Trying to find a beginner indexing project
I'm trying to show my son how to do indexing, but all of the projects that I've opened are advanced. How do I find a beginner project?
Hello. A good beginning point for your son would be the muster records. They are marked as intermediate, but the majority of the records are typed so he would have be good feel for the names he will be typing. Have him try those first. Good luck!4
Click on "find batches" on upper right side, then on the left side are options to checkmark, begineer, Inter. or advanced. Click any of those on or off to find what is available.1
Im not sure if there are beginner projects, because I havnt seen any in recent memory. However I got just the thing for you.
When you go to 'Find Batches' scroll down until you see: |United States-- Enlistment and Officer Muster Rolls and Rosters, 1916-1939 [Part K]| (click the star to bookmark it).
It lists them as Intermediate, but these batches are the best to index in my opinion, if you are a beginner.
- the names are all in print, so its easier to index for starters who have trouble with old handwriting
- each name has only 7 fields to fill out, Surname, Given, Month, Day, Year, and Birthplace and Age (these last two they practically never give, usually Just the first 5)
- each batch can have anywhere from 1 name, to 60+ and because of the ease in indexing each name, its a huge motivation boost to new indexers, seeing those indexing totals add up fast on your home page with just a few batches done! vs a birth record for example which alot of people start on, and its 52 fields to index for 1 name and they lose interest.
The second option would be to index census records, which are also lists like these, but they have a few more fields to fill out and they usually have 10 or so per record.
I know this is an intermediate batch and not a beginners, but its really simple and I hope your son will have fun indexing them just the same! Hope this helps0
If you search on muster you will find this batch that would be good for your son.
Hopefully this will help.
Thank you for helping Index. That helps so many find records about their ancestors.0