Monday, July 2, 2012

5,000,000 Names in 24 Hours

The goal – index 5,000,000 names in one day. The time – July 2, 2012, starting at 12:01 a.m. UTC (that's Greenwich Mean Time to us old people) or 5:01 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time with 24 hours ahead. FamilySearch indexers around the world were asked to do an extra batch or two to break the record set April 30th of 4.9 million records indexed in a day.

Indexers shared their enthusiasm in English and in Spanish on the FamilySearch Facebook page.

And the results?

We've passed 10 million records!


Indexed Records: 7,068,719

Arbitrated Records:3,011,615

TOTAL RECORDS: 10,080,334

Indexers/Arbitrators Participating: 45,104

Read more and see updates at

You don't have to be a member of Facebook to read the page.

If you haven't looked at the 1940 Census lately, you will be surprised to see that only 16 states still need indexing. The others are either up and running with indexes or in the final stages of getting there. The map at shows current progress. Just click on a state to search.

And I must say, that as I compare FamilySearch indexing to Ancestry's, FamilySearch is much more accurate.

(Images are linked from the home page and Facebook page. 
All right belong to them.)


  1. That is such a phenomenal accomplishment. Congratulations--and thanks--to all who were a part of this feat!

  2. Hello, Just wanted to let you know Mr. Lambaren has been very helpful with a John Sherwood who died in 1867 in Stockton. I am grateful for the records you have indexed there. I guess you would be a member of Geneabloggers. I have been a member for about four months. I received "An Early Christmas Gift" just before Christmas and it was fun to share it with members of this community. Again, thanks for all the Genealogical Society does. Whenever, I get my report on John Sherwood who married Mary A. Carpenter Sherwood written up, I'll try and send the Society a copy to file.


    Grant Dav