Web Indexing Resources

March 14, 2017  - by 

It’s time to prepare for the public launch of the new web indexing program! As an indexing advocate in your stake or ward, as of January 30, 2017, you will have access to use web indexing.

We encourage you to:

1. Learn Web Indexing: Go to https://familysearch.org/indexing/my-indexing and click Find Batches to check out your first batch.

2. Create a Plan: Consult with your priesthood leaders to begin planning how you will train your stake and ward members on web indexing throughout the year. See below for additional information as you create this plan.

Read more about the calling change announced by the First Presidency regarding family history callings earlier this year. You can find more training resources to go along with the calling change at LDS.org.


Access to Web Indexing

Today: Family History Consultants with an indexing assignment all have access to web indexing. Additionally, Stake Presidencies, Bishoprics, High Councilors and High Priest Group Leaders all have access to web indexing.

Feel free to train leaders one-on-one on the new web indexing tool.

Early April: Anticipate ALL Temple and Family History Consultants get access to web indexing.

Consider working with Consultants and leaders to develop a plan to introduce your ward and stake volunteers during the summer.

Early May: Members in your area will be able to login and have access to web indexing. However, they will not receive notification of that access until the summer.

Anticipate questions from volunteers who find access on their own.

Timeline for Public Launch

The public launch will progress through each of these phases throughout the year. (Note: Dates mentioned below are approximate, and additional communications will clarify the exact dates as we progress through the year.)

Phase 1—Preparation: Spring

Those with indexing callings will receive early access to the program.

  • Learn Web Indexing: Access web indexing here.
  • Create a Plan: Consult with your priesthood leaders to plan to train your stake and ward members on web indexing throughout the year.

Phase 2—Introduction: Summer

Web indexing will be available on FamilySearch.org/indexing for the public. Stakes will be invited in waves from May to August. When your stake is invited, begin your rollout plan within your stake. (This date is flexible. It may work better with your calendar to do the rollout at a different time.)

  • Introduce Web Indexing: Encourage all new indexers to start with web indexing, and all current indexers to give web indexing a try and provide feedback about what they do and don’t like.
  • Encourage Use of Both: Let your seasoned indexers know that they do not need to switch to web indexing right away. Encourage them to index a batch there on occasion so they can begin to get used to the program and give feedback about what they do and don’t like.

Phase 3—General Migration: Fall/Winter

Continue with the training and promotion of web indexing with the goal to get every current indexer using web indexing by the end of the year.

  • Make it Fun: Many indexers love to index with others and be a part of events where they are challenged to reach a certain goal.
  • Give One-on-One Assistance: Help the most active indexers—those who may be struggling with the change—one-on-one assistance as they are learning the new program. One example of a way to help them is to pair them with the youth and encourage them to index together. The youth can help the seasoned indexer learn the technology, and the seasoned indexer can help the youth learn about indexing and reading the old handwriting.

Moving Forward—No One Left Behind: 2018

The desktop program will still be active into 2018 as we work to complete the indexing and arbitration of projects that are still live in the program.

  • No Record Left Behind: Some indexers will continue to use the desktop program to help finish the indexing and arbitration of projects still in the program.
  • No Indexer Left Behind: Some indexers may still be reluctant to switch to web indexing; you will continue to work with them one-on-one to ensure that they do not feel left behind by the change. Help them remember why they love indexing. If they learned the old program, they can learn the new one as well.

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