How the Ontario Genealogical Society's Toronto Branch is making records more accessible—and how you can help

Heading towards the finish line in 2013

Thank you to all the volunteers who found time to work on the Toronto Trust Cemeteries indexing project in 2012. Every name indexed is appreciated and it has been gratifying to see part of our efforts available for researchers.

In fact, a few grateful researchers are now volunteers on the project.

A snowy Toronto Necropolis. ©Jane E. MacNamara
A snowy Toronto Necropolis. ©Jane E. MacNamara

A special thank you to Barry, Joyce, Verna, Heather, Marg, and Valerie who have each indexed and/or arbitrated over 5,000 records. Quite a contribution to family history accessibility, considering that each record contains at least two names and frequently three or more.

In 2012, we indexed 68,838 records and arbitrated 24,590. Our numbers are down a bit from 2011 (when we indexed a spectacular 81,000 records) but still well above the figures from previous years.

We are getting so close to the end! Let me see if I can quantify just how close.

By my calculations, we have indexed roughly 229,000 records since the project started on September 30, 2009. That number includes both indexers, so the real number is about 114,500 records*.

The folks at FamilySearch tell me that we have indexed about 90% of the images or batches, or about 4,260 of the 4,747 images in total. Now if we divide 114,500 records by 4,260 we have an average of about 27 records per page.

But the batches we’re working on now have considerably more than 27 records—closer to double that—so while that means we’re not at 90% of the records, we’re sure getting close!

Please make indexing one of your new year’s resolutions! Even a page or two will help push us towards the finish line in 2013.

*In FamilySearch indexing, every record is indexed by two volunteers independently. An arbitrator resolves any discrepancies between the two interpretations.

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