Since FamilySearch Indexing is automating about 1 million historical documents every day, via 100,000 LDS memebrs and other volunteers, why are so few folks using this new resource?
Try it at:
The basic search boxes are simple.
To see which projects are coming online, you click on a map of the world, then look for your country, then a more specific locality in an alphabetical list. For example, new databses include:
* Delaware statewide births, 1861-1908 (I've seen these on film and they are good)
* Massachusetts statewide deaths, 1841-1915 (I've seen these in MA and they are great)
* Minnesota State Census, 1895 (I've used this; good substitute for missing 1890 federal)
* Rhode Island State Census, 1915 (I've used this to find immigrants from the 'big flood')
Note that some files are digitized documents only (index coming), some are index only (images coming), and others are indexes with links to a digitized original document. Two or three independent volunteers extract the key data for each index as the images are sent to their home computer.
We should love all such volunteers!
In addition to the 250 million new names, they are hundreds of million of names from previous census indexing which are being improved; this includes U.S. 1850-1920, Canada 1851, 1871, 1891 (1881 on the old FamilySearch).
Would you like me to add samples of the documents being indexed?