To Arbitrate or not to Arbitrate…

21 Jan

I’ve been indexing for Family Search since May 8, 2010. Over the last 8-9 months I’ve indexed over 20,000 names and just received a message from Family Search that I’ve indexed 1,000 batches (each batch can contain anywhere between 2-100 names. Why index so much? Well, every time I hit a brick wall with my own genealogical research, I index. My thinking is that I am helping other people break through their brick walls by indexing information that Family Search will make available for free on their website.

So where does arbitration come in? Arbitrators are experienced indexers who increase their education through Family Search education pages and do live training by phone with a Family Search professional. I’m now at a point in my experience that I qualify to be an arbitrator. I’ve completed the education and have reached the point where I’m ready to work one-on-one by phone with a professional on the arbitration process.

I haven’t done it yet because: a) I’m a little fearful of taking the next step since I am by no means an expert, and b) I live in a fairly busy household full of people and pets and don’t have a quiet place to go to do the telephone part of the arbitration training. Very frustrating.

School and chaos may cause a delay in the process, but I will find a quiet time sometime and complete my training.


If you haven’t visited Family Search yet, now is a great time to try it out


Posted by on January 21, 2011 in Indexing/Arbitration



3 responses to “To Arbitrate or not to Arbitrate…

  1. Dr. Bill (William L.) Smith

    January 21, 2011 at 9:47 pm

    Good for you! Best wishes. My wife has been indexing, and we understand the important role of arbitrators. You’ll do a fine job!

    Bill 😉

  2. Amy Coffin

    January 22, 2011 at 1:30 pm

    I’m an arbitrator and I really enjoy it. The biggest hurdle is an emotional one: you have to get used to being the final say on the matter. Arbitrators are presented with the work of Indexer A and Indexer B. If these two people index a record differently, an arbitrator is the one who is the tiebreaker. Sometimes I disagree with both A and B and offer an answer of my own. It is a lot of responsibility, but it is also very rewarding. I encourage you to accept the offer and check out the arbitration instructional videos. You don’t have to start arbitrating right away, but you will at least know what it entails. Good luck!

    • Mary Chrapliwy

      January 22, 2011 at 2:20 pm

      Thanks for the advice Amy. I guess I am a little hesistant because of fear of not being accurate. I know how important it is and what a huge responsibility arbitration is. Yikes! It is very encouraging to see that you enjoy it.


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