Crowdsourcing Opportunity: You Can Help!

Do you want to help get New Jersey resources online?  If so, here’s your opportunity to lend a hand in a crowd-sourcing project.   FamilySearch indexers and arbitrators make it possible for FamilySearch.org to publish an average of 1.3 million freely searchable records containing more than three million names each day.

Searchable historic records are made available on FamilySearch.org through the help of thousands of volunteers from around the world. These volunteers transcribe (index) information from digital copies of handwritten records to make them easily searchable online. More volunteers are needed (particularly those who can read foreign languages) to keep pace with the large number of digital images being published online at FamilySearch.org.  In the FamilySearch indexing system, historical records are indexed by two different volunteers, then an experienced indexer known as an arbitrator reviews and corrects any discrepancies between the two indexers’ work. Only then can records be published for researchers on FamilySearch.org.  Continue reading

Early Halloween Treat for NJ Genealogists: 1915 NJ State census

Earlier this month, FamilySearch released a new Historical Records Collection online for New Jersey researchers – the 1915 NJ State census.   New Jersey was one of ten states that took a census in 1915; however this enumeration was the seventh and last state census that the Garden State had completed.[1] This indexed collection adds another state census database to the existing records collections list that includes 1885 and 1905.  Hopefully, FamilySearch will be able to add the images to these censuses in the future.

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