Latest technology aids volunteer projects
FamilySearch has released a new interface for its volunteer data transcribers, available via the FamilySearch Indexing web page, www.familysearch.org/ indexing/. This year alone the site has indexed more than 1.3 million records, thanks to more than 80,000 volunteers. Current UK-related projects which anyone can contribute to include bishops’ transcripts for Devon, parish registers for Warwickshire and marriage bond records held at the National Library of Wales.
Meanwhile a new technology platform for similar crowdsourced indexing projects has celebrated its first major milestone of facilitating the indexing of 100,000 records. Crowd Sourced Indexing (CSI) provides its software for free to family history societies and other special interest groups – all each project needs as a minimum is an administrator, and the system is all run through a standard web browser. CSI is the work of Banai Lynn Feldstein. At present the platform is only being used for projects focused on the USA, Israel and Eastern Europe, but there is no reason why it would not help UK groups. For further details, visit www.csindexing.com.