Why are some catalog films unindexed?

FamilySearch plans to digitize and publish all available microfilms in the Granite Mountain Records Vault. We digitize records faster than indexers can index them. As a result, not all digitized records have indexes. Most unindexed records are available for patrons to view.

Steps (website)

  1. Make sure that you are signed in to FamilySearch.org. In the menu bar at the top of the screen, click Search. 
  2. Click Catalog.
  3. Search by place, surnames, titles, author, subjects, or keywords.
  4. In the search results, click the item or item category that you want to view.
  5. When you find a record you want to view, scroll down the page to the Film/Digital Notes section, if it is available.
  6. In the Format column, look for a camera icon or a camera icon with a key.
    • These icons mean the item is digitized and online. The key icon means there are some restrictions on viewing. If the camera icon is missing, the item is not available online.
  7. To browse the images, click the camera icon. If restrictions apply to the images, you will see a message explaining the restriction.
  8. Thumbnail images appear on the screen.
  9. Double-click an image to enlarge it. 

Steps (mobile app)

Currently, the Catalog feature is not available on the Family Tree mobile app. Visit the website to view these types of films.

Steps (Family Tree Lite)

Currently, the Catalog feature is not available on the Family Tree mobile app. Visit the full website to view these types of films.

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