Why can't I fix indexing or transcription errors?

Here are a few common reasons why you cannot correct a transcription error that you find.

  • The ability to edit indexed records can depend on language, location, account type, and the collection. 
  • The ability to edit additional fields is coming. 
  • Some of the indexed records on FamilySearch.org lack a corresponding image. We use the image to validate corrections. If the Edit button is inactive, you cannot edit the record. If you click the button, you see a message: "Edit Unavailable. Sorry, you need special authorization to edit this record." In some cases, image access is tied to account type.
  • FamilySearch does not own the index, and our agreement with the index owner does not allow for user-submitted corrections.

How do I correct transcription errors in historical records?

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