Monday, May 16, 2011

Taking Part in an Indexing Project

Liz Stratton
In an earlier post, Liz Stratton invited members of the Hamilton County Genealogical Society to participate in an indexing project as part of "Make a Difference Day."  The event was held in conjunction with the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.  Volunteers reported to the Technology Lab adjacent to the Genealogy and History Department of the Main Library.  Liz was able to explain the procedures and we were all able to participate with little difficulty and not much of a learning curve -- even Kenny!!

Deb Cyprich and Kenny Burck

Our task was to index records compiled for Columbia Township dating back to the early 1800s.  "Earmarks" were recorded from as early as 1793!  (I learned that in this case, "earmarks" are cuts or marks in the ears of animals made to show ownership -- not to funds allocated for specific projects by legislators).

 By the end of the day, I think all of us felt comfortable with the task.  Many of us took additional pages that we could continue to index from home.  (In my case, that means from the comfort of my recliner, laptop on lap). 

I'm hoping as time goes on, more and more of us will feel comfortable taking on these projects.  I truly enjoyed the opportunity to work with other Chapter members in a low-stress, friendly environment.  I look forward to participating in this and other similar projects.

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