How can we get some "better" records to index? Several in my ward are willing to learn, but they are scared off by Africa, Sweden, Ireland. Can we not do some from America? esp birth ,marriage, and death cert?
We totally understand how excited your members are to index records that suit their skills level. If they are starting to learn the best is to start with the overview of Indexing, followed by the Guided tour -which gives them 4 records to index once they finish they are taken to choose a batch to index.
On indexing page and click Find a Project
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I understand! When I search, there are 10 projects for the United States (America) and they are either Land Records, Deeds, or Tax Records (4 intermediate and 6 advanced). But, I would encourage you to try India Madras Diocese Protestant Church Records. They are listed as advanced, but, when you read the instructions, and look at the examples, they aren't that difficult and the names are familiar. There is no reason why you couldn't teach beginners how to index these forms! The burials might give them pause, but, they can also learn to hit the Return Batch button when they aren't comfortable indexing something.
Here is a link to a batch that you can have a look at. https://www.familysearch.org/indexing/batch/be853343-346b-4343-a55f-a9e2c84573d1
When you go to FamilySearch indexing and find a project, it will allow you to chose what country and it will give you records according to your experience.
I hope this helps.
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Looking at details of India Madras Diocese Protestant Church Records, how sad that whoever set up the project took the decision not to index the place of the event. The Diocese of Madras would have covered an enormous area, probably greater than Great Britain, but I suppose everything will be classified as Madras
On the page Melissa has linked, the first two entries took place at Bellary, the other entries Madras City.
A Google Search indicates the two cities are "11 hr 37 min (576.4 km) via NH 44".
One of the pages given as an example in the Project Instructions for Marriages titled "Marriages performed by Laymen and Missionaries", the events are extremely geographically diverse, and all at a distance from Madras City , so far away there was no clergyman to perform the ceremony, but again the place is not captured. Quite misleading if these are classified as Madras.
Surely it is not helpful when Searching if you are unaware an event could have happened hundreds, maybe even thousands of kilometres away.
I think they are getting away from capturing "pin-point" locations. The most important aspect of these projects is providing a searchable name and some other information to make the record searchable, not to do all the work for the researcher. Once the researcher finds the image on a name search, they will be able to see the image and the exact location. This collection will be free for viewing according to the project instructions. The completed index and links to digital images will be freely accessible online to the general public when the collection is published.
For those collections that are not freely accessible, (The completed index and images may have restrictions.) the researcher will have to go to a subscription site, visit a Family History Center, or perhaps their public library, who have subscriptions to Ancestry, Find My Past, etc., or maybe even order a record through a government entity to view the image. Sad as they may be, the owners of records are in this to make a profit. They make that profit by hiding the images from non-payers. (Multi-billion dollar business models and also a way for governments to make a few bucks on certified documents.)
I always try to remember not to let perfection get in the way of "good enough". We all want to make these indexes as revealing as possible, but, I just don't see it happening. I actually think we will index even less information as we index more "for-profit" collections.
My two cents...