Sunday, September 9, 2007

1930 Mexican Census Indexing Project

I hope everyone is ready to help out with the indexing of the 1930 Mexican census. If you haven't already heard, the census is one of the upcoming projects that will be available through FamilySearch's new web-based indexing program.

The project will be the first Spanish project offered through FamilySearch Indexing (FSI), and will be an excellent research tool for anyone doing Mexican family history research. If you haven't indexed before, it is now easier than ever before. Visit http://www.familysearchindexing.org and register...your account will be activated within a couple of days. Once your account has been activated you will be able to choose from several different projects to help in the indexing efforts.

FSI has plenty of tutorials to get you going. It will walk you through the download of the FSI software, and other items that will help you as you index. The neatest thing about FSI, besides from being web-based, is that you can work at your own pace. A batch (one census page in this case) will take about 30 minutes to do. If you get interrupted you will be able to save your work and return when you have time.

Your participation in the Mexico 1930 census project is very important. If enough people participate and FamilySearch sees that Spanish projects are getting accomplished quickly, then they will inevitably post more Spanish projects. Once projects are done (in some cases partly finished) they will be published on the new Record Search (http://search.labs.familysearch.org). Evidence of this is the handful of collections they already have posted on the site. Up to this point the U.S. 1900 census has been the major project...as one state is indexed (and checked), then the index along with the images are posted on the site.

Image the day when hundreds of Spanish record collections are posted on the internet free to search. I think the Mexican 1930 census project will only be the tip of the iceberg for Spanish family history related records posted online...we can either standby and wait for others to do the work, or we can actively participate and help speed up the process.

Please visit http://www.familysearchindexing.org and register. Your help is needed...remember: "If we all do a little, then we can all do a lot." Keep your eyes open for the Mexico 1930 census project to be released within a week or two. The following Mexican states will be the first to be indexed:

  • Aguascalientes
  • Baja and Campeche
  • Chiapas
  • Chihuahua
FamilySearch Indexing works/partners with genealogy and historical societies and other interested groups (see bottom of the page). If you belong to a society or group you may want to contact the FamilySearch Indexing support at: indexing@support.familysearch.org

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