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Did you know that FamilySearch has been indexing records for nearly 100 years? What began on handwritten and typed index cards by LDS Church employees in 1921 has become a global effort that is now producing over a half-million indexed names daily! And now, there’s a new way for you to be a part of this exciting and important project.

Web Indexing

The new web indexing tool is for indexers of all ages and makes indexing easier than ever. Now there’s no need to download a separate application. You can index, get help, and discover your own family, all in one place.

Once you’re signed in, the steps are simple. Just click “Find Batches” and choose a project to get started! For first-timers, you’ll need to create a FamilySearch account before you begin.

Why Index Online?

  1. Index on the go. No matter where you are, you can simply use the internet browser on your iPad, Nexus, Kindle Fire, or preferred tablet or laptop. (Cell phones are not an ideal experience—yet!)
  2. Find projects that interest you. Search project titles and descriptions with keywords, or filter projects by difficulty level, location, language, or time period. When you’ve settled on a project you like, set it as a favorite for easy, one-click access.
  3. Join a group and set a goal. Your indexing contribution applies to every group of which you are a member. Also, any indexer can now create groups for families, genealogical societies, or other community organizations.

Get Started

If you’re new to indexing or just want to brush up on your skills, take a look at some of the many tools and resources you have at your disposal.

  1. Take a Quick Tour
    Give indexing a try with a quick tour.
  2. Review the Simple Guidelines
    Take a minute to get familiar with a few important guidelines every indexer should know.
  3. Choose a Favorite Project
    With over 100 indexing projects worldwide, you’re sure to find one that interests you.
  4. Find More Hints
    Have questions about indexing in general? We’ve got answers. Check out these valuable resources.
  5. Get Answers
    Have more questions about web indexing? Here are answers to frequently asked questions.

Indexing Connects Families

Being able to discover meaningful family history information online is becoming a reality every day for an increasing number of people around the world, thanks to indexing volunteers. Those searching for missing people and information in their family trees regularly express gratitude for the work of volunteers—but volunteers often communicate that the work is its own reward. As an indexer, you’ll soon learn that this unique way of helping others also helps you—often in unexpected ways.


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