Tuesday, February 23, 2010

The Phenomenon That is You

I have a new hobby! YAY! And I love it.

This is a great way for me to be involved with the Family History movement going on right now. Since I was a little girl I have been intrigued by the stories of my ancestors. I love to read old family biographies and histories and letters (it is so fun to see their personalities and how similar I am to them!) We should not be so selfish nor naive to think that who we are is purely a result of us, but we have been shaped by faces long passed that we will never know but who surely paved the path we continue on today. Even with this interest I have in them though, the term FAMILY HISTORY always seemed so obtuse and heavy and like so much to take on all at once. But I have found that indexing is the perfect way to get started.

In a talk given awhile ago by Elder Faust (The Phenomenon That is You, I know, I totally stole his title but I really don't think he minds) he encourages youth to "begin somewhere". In so many instances in life, you just have start, just put your best foot forward, and MOVE. It reminds me of some of the words from the hymn Lead Kindly Light

Keep thou my feet; I do not ask to see
The distant scene- one step enough for me.

If you want to try it out for yourself just click on the word INDEXING above (because I hyperlinked it!) and click on Volunteer and you can download the program and begin working on a batch (which is just a record- census, birth certificate, etc that you convert from a hard to an electronic copy--SO EASY) and become part of a WORLDWIDE effort to make these records available FOR FREE!


Dave said...

Booyah! I love indexing! I'm so glad you've caught the bug now too! I've only been doing it for about 6 months, but I love it. Thanks for this post!

AEJones said...

Ha ha ha. I love you, but I think we have too much time on our hands. Time to go get massages.

bre said...

Is that a 3 or a 7 or maybe an m?