How do I create an Indexing subgroup?

An indexing group administrator can create subgroups for his or her group. The group administrator of the main group is the administrator for all subgroups. The administrator can designate a member of the subgroup to also be an administrator.

Consider creating subgroups when some members of your larger group share a characteristic or interest that sets them apart from the rest of the group. Putting them in a subgroup allows you to do the following:

  • Assign group administrators to help oversee the subgroup.
  • Send announcements to just the subgroup.
  • Allow messaging between members of the subgroup.
  • Create reports that focus on the subgroup.

Latter-day Saint Stake and Ward Indexing groups are already organized as groups and subgroups. Wards are subgroups of stakes. Stakes in the same area are automatically assigned to a parent group for that area. Subgroups are useful if a smaller group of people within the ward or stake, such as the young men or young women, would like to track their portion of a group's progress.


  1. Sign in to FamilySearch.
  2. At the top of the page, click Get Involved.
  3. Click Indexing.
  4. Scroll down to the Groups section.
  5. Click the name of the group.
  6. On the group's page, click Options.
  7. In the drop-down list, click Create Subgroup.
  8. Fill out the requested information.
  9. Click Save.

If the statistics for the person who created the subgroup should not be counted in this group, we advise that the subgroup creator leave the group. Administrative rights are still retained for the creator of the subgroup.

When you are finished

Invite potential group members to join the group:

  • Send an invitation through the indexing messaging system to potential subgroup members. To do this, you need to know their FamilySearch profiles. 
  • Have potential subgroup members find and join the group on the Indexing section of FamilySearch. It will help if you can tell them the name of the group. 
  • Send an email to potential subgroup members that contains a link to the group page. (Copy the URL from the address bar of the browser. It starts with . . . )

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