If you’ve never indexed before, now is the perfect time to start. Indexing is a fun, engaging, and easy way to make records of loved ones available online through FamilySearch. People can then access the indexed records to find their ancestors and establish a family connection.
To index, you’ll view online images of historic records and type out the information found on the document. This makes records easily searchable and ready to be published online.
All you need to begin indexing is a FamilySearch.org account and access to the internet.
Worldwide Indexing Event 2017
As in years past, the purpose of the event will be to unite the international indexing community around the common goal of making more historical records searchable online for free. Last year’s event broke the previous records with more than 100,000 indexers helping to index over 10,000,000 records.
This year, we encourage local wards to set their own goals for participation in the event. Local participation will help indexers feel more united with each other and connected with the records they are indexing.
How to Participate
Host an Indexing Party
This is the perfect opportunity to have a ward indexing activity or to have a little indexing party. Even for experienced indexers, an indexing party might be a welcome event! It’s a wonderful way to make friends, to have a social hour while indexing, and to help others who are less experienced. It can also be a way to share the projects you’ve been working on and engage in a community connected by one purpose.
Index from Home
If you prefer indexing from the peace and quiet of your own home, you can still participate! Indexing in a peaceful environment can help you concentrate, and more importantly, it can help you feel the spirit of the service you’re doing. By indexing, you’re helping connect families with their ancestors, a work commissioned by our Heavenly Father. As Elder Eyring said, “The affection you feel for your ancestors is part of the fulfillment of [Elijah’s] prophesy,” (Gathering the Family of God, April 2017).
As long as you have a computer that’s connected to the internet, you can participate anywhere!
Share the News
Invite friends, family, and neighbors to participate! The more people that know about the event, the more indexers will participate and the more records will be indexed!
This could be a fun way to connect long-distance family members in a combined goal, to strengthen relationships with neighbors, or to unite the ward in a single effort. Everyone is invited to participate, and the strength of a community will only help!