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The gathering of Israel on the other side of the veil is moving full speed ahead.  Indexing, a crucial part of family history work, has some new tools to help make records more accessible through “Optical Character Recognition” or “OCR”.  Simply put, OCR is when a computer reads an image and extracts the information from the document.  FamilySearch is currently using this advance in technology on a collection of Spanish language records.  So far, over 64 million images have been indexed ultimately resulting in 900 million indexed records. SO INCREDIBLE!  (You can read the entire article on:

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 https://www.familysearch.org/blog/en/optical-character-recognition-indexing/).

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As efficient as computers are, the records still need to be reviewed by the human eye for accuracy.  If you are interested in becoming an “Index Reviewer” or if you just want to get your feet wet by participating in basic indexing, one of the following links can help you get started:

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  • Want to Help Index Records?

https://www.familysearch.org/indexing/projects

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  • Experienced Indexers Can Become Indexing Reviewers

https://www.familysearch.org/blog/en/review-indexing-batches/

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You can also learn more about OCR by watching the FamilySearch Indexing Team explain how the program actually works.  Here’s the video link:

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  • Family Search Live: Computer Assisted Indexing

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EXcCp5PgS6Q&feature=emb_err_woyt

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In a letter dated February 29, 2012, the First Presidency stated:

“Members are encouraged to participate in FamilySearch indexing which is vital to family history and temple work.” 

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Please share these ideas with your family and members of your ward/branch and take part in this exciting mission!

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Warm-heartedly,X

Bill and Mary Buckley
Riverside Stake Family History Leaders

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P.S.  **REMINDER** – The Virtual 2021 RootsTech Conference is scheduled for February 25 – February 27 and will be “free of charge”.  Click the following link to register:

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https://www.rootstech.org/?lang=eng

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