29 July 2010

I Just Indexed The President of the United States!

So here it is, 1:00 AM. I cannot sleep so I decide to put in some time at one of many volunteer jobs I do indexing and transcribing. This morning's choice was the San Francisco funeral home records over at sfgenealogy. The funeral homes we are doing this time are: D.I. Kenny (1906-1929), Ganter Felder Kenny (1895-1906), Ganter Maison Domergue (1916-1975) and N. Gray & Co. (1921-1932). I had done about 50 of them and decided to do just 1 more then call it a night.

Does the name: WARREN GAMALIEL HARDING ring a bell? It should, he was our 29th President. I may be a little more intimate with President Harding since
I wrote about him back in September 2009 for "Shades of the Departed Magazine."



I have to tell you, it felt a little creepy, yet a little exciting to see his name pop up like that. Especially in a funeral home record. Especially after I wrote an article about him. Especially since is was 1:00 AM and it was dark and quiet. Bwahahahaha!



So have you gotten around to volunteering for one of the many indexing projects that are going on? Even if all you can do is 1 entry per day, that is 1 more record than before.



11 comments:

Kerry Scott said...

That IS cool. I think I would have been a little creeped out too...but cool.

I haven't volunteered to index yet, but I plan to once my children are old enough to go to school. If I did it now, while I was transcribing that one record, one of them would poop on the floor and the other would...oh, you don't even want to know.

Life with two children under five is incompatible with getting anything done.

lindalee said...

Cool Beans!!! I also do indexing and of course there is always Find A Grave.

Brett Payne said...

That was a nice surprise. I've done a lot of volunteer transcribing and indexing over the years, but I think my favourite was the 1901 and 1911 Canadian Census projects on automatedgenealogy.com. I think this effort paved the way for online crowd-sourcing in genealogy! At the time, the concept was perhaps not revolutionary, but new, and it worked so well.

Ginger Smith said...

Wow, what a neat thing to come across and how ironic that you had just written a post about him recently!

Dr. Bill (William L.) Smith said...

That is neat! Our session at Midwest Family History Expo in Kansas City today by Family Search urged us to consider volunteering to do indexing. These seems like another reminder! Serendipity, it seems! Bill ;-)

Dorene from Ohio said...

That is awesome! I got to sit on his
former front porch last summer during a trip through Marion, Ohio!

Jo said...

Creepy coincidences, but cool too :-) I've managed to upload a few pics at Find A Grave, but only a few so far - I've lots more...

Karen said...

Wow - you indexed Warren Harding! How cool! I've currently got a stack about 3' high with stuff I'm transcribing and that's not counting the things I have scanned. It's almost addictive!

hummer said...

You are so awesome. Yes I have been indexing My goal is a mere 200names a month, but I can do that.

hummer said...

I forgot to wish you a Happy Blogiversary! 2 years and you rock!

Teena in Toronto said...

Very cool!

Happy blogoversary :)