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By arturoramos - Posted on 08 October 2007

Dear Nuestros Ranchos Members:

This afternoon, Joseph, Mickey and I had a conference call with Ruth Schirmacher and Lynn Turner of the Family History Library in Salt Lake City where they proposed that Nuestros Ranchos serve as the pilot group to use Family Search's new digital online indexing technology to index Latin American records.

As most of you are probably aware, Family Search has already taken on indexing the entirety of the surviving 1930 Mexico Census. If you have not yet done so, I suggest you go to:

http://www.familysearchindexing.org

and sign up as a volunteer, download the software and try out the indexing software. You can choose to specifically work on the Aguascalientes portion of the 1930 Mexico census (which is now being indexed) or any other one of the indexing projects currently being worked on.

The proposal made to Nuestros Ranchos is for the indexing of earlier censuses from our region (Jalisco, Zacatecas and Aguascalientes). What this would require would be getting a core of people from the group who are experienced in extracting Mexican records to serve as arbitrators and do quality control and to recruit a larger group of volunteers from within the group and from outside of it who would be willing to do the indexing.

The first step is to identify the censuses that we would want to index. The only prerequisite is that the census be filmed in the Family History Library's collection. I personally believe that colonial era censuses would be the most useful, so we would like to identify any and all films that include censuses from our three states, especially those from before 1820. Please let us know of any films from your towns that you know of, especially if they are older censuses. Many are listed in the catalog with the subject as "Census", "Padron" or "Padrones" but many others are simply listed under parroquial records or are included in a film with other records (baptisms, marriages, etc).

Also, if you have ever used a colonial era census film or would like to participate as an arbitrator to do quality control, please let us know.

I think this is a great opportunity for each of us to contribute to genealogy research from our region. The indexes will be made available for searching to the general public online as will the images of the census films. By agreeing to provide volunteers for this project, we get the digitization and online availabilty of these census films prioritized. I personally am very excited about the project and flattered that the Family History Library chose Nuestros Ranchos to be the pilot group. I hope you can all share in this excitement.

Yes this is a great privilege to have the opportunity to be involved in
a project this important. We are on the cutting edge of getting
information on our area of research put online and accessible to the
public (eventually). Not only can we do something to advance our own
research but we'll be able to hold our heads high knowing that future
generations will have access to this information online in part thanks
to our efforts. Join Arturo, Mickey and I as we join in an effort to
make this project successful. There is a little time before we actually
get started but the time is NOW for you to take Arturo's advice and go
to: http://www.familysearchindexing.org and sign up as a volunteer,
download the software and try out the indexing project. Today I took
that first step and did my first page of the 1930 Aguascalientes Census.
I wish I had listened sooner and was doing pages bit by bit as I had the
time. But at least I've started and I'd like to encourage you to do the
same.

I was able to edit a recording of our conversation this afternoon. Have
a listen when you have time if you want to hear what we discussed:

http://josephpuentes.com/misc/2007-10-08_LDS-NR01_IndexingProject.mp3
http://josephpuentes.com/misc/2007-10-08_LDS-NR02_IndexingProject.mp3

joseph

====================

Joseph Puentes
http://PleaseListenToYourMom.com (Women's Peace Podcast)
http://H2Opodcast.com (Environment Podcast)
http://H2Opodcast.blogspot.com/ (Blog for above)
http://NuestraFamiliaUnida.com (Latin American History Podcast)

arturoramos wrote:
> Dear Nuestros Ranchos Members:
>
> This afternoon, Joseph, Mickey and I had a conference call with Ruth Schumaker and Lynn Turner of the Family History Library in Salt Lake City where they proposed that Nuestros Ranchos serve as the pilot group to use Family Search's new digital online indexing technology to index Latin American records.
>
> As most of you are probably aware, Family Search has already taken on indexing the entirety of the surviving 1930 Mexico Census. If you have not yet done so, I suggest you go to:
>
> http://www.familysearchindexing.org
>
> and sign up as a volunteer, download the software and try out the indexing software. You can choose to specifically work on the Aguascalientes portion of the 1930 Mexico census (which is now being indexed) or any other one of the indexing projects currently being worked on.
>
> The proposal made to Nuestros Ranchos is for the indexing of earlier censuses from our region (Jalisco, Zacatecas and Aguascalientes). What this would require would be getting a core of people from the group who are experienced in extracting Mexican records to serve as arbitrators and do quality control and to recruit a larger group of volunteers from within the group and from outside of it who would be willing to do the indexing.
>
> The first step is to identify the censuses that we would want to index. The only prerequisite is that the census be filmed in the Family History Library's collection. I personally believe that colonial era censuses would be the most useful, so we would like to identify any and all films that include censuses from our three states, especially those from before 1820. Please let us know of any films from your towns that you know of, especially if they are older censuses. Many are listed in the catalog with the subject as "Census", "Padron" or "Padrones" but many others are simply listed under parroquial records or are included in a film with other records (baptisms, marriages, etc).
>
> Also, if you have ever used a colonial era census film or would like to participate as an arbitrator to do quality control, please let us know.
>
> I think this is a great opportunity for each of us to contribute to genealogy research from our region. The indexes will be made available for searching to the general public online as will the images of the census films. By agreeing to provide volunteers for this project, we get the digitization and online availabilty of these census films prioritized. I personally am very excited about the project and flattered that the Family History Library chose Nuestros Ranchos to be the pilot group. I hope you can all share in this excitement.

I already signed in as a "volunteer" do I have to be more specific to be a
part of this great project and opportunity to contribute to our genealogy
research for our region?
Thanks for the opportunity I am happy to participate.
I just to be able to access the films to give any information on what films
contain census, but I can input data I already did for the 1930 census,
that it turn out to be for Ensenada ,Baja California Norte and not for
Aguascalientes.
It is fun, I travel a lot with my work and spend many nights in hotels, do
not like TV so this is a good time that I can participate in this existing
project.

Sylvia H Corona

Sorry, I did not explain my self on my previous note.
I live in Ukiah, California a rural community, the LDS Family Center here
only opens on T, W & TH from 10 to 1 and W from 6-8, making it very hard to
really access the library.
To add to this dilemma I travel a lot with my work so even if I order a
film sometimes I can not find the time to be in town and view the film
before it has to be returned to Salt Lake.

Sylvia H Corona

Sylvia:

Our project will likely not get started until the new year. If you are already signed up as a volunteer for the general indexing projects and have downloaded the software it will be fairly simple to give you access to our project when it gets started.

As I mentioned to Esperanza, you can do one image per sitting (justa few minutes) or spend a day doing this... you can give whatever time you have. With some basic training I think you can recruit family members to help as well.

How much room does the software takeon your pc?

Thanks,
--
Esther A. Herold

-------------- Original message from Joseph Puentes : --------------

> Yes this is a great privilege to have the opportunity to be involved in
> a project this important. We are on the cutting edge of getting
> information on our area of research put online and accessible to the
> public (eventually). Not only can we do something to advance our own
> research but we'll be able to hold our heads high knowing that future
> generations will have access to this information online in part thanks
> to our efforts. Join Arturo, Mickey and I as we join in an effort to
> make this project successful. There is a little time before we actually
> get started but the time is NOW for you to take Arturo's advice and go
> to: http://www.familysearchindexing.org and sign up as a volunteer,
> download the software and try out the indexing project. Today I took
> that first step and did my first page of the 1930 Aguascalientes Census.
> I wish I had listened sooner and was doing pages bit by bit as I had the
> time. But at least I've started and I'd like to encourage you to do the
> same.
>
> I was able to edit a recording of our conversation this afternoon. Have
> a listen when you have time if you want to hear what we discussed:
>
> http://josephpuentes.com/misc/2007-10-08_LDS-NR01_IndexingProject.mp3
> http://josephpuentes.com/misc/2007-10-08_LDS-NR02_IndexingProject.mp3
>
> joseph
>
> ====================
>
> Joseph Puentes
> http://PleaseListenToYourMom.com (Women's Peace Podcast)
> http://H2Opodcast.com (Environment Podcast)
> http://H2Opodcast.blogspot.com/ (Blog for above)
> http://NuestraFamiliaUnida.com (Latin American History Podcast)
>
>
>
> arturoramos wrote:
> > Dear Nuestros Ranchos Members:
> >
> > This afternoon, Joseph, Mickey and I had a conference call with Ruth Schumaker
> and Lynn Turner of the Family History Library in Salt Lake City where they
> proposed that Nuestros Ranchos serve as the pilot group to use Family Search's
> new digital online indexing technology to index Latin American records.
> >
> > As most of you are probably aware, Family Search has already taken on indexing
> the entirety of the surviving 1930 Mexico Census. If you have not yet done so,
> I suggest you go to:
> >
> > http://www.familysearchindexing.org
> >
> > and sign up as a volunteer, download the software and try out the indexing
> software. You can choose to specifically work on the Aguascalientes portion of
> the 1930 Mexico census (which is now being indexed) or any other one of the
> indexing projects currently being worked on.
> >
> > The proposal made to Nuestros Ranchos is for the indexing of earlier censuses
> from our region (Jalisco, Zacatecas and Aguascalientes). What this would
> require would be getting a core of people from the group who are experienced in
> extracting Mexican records to serve as arbitrators and do quality control and to
> recruit a larger group of volunteers from within the group and from outside of
> it who would be willing to do the indexing.
> >
> > The first step is to identify the censuses that we would want to index. The
> only prerequisite is that the census be filmed in the Family History Library's
> collection. I personally believe that colonial era censuses would be the most
> useful, so we would like to identify any and all films that include censuses
> from our three states, especially those from before 1820. Please let us know of
> any films from your towns that you know of, especially if they are older
> censuses. Many are listed in the catalog with the subject as "Census", "Padron"
> or "Padrones" but many others are simply listed under parroquial records or are
> included in a film with other records (baptisms, marriages, etc).
> >
> > Also, if you have ever used a colonial era census film or would like to
> participate as an arbitrator to do quality control, please let us know.
> >
> > I think this is a great opportunity for each of us to contribute to genealogy
> research from our region. The indexes will be made available for searching to
> the general public online as will the images of the census films. By agreeing
> to provide volunteers for this project, we get the digitization and online
> availabilty of these census films prioritized. I personally am very excited
> about the project and flattered that the Family History Library chose Nuestros
> Ranchos to be the pilot group. I hope you can all share in this excitement.
> > -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
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> >
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> >
> > To change your subscription, log on to:
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> >
> >
> >
>

This is a great opportunity for us to participate as a volunteer. I've already signed up, and spent several hours yesterday.

----- Original Message ----
From: arturoramos
To: research@lists.nuestrosranchos.com
Sent: Monday, October 8, 2007 3:19:49 PM
Subject: [Nuestros Ranchos] Census Indexing Project in Cooperation with the Family History Library

Dear Nuestros Ranchos Members:

This afternoon, Joseph, Mickey and I had a conference call with Ruth Schumaker and Lynn Turner of the Family History Library in Salt Lake City where they proposed that Nuestros Ranchos serve as the pilot group to use Family Search's new digital online indexing technology to index Latin American records.

As most of you are probably aware, Family Search has already taken on indexing the entirety of the surviving 1930 Mexico Census. If you have not yet done so, I suggest you go to:

http://www.familysearchindexing.org

and sign up as a volunteer, download the software and try out the indexing software. You can choose to specifically work on the Aguascalientes portion of the 1930 Mexico census (which is now being indexed) or any other one of the indexing projects currently being worked on.

The proposal made to Nuestros Ranchos is for the indexing of earlier censuses from our region (Jalisco, Zacatecas and Aguascalientes). What this would require would be getting a core of people from the group who are experienced in extracting Mexican records to serve as arbitrators and do quality control and to recruit a larger group of volunteers from within the group and from outside of it who would be willing to do the indexing.

The first step is to identify the censuses that we would want to index. The only prerequisite is that the census be filmed in the Family History Library's collection. I personally believe that colonial era censuses would be the most useful, so we would like to identify any and all films that include censuses from our three states, especially those from before 1820. Please let us know of any films from your towns that you know of, especially if they are older censuses. Many are listed in the catalog with the subject as "Census", "Padron" or "Padrones" but many others are simply listed under parroquial records or are included in a film with other records (baptisms, marriages, etc).

Also, if you have ever used a colonial era census film or would like to participate as an arbitrator to do quality control, please let us know.

I think this is a great opportunity for each of us to contribute to genealogy research from our region. The indexes will be made available for searching to the general public online as will the images of the census films. By agreeing to provide volunteers for this project, we get the digitization and online availabilty of these census films prioritized. I personally am very excited about the project and flattered that the Family History Library chose Nuestros Ranchos to be the pilot group. I hope you can all share in this excitement.

Arturo, hi this is Pilar Felix I am taking a taking part in the indexing and
is a great opportunity to do it. I also was ask to help to do a little for
Coahuila and Colima. I was wondering if there is other census beside 1930.
I am a member for the church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and I am a
family history consultant and I am trying for some of our members to also
help with the indexing. I live in Mesa, Arizona and I am wondering if there
is someone from the group that lives close by? We have a great Family
History Center and is open Mon-Sat. there are lots of films from Zacatecas,
Jalisco and I am ordering some from Aguascalientes. We have all the films
from the 1930 census of Mexico. There are wonderful full time and part time
missionaries helping anyone with there geneology. Let me know how I can
help. I have 4 kids (8 yrs, 7 yrs, 3 yrs and 2) but I can find time here and
there to do my geneology.
----- Original Message -----
From: "arturoramos"
To:
Sent: Monday, October 08, 2007 3:19 PM
Subject: [Nuestros Ranchos] Census Indexing Project in Cooperation with
theFamily History Library

>
> Dear Nuestros Ranchos Members:
>
> This afternoon, Joseph, Mickey and I had a conference call with Ruth
> Schumaker and Lynn Turner of the Family History Library in Salt Lake City
> where they proposed that Nuestros Ranchos serve as the pilot group to use
> Family Search's new digital online indexing technology to index Latin
> American records.
>
> As most of you are probably aware, Family Search has already taken on
> indexing the entirety of the surviving 1930 Mexico Census. If you have
> not yet done so, I suggest you go to:
>
> http://www.familysearchindexing.org
>
> and sign up as a volunteer, download the software and try out the indexing
> software. You can choose to specifically work on the Aguascalientes
> portion of the 1930 Mexico census (which is now being indexed) or any
> other one of the indexing projects currently being worked on.
>
> The proposal made to Nuestros Ranchos is for the indexing of earlier
> censuses from our region (Jalisco, Zacatecas and Aguascalientes). What
> this would require would be getting a core of people from the group who
> are experienced in extracting Mexican records to serve as arbitrators and
> do quality control and to recruit a larger group of volunteers from within
> the group and from outside of it who would be willing to do the indexing.
>
> The first step is to identify the censuses that we would want to index.
> The only prerequisite is that the census be filmed in the Family History
> Library's collection. I personally believe that colonial era censuses
> would be the most useful, so we would like to identify any and all films
> that include censuses from our three states, especially those from before
> 1820. Please let us know of any films from your towns that you know of,
> especially if they are older censuses. Many are listed in the catalog
> with the subject as "Census", "Padron" or "Padrones" but many others are
> simply listed under parroquial records or are included in a film with
> other records (baptisms, marriages, etc).
>
> Also, if you have ever used a colonial era census film or would like to
> participate as an arbitrator to do quality control, please let us know.
>
> I think this is a great opportunity for each of us to contribute to
> genealogy research from our region. The indexes will be made available
> for searching to the general public online as will the images of the
> census films. By agreeing to provide volunteers for this project, we get
> the digitization and online availabilty of these census films prioritized.
> I personally am very excited about the project and flattered that the
> Family History Library chose Nuestros Ranchos to be the pilot group. I
> hope you can all share in this excitement.

Pilar:

Thank you for your words of encouragement to the rest of us regarding getting involved in the indexing. I agree with you that we should not limit our contribution to just Aguascalientes. Volunteers' work is valuable to someone somewhere and getting the entire 1930 Mexico Census indexed will certainly be a great accomplishment and asset for the general Mexico genealogy community.

As far as finding other members that are near you, you can click on the search button on the upper right of the screen, then click on the "User" tab and then on "Advanced". You will then be able to choose to search for users in Arizona.

http://www.nuestrosranchos.com/search/user/advanced

I know that Northern California members meet every so often in person. It would be great to get similar regional groups throughout the country.

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