As DearMYRTLE suggested in her new January 2009 Organizational Checklist for genealogists (how I love checklists!), last night I volunteered to be an indexer for FamilySearch.
After about 30-45 minutes of reading all the training material carefully, I was set free to begin indexing a project of my choice. I chose to index baptismal records for Cheshire, England mostly because they were in Latin and I figured I should put my odd skill-set to some good use.
A day later, I’m hooked, predictably. Not only am I using my Latin (simple though church Latin may be), I am also “paying it forward,” as it were. Hopefully my indexing work will lead another genealogist somewhere down the line to have a “eureka!” moment; I know I’ve silently blessed the volunteers who took the time to transcribe the baptismal records of Our Lady of the Cataract in Niagara Falls.
I encourage any fellow family historians and genealogists to at least look into volunteering for this indexing project. I am tremendously glad I did.