Worldwide Indexing Event 2016

June 22, 2016  - by 
Worldwide Indexing Event 2016

Whether you’ve indexed before or are new to indexing, you’re invited to participate in the annual Worldwide Indexing Event July 15–17, sponsored by

Indexing is the process of entering information from the world’s digitally scanned historical documents into a database, making it easily searchable online. People around the world can then search these indexed records to find their ancestors. Anyone with a computer and Internet connection can index records to perform meaningful service related to family history. (Learn how easy indexing is.)

The goal for this year’s event is to have at least 72,000 volunteers index as many records as possible in a 72-hour period, July 15 to 17.

FamilySearch Indexing is a great activity to introduce people to family history and help them become familiar with records people use to identify their ancestors. FamilySearch is especially interested in the participation of those with non-English language skills, since there is a huge opportunity to make more records available on for non-English speaking countries.

“This is a wonderful opportunity to serve people worldwide who visit to find their ancestors,” said Jim Ericson, product manager at FamilySearch. “Indexing is a fun and engaging way to provide meaningful service and get involved in family history. Ultimately, those who index records enable joyful discoveries that strengthen family bonds around the world.”

Go here to learn more, tell us if you are in, share it with your friends, and follow the progress.

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  1. I have to use a Mac this time and it’s not cooperating. How do I add “blank”. The control B will not work for me and the Mac won’t let me reach the drop downs for names. Is there a secret to using the Mac for indexing?

  2. I am traveling but want to participate in the indexing project this weekend. I brought an iPad but it says I am using a mobile phone and wants me to use a desktop or laptop. I guess I’ll miss out this time. When will the program be ready for iPads and mobile phone?

    1. You can still index anytime you want when you get back. There will be a tablet-ready program available in a few months.

  3. Indexing has helped me find that elusive ancestor. It is very hard to find ancestors since I have such a large number in my file on My husband has the same issue. However, with the blue Record Hints that show up on many persons in my records. Because of indexing, I am finding Record Hints for marriage, birth, and death records. These have been very easy to transfer the information to my person. With finding spouses, children and siblings for them, my file is exploding in size. Thank-you to all you faithful Indexers!

  4. some spelling of names on a record for what ever reason will not be accepted when you try to enter it. I finally gave up and just said that part of the record is blank

  5. can i index on my apple ipad I cant find an app on itunes. I actually want to set this up for my grand daughter on her IPAD

    1. Soon you will be able to pull it up in a browser on tablets and other devices. But it will still be a little while until that is available.

  6. Did you meet your goals?

    Was the extraction of data from records acceptable to FamilySearch.

    Will FamilySearch be able to index the data extracted?

  7. When will you have the numbers for this Worldwide Indexing event? I’m so excited to hear how it went! =0)

    1. Yeah, what are the results of the weekend? I keep checking the website to see an announcement, but there’s no information. Please let us know!