Every person matters. This belief could be what drove former Yates County Historian, Frank Swann to research and amass some 90,000 index cards with genealogical information about families in Yates County from as early as the 1700’s.
Swann’s collection of research index cards, each with a note about a person-marriage notice, birth date, obituary and handwritten notes, is used every day by people at the L. Caroline Underwood Museum at 107 Chapel Street in Penn Yan. It is a priceless gift to the people of Yates County and elsewhere who wish to seek out family history.
To date the index cards are only searchable by hand and in person. A resident of Michigan would have to come to Penn Yan or pay for research time. But that will change in the near future.
In 2008, the Swann Collection was digitized by Family Search.com. Every card was digitally photographed. The next step in the process is to make the images more searchable by reading each card and entering valuable information into a database. No special technical skills are needed to assist with this. The Yates County Genealogical & Historical Society is seeking volunteers to work at their own pace, at home, according to their schedules, to enter information.
Interested readers can see an online indexing template at indexing.familysearch.org.
A tutorial is available online and training classes are scheduled for Feb. 3, 9, 15th at 1 p.m. at the L.Caroline Underwood Museum at 107 Chapel St. in Penn Yan. Participants will need attend only one training session but space is limited. Please call the Yates County Genealogical & Historical Society at 315 536-7318 to sign up for the training.