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Technology advances family history

The Family History Center at BYU-Idaho and advancements in technology provide resources and tools to make family history research more available
to students.

This year, a free new app called “FamilySearch Idexing” can be obtained from the iOS App Store and Android Market that helps make indexing faster and easier.

According to www.tech.lds.org, the FamilySearch Indexing App “simplifies indexing by allowing you to transcribe individual names, or ‘snippets,’ on your mobile device instead of downloading larger batches of names that must all be transcribed as part of a gro.”

Indexing is the process of transcribing information from historical records in order to save and store them in a searchable index.

The Family History Center on campus provides students with opportunities to learn how they can do family history work while attending school.

BYU-I’s Family History Center is run by 37 volunteers who have been called as service missionaries to serve for at least four hours each week.

Brother Douglas Poole, the head missionary of the Family History Center at BYU-I, said their purpose is to assist the students taking Religion 261 – Beginning Family History. They also train and assist ward family history consultants in the 12 university stakes.

Poole said they have worked hard to cater to younger people in their teaching and Internet presence.

Brooke Tabacco, a junior studying early childhood special education, started indexing this year and has already indexed over 1,000 names.

“To be honest, it has not taken much of my time at all,” Tabacco said.

Tabacco said she is able to get about 100 names done in 40 minutes.

“Indexing is easy and fun because you can choose your document type, and its always entertaining to try and decode old style handwriting,” Tabacco said.

Tabacco said indexing has been a worthwhile way to fill her time.

“At the end of the day when I have done a lot of homework and am worn out from soccer, I really like to listen to light music while I index names,” Tabacco said. “It relaxes me and creates a wonderful service opportunity.”

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