FamilySearch is a worldwide archive project provided free by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Recently they celebrated a milestone of mammoth proportions when they reached the one billion mark of historical records having been transferred from hand-written archives to online documents, much of this achieved by volunteers.

This encouraging information was found on Keighley News in their article, “Historic archive landmark reached by Keighley volunteers.” In the Keighley area in West Yorkshire, England, a group of volunteers spanning all ages spend several hours each month carrying out the indexing process. One of them, 18-year-old Ruth Henson, said:

“Indexing is my way of saying these names on an old document are not just names, but real people just like me. They deserve not to be forgotten. They deserve a legacy.”

Bravo, Ruth.

Melody K. Smith

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