I would like to start indexing, however I am total newbie. When I find a batch they are all advanced/intermediate. Is there no beginners level?
Im not sure... I think birth records are beginner level, but they have a lot of info to index and its all for just 1 record.
I have just checked out different batches and seen what it takes to index them. If they require a lot of fields to fill out, and its a little too difficult, you can return them. Its no problem because someone else will index it, so dont feel bad if you have to send them back.
My tip is to find a list batch. All you would do is type names, dates maybe, and other little bits of info for an entire list of names. It will be easy to start with, and it will feel super satisfying to see the names stack up fast in your indexing totals. Examples of these are batches for directories, enlistment/muster rolls, census records, and stuff like that.
dont worry about being a newbie, youll learn fast. and once you hit 1000 indexed records, you get Reviewer status and you can double check other peoples indexes before its finally submitted instead of doing the heavy work all the time!
Hi Isabella. There are several intermediate projects that are good for beginners. If you read cursive, the Virginia Vital Records and Marriage Records would be good projects. Naturalization records are also good. Once you read the project instructions, click on every example, and the field helps, you will have a good idea of how to index.
I always like to refer new indexers to two videos. The first is a discussion with Jason Pierson who was instrumental in designing this program. The actual indexing lesson begins around the 8 minute mark, but, it is also interesting to listen to the beginning. Indexing Discussion (Jason Pierson Live)
The second video is a bit out of date because changes were made to the program, but, it gives you a very good overview of how to index.
Getting Started with FamilySearch Web Indexing - Kathryn Grant