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One of the areas being focused on is indexing of records. Up until now, the digitizing of such records was a slow, cumbersome process. As the article mentions, the church is currently beta testing a software program it has developed to speed up this process a great deal. Several stakes and other non-LDS organizations have been invited to participate in this pilot program. My stake is one of them.
For about a month and a half now I have been using this program to digitize the 1900 census (mostly Pennsylvania). It took me a few weeks to get started because the program only runs on Windows, and I’m a mac user. But after making a deal with God (how does that sound for borderline blasphemy?) I was able to obtain a Macbook, and install Parallels to run Windows simultaneously. Now I can run PAF and the Indexing software.
Our ward was instructed two months ago on how to use the software, with the Bishop challenging us afterwards to do 100-200 names per month (he might have said per week, though I can’t quite remember). Being pretty “turbo” on the computer (and always being on my computer) I decided to up the ante a little. I set a goal for myself to do 1000 names per month. I’m happy to report that I met my goal for the past month. I started on the 26th of August and by the 26th of September I had finished. Since the church tracks progress monthly, I’ll shift from the 26th of each month to the 1st now.
It’s pretty easy to do, and I’ve enjoyed having something so productive and rewarding to do while I’m on the bus to and from work, or while on a lunch break. The hardest part is reading the cursive of men from 100 years ago… sometimes it gets pretty sloppy and hard to discern. But I know that this is moving the Lord’s work along (at an astoundingly fast pace!) and He will help me and others to do so.
I look forward to when this program is publicly released so that all may participate and serve.