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Indexing Challenge!

We have a new family hobby at our house.  We (all 5 of us!) have all learned how to index.  Indexing is the process of entering information from historical records into an online, searchable database.  We need everyone’s help for indexing and this weekend is the perfect time to start!  July 15-17 is the Worldwide Indexing Event for 2016.  Get started here!


My kids (15, 13, and 9) have all gotten really good at it.  Indexing is probably not the funnest thing my kids have ever done, so we created an indexing challenge to help make it more fun for them.

Our family issued a month long challenge to another family in our neighborhood.  Our family worked together as a team to see how many records we could index that month.  Here is our Indexing Challenge Invitation:

Indexing Challenge Invite

To start, everyone needs to take a screen shot of their total records indexed.  You can find this in the bottom left hand corner after you sign in to the indexing program.  It looks like this:

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At the end of the challenge, take another screen shot of the same thing and calculate what your increase was for the month.  We added all of our numbers together to find the total amount of records that our family indexed within that one month.

We indexed over 8,000 records in one month as a family!  Our friends indexed over 11,000 records in one month!!  They beat us!  We cooked them dinner for their reward.

My kids loved challenging their friends and we had to take turns on the computer because we all wanted to be indexing!  Doing an indexing challenge was a huge success!  Really, just telling you about it makes me want to do it again!  We printed these cute tags and attached them to some index cards to give to our friends.  See free printable at the bottom of the post.


Here’s a little more about the World Wide Indexing Event:

From July 15-17, FamilySearch International will sponsor the third annual “Worldwide Indexing Event,” bringing 72,000 people from around the globe together online during a 72-hour event to save the world’s records by making them searchable to the public. 

During the 72-hour indexing period, volunteers participate by downloading the FamilySearch software and completing as many names as they would like.  Anyone with a computer and internet connection can join.  

Volunteers have made over one billion historic records searchable online since FamilySearch introduced online indexing in 2008. The demand for indexed records continues to grow as millions of historical records worldwide are added every year.

To join 72,000 teammates in saving the World’s records, visit

FamilySearch International is the largest genealogy organization in the world. It is a nonprofit, volunteer-driven organization sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. FamilySearch and its predecessors have been actively gathering, preserving, and sharing genealogical records worldwide for over 100 years. Patrons may access FamilySearch services and resources free online at or through over 4,921 family history centers in 129 countries.


Download Indexing Thank You Note.

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Neighborhood Thankful Tree

Last year we did a fun thankful activity that lasted for all of November (and into December!)  Instead of doing it just as a family, we invited our family, friends, and neighbors to all join in.  All month long we worked together on our neighborhood thankful tree.   Here is how we did it.ThankfulTreeWe have a big entry way wall with nothing on it, so my husband helped me draw up a big tree out of butcher paper…. and my idea was that everyone who comes over would put a leaf on the tree. It has been so fun!
Here are my kids the first night we put it up, they were so excited!
 Holly and I went and used a die cut machine at a local store, and it was only $2 to cut as many as you wanted. We made a lot!
Here’s our tree now– we have loved having it up so much, we plan to leave it up until Christmas and hope it gets more and more leaves on it.  What a fun way to remember all the things we are thankful for and for including those around you to do the same!  We loved this project and can’t wait to do it again!
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Family Reunion Cup Holder

Our summers usually have several family reunions.  This weekend we are headed to another one!  One of the trickiest parts of having a large group together is cups.  There is always tons of cups all over!  Ashlee has come up with the perfect solution to help us out this year!  It’s the perfect Family Reunion Cup Holder!


These are very useful at large gatherings, and they are simple to make!  Just follow the steps below to make a cup holder that holds 20 cups (5 on each side).

#1 Buy your materials
You’ll need one 4″ x 4″ post about 25″ long, twenty 4″ long nails, and one base board (about 12″ x 12″ x 1″)

#2 Sand the boards

#3 Paint the boards

#4 Mark the nail locations at 5″ apart (depending on your cup size)

#5 Drill holes on the marks to prevent the board from splitting.  Remember to drill at an angle!

#6 Insert nails

#7 Attach post to base

#8 Drill a hole in the top for a marker holder, if desired.

#9 Wipe off the nails so they are clean and enjoy!

Use the marker to write names on the side of the cup and put initials on the bottom.  That way each person can quickly find their own cup.

Oh, and remind everyone to rinse their cups out before they hang them on the holder (especially if they were just drinking any beverage other than water.)

We hope you enjoy all of your family reunions and parties this summer!

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