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Indexing Names for FamilySearch Brings Joy of Service Despite Physical Limitations

Experiencing the physical limitations associated with Parkinson’s disease, Carol Dunkley, of Queensland, Australia, has found FamilySearch indexing as a way she can serve others.

Indexing, Family History, Carol Dunkley, Parkinson's Disease
Indexing, Family History, Carol Dunkley, Parkinson's Disease
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According to, “FamilySearch indexing is an online system where volunteers view a digital image of a record, then type in the names, dates and places listed on that record. This digital data is used to create a searchable index that makes it possible for people to quickly find records about their ancestors.”

Carol, age 77, was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 2010. Since it is a progressive and incurable disease, “the amount of physical service that I can now be involved in is very limited in relation to how I was able to serve in the past,” Carol said.

“I started indexing about nine years ago and really enjoy it because this is one way I can still be of service.”

Carol has indexed or reviewed over 113,000 names.

She has always been interested in family history. Her father died when she was seven years of age, and she lost touch with her paternal grandparents, so she decided to learn as much about them as she could.

“It was difficult and expensive, especially when looking for English relatives while living in Australia. FamilySearch has been such a blessing. No need now to sit and read microfilms to search out your family,” she said.

Carol prays “that there will be many who have the excitement of finding their ancestors on FamilySearch through the efforts of all those volunteers who do indexing.”

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