We are indebted to Family Search for allowing us to use their indexing app for this project and for making the images of the records, mostly from the National Archives, available to us online.
INDEXING of this project is nearly complete (curently 85%), but ARBITRATORS are needed. In order to be given Arbitrator status, you must have indexed 4,000 images or 200 batches. You may contact FamilySearch support to request a change in status if you qualify.
Install the FamilySearch Desktop Indexing App on your computer by clicking here: Download Indexing. If you are new to indexing, you may want to work through the tutorials and guidelines.
Open the desktop app, choose your role of INDEXER or ARBITRATOR, then click on DOWNLOAD BATCH.
The name of this project is US-Mexican War Index and Service Records. Scroll down near the bottom to find this project. It starts with “US-“, not “US, ”
Choose the project, download your first image, open the batch, and go to PROJECT INSTRUCTIONS in the lower right hand corner. Scroll down to the bottom and print out the “FIELD HELPS”. They will explain exactly what goes in each field. Nearer the top you will find “How to Index a Service Record”, which is a sample image color-coded with red boxes to show you where the information is located on the cards. Print that out, too, for easy reference.
SAMPLE FOR US-MEXICAN WAR INDEX AND SERVICE RECORDS:
Use the date of the MOST RECENT EVENT and the place associated with it, if any
Most routine bi-monthly muster rolls will not have place names on them.
|John W||Binley||Priv||Austin||Jul||16||1846||Texas||Capt Harland’s B||1st Texas Mtd Vols|
|John||Davis||Priv||Aug||30||1846||Vir||Capt Austin’s||2nd Vir Arty|
|Meriwether||Lewis||1st Lt||Oct||1847||Tenn||D||2nd Tenn Rifles|
If you have any other questions as you go along, or any suggestions for improvements, please email me at Projects@FGS.org for assistance.