Genealogical Group Starts at Camas Library

Starting Saturday, May 4th from 3:30 – 5:00 pm, East Clark County’s new Genealogical Indexing Group will meet at the Camas Library once a month.

Instruction will be given each month on how to successfully participate in the FamilySearch indexing program at FamilySearch.org. Anyone interested in helping with family history is invited to be a volunteer indexer. Participants will need to bring their laptops to download the indexing software, and the library will provide wifi.

FamilySearch indexing is the process of reading digitized versions of physical records—such as passenger lists, census, vital, probate, and church records—and typing the information they contain into an online searchable database. Through this work, indexing volunteers make it possible for members and other family history researchers to easily locate their ancestors’ information on the Internet. Since the introduction of FamilySearch indexing in 2006, over 800 million records have been digitized.

The Granite Mountain Records Vault in the mountainside above Salt Lake City now contains nearly two and a half million microfilms from 110 countries and principalities. Very little of the information contained in these films is available online. FamilySearch indexing creates indexes to this information and makes it available to everyone on the Internet in nine different languages.

The FamilySearch indexing software was designed for busy people who have only short blocks of time to devote to family history work. Monthly get-togethers will focus on questions and participants will learn tips through work sessions.

Beginning in June, meetings will be held the second Saturday of each month, 3:30 – 5:00 pm at the Camas Library.

For questions, please contact Jennifer Johnson at 360-607-5061 or email her at [email protected]

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