Family History Center Indexing Class, March 2009

The Family History Library of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints has undertaken the tremendous task of digitizing all of their millions of microfilms in order to make them available for searching and viewing on the internet. The FHL is seeking volunteers to help with this effort. It is set up so that anyone who is properly trained can access these microfilms and, from the comfort of their own homes (or anywhere else they may have internet access), help in the digitizing process.

Richard Rands was our speaker at the Society's March General Meeting. The FHL digitizing project has become Richard's passion and he is eager to enlist anyone willing to help. Following the morning meeting, Richard stayed for an afternoon training session, for which 6 Society members signed up to attend. These pictures, taken by our President Ed Mason, show our volunteers learning the finer points of the indexing process.

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Richard Rands explains the details involved in indexing the FHL microfilms. Attendees looking on are (l to r): Mary Tom, Jane Nowicki, Janet Broderick, Linda Bailey, and Dorothy Stanton.

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Looking over Richard's shoulder, we see all six of the attendees (l to r): Dorothy Stanton, Ileen Peterson, Bob Venter, Sherri Hedman, Mary Tom, and Jane Nowicki.

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Each attendee was assigned a computer from which to work. Here Dorothy Stanton (foreground) and Ileen Peterson are deep in thought as they contemplate the situation.

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Interestingly enough, Bob Venter, Sherri Hedman, Mary Tom, and Jane Nowicki appear to have been told not to touch their computers.