I recently volunteered as a FamilySearch indexer and I have been working on Texas Deaths, 1890-1976.
These documents are so interesting! As a genealogist with a nursing background, I am simply fascinated as I read these death certificates. So many of the illness and accidents that killed people 80-1oo years ago are easily survivable today.
But no all…
This morning I indexed the death certificate of a man who died in a Temple, Texas hospital in 1922. On a whim, I decided to check GenealogyBank for a newspaper mention of the incident that lead to this man’s death.
Here from the 8 Aug 1922 edition of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram:
A huge amount of the genealogical data that I have found on my ancestors is available thanks to the hard work of volunteers. I, too, am a volunteer, for Find-A-Grave and Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness. But my work for Find-A-Grave is rather limited (weather, time, location) and RAOGK is in limbo right now.
I want to continue to PAY IT FORWARD!
I have been thinking about volunteering to index the 1940 U S Census images, but I was really undecided…
How difficult will it be?
How much time does it take?
Will I be committed to work at a certain pace?
Fear of commitment? I reckon…
But last night, I took the plunge and said “I do!”