Why Web Indexing

November 20, 2017  - by 

by Allison Hadley

Web indexing is here! Have you tried it yet? What do you think? If you’re not a fan or if it feels like we’re taking away your best friend and asking you to make a new one, this article is for you. We know we’ve invited you to change the way you do things, and there are important reasons for that change.

The desktop program was a fantastic tool in its day, but the software has quickly become out of date and a bit cumbersome to perform simple maintenance or updates. It was originally designed for use in a workplace and the sheer number of indexers and amount of work you do have made it difficult for the program to keep up. Adding new features and improving the program was becoming more expensive every year. Plus, it made indexing a stationary activity. Volunteers could index only on a computer where the program had been previously downloaded.

What’s New

With the new web platform, you can index on any browser and with any desktop, laptop, or tablet device with an internet connection. No downloads or software updates are necessary! More types of projects will be available on the web program, and the new technology will allow FamilySearch to publish records more quickly than with the desktop program.

The web platform also allows FamilySearch to better scale the indexing program and enables constant improvements. If you don’t like what you see today, use the Feedback button in the top right hand corner to share your comments!

The feedback we receive about the product is being evaluated constantly, and improvements to the program based on that feedback are made on a regular basis.

Learn why the web indexing tool can help move indexing forward.

What’s Coming

A lot of you have goals you are steadfastly working towards. While those numbers are not currently reflected on the web system, FamilySearch has all of that information stored, and they will be updated in the new system as soon as possible. None of that information will be lost.

Learn why the web indexing tool can help move indexing forward.Arbitration will no longer be part of the process. Instead of an arbitrator deciding between Person A and Person B’s work, now reviewers will simply double check the work of the indexer and make necessary changes before resubmitting the batch. It’s very similar to checking the work already done on a partial batch. You can receive Review rights after indexing 1,000 records in the new system.

Other additional desktop features you loved will be added to the web program soon, such as name and place Lookup Lists and the ability to hide and reorder fields.

Building an offline mode into the current program is being researched.

Thank You for Indexing!

There are many blessings that can come into your life as you continue to serve others through the indexing you do. Although this is a big change, we have seen many people who thought they would never get used to the new program come to love it. There is help if you need it. Feel free to contact FamilySearch with your questions and concerns.

Thank you for all you do to help make these records searchable so that we can all participate in gathering our families together.

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  1. Please improve these program:icons ,view,i am working on spanish records 1600 years the new program ,it is likes beautiful sub with 4 cyl..I love these indexing work ,if you d’nt mind i can gave goods ideas . with love TOM..

  2. 1 After Peer Review, are BOTH transcriptions offered in the final index, or only the Peer’s?

    2 Do the final ‘published’ indexes have the ability to offer alternative entries to the transcriptions made?

    3 Is there a specific reason the indexer is not offered the opportunity to review the ‘peer’ review, for their learning experience?

        1. Yes, but the comment was never accepted. This was the only thing entered. I assume it means there was something wrong with something in my comment but since I don’t know what it means, I don’t know how to correct my comment.

    1. Robert, I apologize that it took so long to get back to you. Here are the answers to your questions:

      1) Currently, only the final reviewed transcriptions are shown in the final index. However, all values are saved, and FamilySearch will work on solutions to show both values at a later point.

      2) Not yet. That is a feature that is planned for the future. Many are looking forward to it!

      3) There are a couple reasons. One is that the ability to review the peer review was discouraging for many indexers, and caused FamilySearch to lose many good indexers as a result of it. FamilySearch is looking at other ways to provide these essential learning experiences to indexers because we understand how valuable those are.

    1. Kathi, how did you lose your work? Did you not complete a batch within the provided timeframe, or did you lose it in a different way?

  3. I was called by a sister missionary for Indexng. She said I was in the top 1,000 of 300,000 indexers a nice compliment. Notice no English in the old indexing format so can’t do anything now. The new system seems hard to me and maybe I have been locked out. Sad for me.

  4. I have worked on Indexing for quite a few years and need to come up town to find out how to do it again. However I am going to have knee replacement surgery so it will be a while. I loved doing Indexing and Arbitration so miss it.

    1. Barbie, first, have you indexed 1,000 records in the new program or have your numbers from the old program been transferred to the new program yet? If not, you will not yet have access to review.

      1. I have access to review and I have downloaded a batch but I’m unsure how to proceed. I don’t see any of the usual things like record matching. Also it looked like I could only see one batch.

        1. Hi Barbie. The new program uses reviewing instead of arbitrating to check indexed records. Reviewing requires you to simply check the work of the indexer. If you disagree with something they indexed, you have the ability to change it. If you disagree with the indexer more than 20% on the record information, once you submit it, another reviewer will take a look at it to double check quality. Both your corrections and the indexers original data are saved in the system. Feel free to reach out if you have more questions.

  5. I was surprised at first but I understand the change in technology and updating. It only took me a few minutes to get into the swing of it I am sure it will continue to bless my life and others involved . Thank you

    1. In the new program, if your numbers from the old program have not yet been brought over, you will need to index 1,000 records before you can be a reviewer, which will replace arbitrators. I hope this helps!

      1. When will the numbers from the old program be transferred over to the new program…have been waiting four four months now and those numbers have never shown up…is there a specific place they are or what? I have over a million names done in arbitrating and keep waiting for them to show up…I did my thousand on the web and I do arbritrating or reviewing so it’s not a problem…just wondering…thanks.

        1. Hi Karen. Bringing over the desktop numbers is something the engineers are working on. They have those numbers saved and that data will not be lost, but they have a few things above it in priority at the moment. I don’t have a timeline for you, but I hope that answers your question. Let us know how else we can help. Thanks!

    2. I was on a roll with indexing until this new system. I am unable to get a batch on the old system except rarely. My goal this year will have to be changed to half what I had hoped for. Now it is rather slow. Can’t find the old icons like duplicate, etc. Seems like if we did 4 billion you might not want to change. How is it going? Is your production up?

  6. THIS CHANGE IS HORRIBLE. I HAVE TRIED AND TRIED AND GOTTEN NOTHING ACCOMPLISHED!

    I HAVE DONE 1,200,7911 NAMES. I COULD HAVE DONE MORE IN JAN BUT NO ENGLISH OR OTHER LANGUAGE I COULD DO. MOST JOBS I CLICKED ON SAID NONE LEFT OR TRY LATER.

    SO UNLESS THINGS CHANGE YOU HAVE LOST A GOOD AND FAITHFUL INDEXER AND ARBITRATOR…..FAMILY SEARCH HAS BEEN SO INTERESTING AND IMPORTANT TO MY DAILY LIFE——-

    SALLIE L NELSON

    PS I HAVE TALKED ON PHONE-THE FAMILY RESEARCH IN HARLINGEN TX IS 10 MILES ROUND TRIP AND ONLY OPEN 1 DAY-FRIDAY.

  7. Missing the Vienna Population Card project that wasn’t done on the desktop side. I don’t see it on the web side. And I don’t see any of these cards put into play that we worked on so hard over the years. What’s the delay?

  8. Thanks for explaing the why! Just wondering if our record goal of how many things we’ve indexed, restarts on the web page? It would be nice to have them connected but it looks like I’m starting all over again…

    1. Felila, the numbers will be moved over in the future, but for the time being, it will appear as though you are starting again.

  9. I really enjoy indexing and try to do a couple of projects a day, when i go to find a project it seems as if there are a lot of projects for the United States not showing up, where can I find these at ?

    1. Linda, are you looking for United States projects on the web indexing program or the desktop program? If there are no current United States projects on the web indexing program, keep checking back. More are added all the time! If you’re looking for United States projects on the desktop program, more projects may not be added. I hope this helps.