FamilySearch Needs Your Help Indexing This Week

Contributed By Camille West, Church News

  • 7 August 2015

Become one of a record-setting 100,000 online volunteers expected to participate in the second annual Worldwide Indexing Event, August 7–14, sponsored by

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  • People fluent in French, Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish are especially needed to volunteer.

“We have the records—now we just need the hands.” —Mike Judson, indexing workforce development manager

Whether you've indexed before or are new to indexing, you're invited to participate in the second annual Worldwide Indexing Event this week, August 7-14, sponsored by

You can help set a record by becoming one of 100,000 online volunteers expected to participate this year. Last year’s Worldwide Indexing Event had more than 91,721 participants. To be counted, you must submit at least one indexing or arbitration batch between today and August 14.

Indexing is the process of entering information from digitally scanned historical documents into a database, making it  easily searchable online. Anyone with a computer and Internet connection can index, and for many volunteers, the activity is is not only fun, it becomes almost addictive. (Learn how easy indexing is.)

Currently offers 20 times more searchable records in English than in all other languages combined. So if you have fluent language skills in French, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, or other languages, your help is especially needed. 


According to Mike Judson, manager of FamilySearch’s indexing workforce development, “We need tens of thousands of volunteers with well-developed language skills to step forward and use those talents to bless others’ lives. We have the records—now we just need the hands.”

Visit to learn more, including how to avoid times when the system might be slower and to keep track of the total number of indexers.