Worldwide-Indexing-EventUpdate from FamilySearch on Sunday at 10:00pm MDT: Participation in the Worldwide Indexing Event is reaching unprecedented levels and is even higher than we or our engineers anticipated (almost 6,000 submitters in the first 3 hours). Consequently the system is processing work very slowly. Thanks for your patience! May we suggest working later in the evening or early in the morning (MDT) when demand is lightest? Thanks for your support!

Next weekend, July 20-21, join volunteers from around the world for the Worldwide Indexing Event. The goal is to have 50,000 indexers and arbitrators submit at least one batch in a 24-hour period. Do more if you would like, but one batch is all that is required to be counted in the record.

This remarkable goal will require help from everyone who has indexed before, plus many new volunteers.

Mark your calendar and spread the word by inviting friends and family to join you. Share the Facebook event page, organize an indexing party, or create a fun family challenge or a church service project. Everyone is needed and everyone can make a difference.

The previous record was set on July 2, 2012, when a total of 49,025 indexers and arbitrators joined together to set the all-time record for the most indexing participants in a single day. But we will beat that record this weekend.

No matter where you live or what language you speak, you can participate and add to this historic worldwide achievement. You may choose to work on any project you prefer. However, we suggest that you work on the following projects in your native language:

  • US—Obituaries, 1980–2014
  • US—Passport Applications, 1795-1925
  • US, New Orleans—Passenger Lists, 1820-1902
  • UK, Manchester—Parish Registers, 1787-1999

The record-setting begins at 00:00 coordinated universal time (UTC) on July 21, which is 6:00 p.m. mountain daylight time (MDT or Utah time) on Sunday, July 20. It ends 24 hours later, at 23:59 UTC (or 5:59 p.m. MDT) on Monday, July 21. Check the FamilySearch Facebook event page for your local start time and status updates. (For Utah, it’s Sunday, July 20 from 6:00pm until Monday, July 21 at 5:59pm.)

Through the selfless efforts of worldwide volunteers like you, millions of people have found their ancestors. At the end of this exciting 24-hour event, millions more records will be available and ancestors will be found.

One batch is all it takes. Don’t miss your chance on July 20 and 21 to be part of this history-making event. Plan now to get involved and add your name to the record-setting legacy.

New indexers can visit to learn more about how to join the FamilySearch indexing effort.

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