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Volunteers Around the World Prepare to Index Family History Records

22,000 people have signed up so far to help others learn more about their ancestors

Tens of thousands of volunteers are expected to take part in a worldwide event later this month as historical records are indexed for easier access by members of the public.

The global indexing event is scheduled for 20 – 22 October 2017.


The event is sponsored by FamilySearch, an international genealogical association that offers free access to historical records to anyone.

“This is a wonderful opportunity to serve people worldwide,” said Allison Hadley, FamilySearch indexing marketing specialist.

“Indexing is a fun and engaging way to provide meaningful community service, to get involved in family history and historic records preservation and access.”

Learn more about the event here.

Watch a brief introductory video about family history indexing:

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