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18265Fw: North Carolina Estates Papers Indexing Project

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  • Jewelle Baker
    Oct 4, 2011
      Hello Group.....
      Please read the below information ........ sounds very

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      ----- Original Message -----
      From: "Kathy Gunter Sullivan, CG" <sully1@...>
      Subject: North Carolina Estates Papers Indexing Project

      > North Carolina researchers have a magnificent gift coming their way
      > thanks to a partnership between the North Carolina Genealogical Society
      > and FamilySearch (Church of the Latter-day Saints).
      > Can you imagine being able to sit comfortably at home and, with a simple
      > click and save, access any estate file held at the North Carolina State
      > Archives? In a short while, it will be a reality.
      > The estates indexing project is managed by Victoria "Vickie" Burns
      > Scott, second vice president of the NCGS, and is fueled by volunteers.
      > Eventually, an index and digital images for all loose estates held by
      > the North Carolina State Archives in the county record series and in
      > Secretary of State colonial records and in district courts papers will
      > be available. When completed, the index will contain approximately
      > 500,000 estates. The index and digital images will be accessible /free/
      > at the North Carolina Genealogical Society website
      > <http://www.ncgenealogy.org/> and at FamilySearch <www.familysearch.org
      > <http://www.familysearch.org>>.
      > Vickie Scott and her volunteers are working untold hours daily to bring
      > the project to completion. More volunteers are needed!
      > On 31 July 2011, Vickie responded to some frequently asked questions.
      > Do we have to wait until all the files are digitized and indexed before
      > having access?
      > Answer: No. As each county's files are digitized, indexed, and verified,
      > the index and images are uploaded and accessible.
      > How soon will the index and digital images be available?
      > Answer: Three counties are already online! In seven weeks, volunteers
      > completed 183 films (out of 3,200). This was accomplished by only 22
      > volunteers. There are over 50 volunteers enrolled, but it is summertime,
      > and I hope that once folks return from vacations and other distractions,
      > the pace of indexing will increase. If 100 volunteers do 10 reels a
      > month, the project will be completed in four months.
      > Which counties will be available initially?
      > Answer: Avery, Catawba, and Currituck counties are indexed and available
      > online _now_. Brunswick, Cumberland, Lincoln, and Warren are close to
      > completion.
      > How do researchers access the index and digital images?
      > Answer: For free at www.familysearch.org <http://www.familysearch.org>
      > and soon at www.ncgenealogy.org <http://www.ncgenealogy.org>.
      > For now, go to USA historical records at www.familysearch.org:
      > <https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/list#page=1®ion=NORTH_AMERICA>"
      > Scroll down and click on "North Carolina, Estate Files, 1663-1917"
      > A search box is available for the surname of interest or another option
      > is to view all images by clicking on "Browse through images," which
      > brings up a screen of county choices.
      > Choose the county of interest; then choose the alphabetical category of
      > interest.
      > Also, don't forget that the NCGS website already includes lots of
      > information available to everyone, members and non-members---check us out!
      > Must indexers be North Carolinians?
      > Answer: No. We have volunteer indexers in over nine states---including
      > Illinois, Kansas, Washington, and Texas---and some indexers live in
      > Australia.
      > Must indexers be members of the NCGS?
      > Answer: No.
      > Can indexers choose their county of interest?
      > Answer: Yes and No. They may select from counties currently digitized
      > and ready for indexing. As current digitized films are indexed, they
      > rotate to online and additional images become available for indexing.
      > Current counties digitized and ready for volunteer indexers are:
      > Alamance, Alexander, Alleghany, Anson, Ashe, Beaufort, Bertie, Buncombe,
      > Cabarrus, Chatham, Granville, Rowan, Swain, and Wake.
      > Is the indexing process difficult?
      > Answer: There is a learning curve, but indexing goes quickly after an
      > initial orientation, and an online video tutorial is scheduled to be
      > available within the week. The program is not yet Mac compatible.
      > How do I volunteer?
      > Answer: Contact Victoria "Vickie" Scott at
      > <secondvicepresident@...>