New Features Help Improve FamilySearch Indexing Experience

Contributed By Paul Nauta, FamilySearch marketing manager

  • 15 January 2014

Watch this video to learn how easy it is to get started with indexing.

Article Highlights

  • New features include:
  • An easy-to-navigate Overview page and an all-new Get Started page.
  • A completely redesigned resource guide called Help Resources.
  • An interactive map and the ability to filter the project list based on language and country.

The FamilySearch indexing website has been redesigned to integrate better with the rest of, making it easier for indexers to know how to get started and find the help they need.

FamilySearch indexing is the volunteer program that has already generated more than a billion freely searchable names on Changes to the indexing program over time have greatly increased the number of records that FamilySearch is able to publish. Projects that used to take years to index can now be completed in a matter of months, and as the indexing program improves, the availability of searchable records will only accelerate.

New features include:

♦  An easy-to-navigate Overview page and an all-new Get Started page.

♦  A completely redesigned resource guide called Help Resources.

♦  An interactive map and the ability to filter the project list based on language and country.

The change in the indexing website is the first step in a total redesign and improvement of the indexing experience. In the coming year, the all-new indexing program will become more integrated with, bringing indexing to your Internet browser, enabling indexing on tablet devices, and much more.

To learn more, come to the RootsTech Family History and Technology Conference February 6–8 in Salt Lake City and visit the FamilySearch indexing booth in the free exhibit hall to get a hands-on experience with the new indexing program, or attend the session “Introducing the new FamilySearch indexing tool.”

Why should you get involved with FamilySearch indexing?

Indexing is great for:

♦  Beginners to family history. Anyone can index. And indexing can be a stepping-stone, giving you a great experience with family history while teaching you about the types of records that can be found as you research your ancestors.

♦  Experienced genealogists. If you are more experienced, you already know the great value of indexes and searchable online records. Indexing gives you great satisfaction as you help bring even more records online for your own research needs and for the entire genealogy community.