How do I correct indexing errors in historical records?

You can edit incorrectly indexed names, dates, and places on some record collections. Editable fields can vary based on the location and language of the user, and any restrictions associated with the collection.        

When you submit corrections, please follow these guidelines:

  • Do not use this feature to add name variations, nicknames, or aliases. Instead, use the Other Information section of an ancestor's person page for name variations.
  • Enter the information as you see it on the image. For example, if the image contains initials, enter the initials.
  • If information on the image is incorrect (a name that you know is misspelled, for example), you can correct it. For your reason statement, be sure to select Wrong in the Document.

Steps (website or mobile)

  1. Find the incorrectly indexed record. 
  2. Display the indexed content (not the image).
  3. In the dark banner at the top, click Edit or Make a New Edit.
  4. To the right of the field you want to edit, click Edit.  
  5. Make your correction:
    1. In the corresponding fields, enter the correct data. 
    2. Select a reason for the change.
    3. (Optional) Enter a note to explain your change.
  6. On the image, click and drag to create a box over the changed information. The box helps make it clear which portion of the document you corrected.
  7. In some records, after you edit a surname, you can apply the change to all members of the household.
  8. Click Save.


  1. The correction shows on the details page right away. In most cases, corrections are searchable within a few minutes, though the process can take longer depending on the current load on our system.
  2. For name corrections, after you make the correction, both the incorrect name and the corrected name appear in future search results.
  3. Only the corrected date or place appears in future search results.


  • To edit or delete a correction you made, click the Edit icon.
  • If you used the record to add a person to Family Tree, check the name in Family Tree, and make corrections as needed.
  • After you make the correction, you can also attach the document to the record of your ancestor in Family Tree.
  • Consider keeping a personal list of any indexing errors that you cannot fix. You can correct them later when more correction options become available. Thank you for your patience as we work to resolve this challenge.

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