The five obituaries that came my way for the FamilySearch Worldwide Indexing Event this past Sunday and Monday were the most complicated indexing I've done to date. I chose the intermediate level Pennsylvania Obituaries because they were noted as highest priority.
Since my daughters and two grand-babies were visiting, I decided to index while they napped on Sunday evening. An hour passed and I hadn't finished my batch. Naps were over and there were some interruptions. More time and a few more interruptions and I hadn't finished. More interruptions, more time.... You get the idea. My batch was not the half-hour commitment I'd told so many people it would be when I encouraged them to participate in the event. (I hope their batches took just half an hour, especially the beginners and those who don't index often.)
The obituaries were modern obituaries which named spouses; siblings and spouses; children and spouses; grandchildren and spouses; great-grandchildren; an occasional great-great-grandchild and, several times, parents. It seemed that every living family member, and some deceased family members, were mentioned in this group of obituaries. Nothing was straightforward about any of them except the names of the deceased. One of the hardest things was deciding how to classify individuals who were identified only as "in-laws." Would that be brother- and sister-in-law, parents-in-law, or . . . ? It was such a complicated group of obituaries that I may treat myself to one or two beginning level batches. Ha!
All told, I indexed 5 obituaries which yielded the names of 166 individuals.
Intermediate level? Definitely. Confusing? Often. Worth doing it? Absolutely!
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