Thank a Volunteer on

October 8, 2019  - by 

Many records on the FamilySearch website are available thanks to the hard work of volunteers. In fact, over 250 million records are indexed by 200,000 to 300,000 volunteers every year.

These people have given their time to help index documents on, making it possible for you to search the records and easily find your ancestors. Now it is possible for you to thank these volunteers for their hard work!

How You Can Thank a Volunteer

The new Thank a Volunteer feature on is available for all records that have the name of a volunteer attached to them. The feature is easy to use. If you come across a record that you wish to thank an indexer for, open the record and follow these simple steps: ‘

1. When viewing a record, click the Document Information section found under the preview image. If a record has the name of an indexer attached to it, an icon labeled Indexed Record will appear there. Not all records will have this feature available.

2. Below the Indexed Record icon and its description, click the Thank the Volunteer link. A prewritten thank you message will pop up. This message cannot be edited.

3. Click Send, and the message will be sent to the volunteer’s FamilySearch Messages inbox! A small notification on the top-right side of your screen will confirm that the message has been sent.

Family history is truly a worldwide endeavor, and the efforts of people you’ve never met may make the difference when you are trying to make a particularly tricky link. Next time you see the option on a record you’re searching, take time to thank the volunteer! That person gave his or her time to make your family history find possible.

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  1. Well, how cool is this. Not that I need thanks, but I like this and the opportunity it gives us to connect with others.

  2. This is a wonderful addition; I am certainly deeply appreciative and so thankful for all the forborne who have shared their information and hope all can be of help to future generations. APPRECIATED – Bless each one.

  3. I just recently visited the Family History Library and had 2 wonderful volunteers who spent so much time educating me and pointing me in the right direction. I would like to thank them but I don’t know their names. I was on the second floor and I had a sister help me who knew so much about world history and really helped me to know what to focus on in my research. She took me over to a gentleman who helped me with an ancestor in the US that I felt I had hit a dead end. He was able to show me several directions to focus my research. Thank you to the wonderful Family History Missionaries and Volunteers!!!!

  4. It’s a great help to everyone who wants to be connected forever family. Thanks to those who gave their time in doing indexing bless you more.

  5. Haven’t seen this yet, or at least I think so, but anyway it is just wonderful the time and effort people invest in all this work. Thank them all a million times !

  6. This is the greatest thing!! What a wonderful addition; not only for the person who found their ancestor, but also for the person who indexed the record to know their time and efforts are appreciated