For FamilySearch indexing I alternate between the beginning jobs and the intermediate ones. A beginning batch is usually typewritten so it is pretty easy to read and decipher the letters. I like to do the UK World War 1 records as they are interesting to read. These are intermediate and are harder to read because the hand writing can be messy and sometimes the words are crossed-out. The records are also older so they have aged and faded.
Things I have learnt from indexing:
- Places which existed at the time of the record may not exist anymore and therefore can’t be found on Google Maps.
- Always consult the original document as there may be interesting tidbits written in the margins or crossed out information which may be useful.
- Even if the transcribing process has someone proofreading the work, it does not mean error-free names.
- People lied about their age in their military records…. and got caught. So some of them signed up again when they were old enough.
- New records are being indexed all the time, so it pays to recheck your brick walls every couple of months.
Indexing is a great way of filling in some time and it doesn’t have to be hard to do. Just select the beginner ones and start there.