FamilySearch Launches New Indexing Website

January 23, 2014  - by 

FamilySearch is excited to announce a newly redesigned indexing website at, and we invite you to come and take a look! This new website integrates indexing more closely with the rest of, making it easier for indexers to know how to get started and find the help they need. The new website sets the stage for more exciting things to come for indexing this year.

Come and see what everyone is talking about:

  • Getting started with indexing just got easier! With an easy-to-navigate overview page and an all-new getting started page, the new website is the perfect introduction to indexing for your ward members.
  • Do you know indexers who are curious about arbitration? There’s a brand new page specifically for getting started with arbitration. Indexers will be able to learn more about arbitration and find out if they are ready to contribute in a new way.
  • Looking for more indexing help? Check out the refurbished resource guide. Now called Help Resources, this page guides you to the help you need for your role as an indexer, arbitrator, or stake indexing director.
  • Struggling with those scribbles on the page? Handwriting Helps is a fun addition to the indexing pages that will help you decipher those scribbles into recognizable characters.
  • Find the projects you want faster! You used to have to scroll through over 200 projects to find the one you wanted; now you can click on an interactive map and filter the project list based on language and country.

Why Is Indexing Important to You?

Do you worry that indexing will take time away from finding ancestors?

The great thing about indexing is that it doesn’t detract from family history research, it enhances it! Many people who index have heart-turning experiences that motivate them to want to learn about their own ancestors. And indexing accelerates the work of family history by making more names searchable for researchers.

In the December 2013 Ensign, a wonderful article shared stories of members involved in the indexing program and the blessings that it brought into their lives. As you read it, consider how indexing can bless the lives of your ward members as you spread the joy of family history in your ward.

Changes Are Coming

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

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    1. Will, I’m not sure what might be causing the problem but I just clicked the button and it started the download process ok for me. Try calling support at 866-406-1830 and they can help you figure it out.

    2. I also have this problem? I know we cannot use Java on my chromebook. Is there another alternative. Have been indexing for years, but can’t set up on new chromebook?


      1. I finally was able to download it . if you use firefox or chrome it wont work but if you open it with internet explorer then it does .

        1. I have a Hp Chromebook 14, and I have tried many times to download the indexing app onto my laptop, but when I click on the download button, nothing happens. Please HELP!!!!

  1. I would love to be able to index on my chromebook. I was wondering if there was a way how I could download the indexing program. Thank you for making this program.

    1. Kelly, as of right now there isn’t an app to install on a chromebook, but there may be in the near future!

  2. my wife and I are on a mission in Mexico and would like on our p days do some indexing but all we have are I pads when and how can we do indexing on them?
    Elder and Sister Albaugh

  3. Is there an app yet for the chromebook?
    It is the only computer I have available now and I haven’t been able to index for a while.

    1. Adam, the indexing website is not available for Chromebooks yet. However, any updates making it available for Chromebooks will be posted on the FamilySearch blog, so keep checking back for updates!

        1. The browser based program is nearing the final stages of testing. Once that is complete, you will be able to index from Chromebooks.

  4. how come i cannot see how my father is related to me? like ancestry, right under the name of the person it says how they are related… please help..

    1. That feature is available when on the person page for someone who is within a few (I’m not sure of the exact number) generations, it doesn’t show for everyone.