This post is in partnership with Family Search‘s Worldwide indexing Event.
I don’t know if you know a whole lot about my personal history, but a large part of what got me interested in pointed pen and calligraphy in general was inheriting an exemplar book from my great-great grandfather.
My great-great Wilfred Anderson had written various notes and scrawlings. Best of all, he wrote his family tree on the back of one of the exemplar pages.
Flipping through those pages was an answer to me in a time of a lot of confusion. After we moved back from the Bay Area we didn’t know what was ahead of us. Going through that piece of my history gave me personal clarity on what passion I needed to pursue.
So why this story and why talk about indexing? I’m such a visual person. Being able to search visual records is CRUCIAL for learning about our history. So would you join me in the world’s largest indexing party?
Learning calligraphy has helped tremendously with reading records! It’s been fascinating going through and decoding script! I hope you join me. See below for instructions.
From July 15-17, FamilySearch International will sponsor the third annual “Worldwide Indexing Event,” bringing 72,000 people from around the globe together online during a 72-hour event to save the world’s records by making them searchable to the public.
During the 72-hour indexing period, volunteers participate by downloading the FamilySearch software and completing as many names as they would like. Anyone with a computer and internet connection can join.
Volunteers have made over one billion historic records searchable online since FamilySearch introduced online indexing in 2008. The demand for indexed records continues to grow as millions of historical records worldwide are added every year.
To join 72,000 teammates in saving the World’s records, visit https://familysearch.org/worldsrecords.
FamilySearch International is the largest genealogy organization in the world. It is a nonprofit, volunteer-driven organization sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. FamilySearch and its predecessors have been actively gathering, preserving, and sharing genealogical records worldwide for over 100 years. Patrons may access FamilySearch services and resources free online at FamilySearch.org or through over 4,921 family history centers in 129 countries.