One young woman in Guatemala summed it up very simply: “I know it is something good and that I am helping other people.”
Giving Back through Indexing
Even as a busy father of young children, Todd Bushman of Meridian, Idaho, finds time to index on a regular basis.
“I index because it is very enjoyable. It has basically become my main hobby,” he said. “Many people like to golf, camp, fish, or make things. I don’t have any of those talents, especially making or fixing things, but I do have a passion for indexing and love the concept of making these records available for others to use.”
Bushman said he finds a lot of meaning and fulfillment in indexing.
“I love thinking about both the people themselves whose names I am helping become available for others to research and thinking about those who will use the digitized records to finally find individuals and families that have eluded them for years,” he said. “When you really start thinking of the records as actual people, it excites you to know you are doing something simple yet extremely beneficial to others.”
Currently, indexing volunteers come from 130 different countries, but more are needed, especially for non-English languages. For more information on how to get started with indexing, visit www:familysearch.org
Check out these other stories from Meridian this week on family history!