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FamilySearch indexing: Shooting at the Baptist Church!

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:

Black shooting

“Wrongful death”*


*Silence of the Lambs-1991

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I am an Indexer!

FamilySearch IndexingAnd it is so easy to do… and so much fun!

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!”

I signed up, downloaded the indexing software, watched the introductory video (all of which took about 15 minutes to complete)… and then my soon-to-be-3-year-old-grandson Justin came to visit….

So this morning I downloaded the first batch of images (I chose Texas Death Certificates, of course!) and began my career as an Indexer!

indexingThe software is extremely simple to use and the toughest part of the whole job was reading the handwritten entries.


Nothing new here.

The first batch of images was of 1o death certificates from Nov 1911 in Kaufman County, Texas. Took about 10 minutes to complete. Piece o’ cake!

And I can do this at 3am in my jammies!