Stay at home orders are expected to be lifted on May 15th but could change at any time. Social distancing is still being asked of us so for this reason, we are cancelling our May meeting. If the rules for gatherings of ten or more is lifted, we may be able to have our June meeting.
Since many of you have stayed home for over five weeks now and your genealogy is completed (laugh), here are a few suggestions to fill your idle time and be helpful to the community.
FamilySearch is looking for volunteers to help index millions of records on their site. To learn more, check out https://www.familysearch.org/indexing/about.
Unclaimed Persons is a group of volunteers who research collaboratively to help locate next of kin of unclaimed persons in the county coroner’s offices across the United States. To learn more, check out: https://unclaimed- persons.org/
I have helped with both of these groups and it has been a rewarding experience. The more indexed records there are, the easier our own genealogy research becomes. Contributing to giving closure to a family of a deceased person is also rewarding. Many of these unclaimed persons are veterans and many have been estranged from their families for many years.
If you have any questions, concerns, ideas or suggestions, please let me know. You can find my contact information in the member directory.
Christina “Tina” McKillip, President