Indexing in a Second Language Made Easy – FamilySearch October 22, 2020

I saw this on FamilySearch today- Indexing in a Second Language Made Easy: If you have a second language you are fluent it, check out the original article . The article is much longer, but here’s a taste of it.

October 22, 2020  – by Sharon Howell


Are you looking for more records to advane your family history research? If you have heritage from another country—and many people do!—chances are that just a few generations back, your ancestors’ genealogical records are in a foreign language. To be more accessible, these records will need to be indexed.  

If you have not considered indexing in a foreign language, you might be surprised; it’s easier than you might think!

Why Index in a Second Language?

One way to learn about where your ancestors came from, both geographically and historically, is to become familiar with the records for the place where they lived. Indexing in another language can also be a handy way to learn or relearn a language.

However, indexing is needed for another reason. More than 60 percent of FamilySearch indexing volunteers are from English-speaking countries. As a result, searchable records in English outnumber the combined total of searchable records in all other languages 10 to 1. Indexing in other languages is needed to help people all over the world find their ancestors!


What Is Required of Nonnative-Language Indexers?

All you need is a modest amount of free time, a decent amount of experience with indexing, and a willingness to learn basic skills. As you persist, the process becomes faster, the records become more familiar, and the language becomes easier to understand.

4 Steps to Get Started

1. Get acquainted with tools and resources for indexing.


2. Choose an indexing project, and view project details.


3. Read project instructions, view samples, and review field helps.


4. Know where you can get help with indexing.


About Wichita Genealogist

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