thedqs wrote:As another volunteer indexer, I can say that this is what you are looking for. The old extraction program (I was a ward extraction director) did this but the overhead made it near impossible to keep fellow extractors (who also were full-time students) motivated to work on the data. (I think we were only able to complete one batch in an entire school year) This allows for smaller batches to be downloaded per volunteer and they get the batches back very quickly.
There is a due date of a week after you download the batch to keep you working hard. but the usual batch is only 20 to 50 names. Also you can set goals for yourself, like how many names you are going to extract in a month. It is a very cool program and I'd suggest to everyone to volunteer a little time to indexing.
Currently we're working on the 1900 census.
Being as my home computers all run Linux exclusively, I looked at the indexing program page to see whether it might be possible to try to get the software to run under Wine (as PAF now does). It was with a very happy moment when I saw that the software is in Java, and there were even instructions on how to use it on Linux or a Mac. I plan to volunteer for indexing as soon as the new FamilySearch beta test ends.
Somebody with the right connections, please relay a _VERY_ _BIG_ Thank You to those who made it (apparently) possible to use the indexing software under operating systems not from Redmond, WA!!!