I'm not sure what I need to put in this space since my question is listed above. Please help and thank you.
If you are looking at Find A Project, that is the problem. That is not a good place to Find Batches. Click on Web Indexing instead. Then click Find Batches. You will see at the bottom of the search tool there is a bar to choose Language. Choose English and you will find there are at least 43 projects. You can sort them too using the sort feature at the top of the listings.
Thank you Melissa. ;-)
That is really odd, are you indexing from a location in the United States?
@A van Helsdingen You wouldn't be joining groups in the Community. You join the indexing groups on the Web-Indexing page. For instance, quite a few years ago when I wanted to index West Virginia Wills, I joined the West Virginia Indexing Group. When I wanted to index Virginia Birth Records last year, I requested to join the Virginia State indexing group. I had to wait to be accepted into their indexing group. But, that was the only way I had access to the records for indexing.
Sorry. I think there is still an issue. The batches displayed in the Find Batches page does list batches in English but only one (today) is a record set from the United States. Please explain.
No. I am a US expat living in Mexico. I have not experienced problems indexing / reviewing until perhaps 2 months ago. I have contributed nearly 184,000 entries before then. Now all I see available are english languages record sets from the UK, Zambia, Samoa etc.
Are you filtering access based on my IP address?
The answer to the above comment appears to be YES, THE SITE IS FILTERING IP ADDRESSES.
If I enter the site via VPN from a US data center, the indexing function behaves as it has in the past. I can select batches of records for the US.
This is such a bizarre policy for your web site. Why would you prevent people from contributing to US batches because they are working from Mexico but allow them to work on batches from the UK and elsewhere? The logic escapes me.
Hi Charles, I am just a volunteer like everyone else here. I am glad you were able to figure out the reason why there were no US projects available to you. These restrictions have been happening for a while. For instance, only those in New Zealand are indexing NZ records. I don't know why. Perhaps one of the moderators of this Indexing Group can get an answer to that question.
Hello @Linda Taylor_3 You are asking a great question! The reason you are unable to access the records you wish is because they are restricted to those living in that area for record quality purposes and it gives people living in the area the opportunity to connect with the records. If you want to index these records, it would be best to request to join a group from that area.
Click here for an article on how to join a group. I wish you well!
I can understand that FS wants indexing to be accurate, but this latest policy seems arbitary and illogical. If people are now supposed to join "groups" on this community to be able to index certain records, then some sort of announcement or blog post should have been released.
Myself and others have repeatedly suggested the following two ideas over the years, often as part of discussions involving poorly indexed records. Anecdotally, the quality of indexing decreased following the release of the online indexing system.
I think the above would be better than geographical based restrictions.