FamilySearch Surpasses Indexing Goal with 76,000 Rewriting History

FamilySearch International set a goal for their third annual “Worldwide Indexing Event” to have 72 thousand volunteers from around the globe come together on July 15-17 to index the world’s historical records in 72 hours. These records will be made available to the public and will be freely searchable on the Internet to help families worldwide find their ancestors. With 15 hours to go FamilySearch has already hit 76,000 volunteers helping to rewrite history.

FamilySearch Indexing World Wide Indexing Event 2016

What is Indexing? Indexing is the process of entering information from the world’s digitally scanned historical documents into a database, making it easily searchable online.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.

about-indexing-infographic_en-e62629b3fde2be7a6d435744ef7c170cFamilySearch indexing began in 2006, this crowdsourcing effort has produced more than one billion searchable records. Of the more than 3.5 billion searchable records on, more than 90 percent are from English-speaking countries. To put that in perspective, searchable records in English outnumber the combined total of searchable records in all other languages 20 to 1.

Indexed records are the key to helping people find their ancestors. Searching, record hints, and descendancy research all require indexed records. This selfless effort has allowed millions of people worldwide to find information and discover stories about their ancestors.

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.”

FamilySearch International is the largest genealogy organization in the world. It is a nonprofit, volunteer-driven organization sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. FamilySearch and its predecessors have been actively gathering, preserving, and sharing genealogical records worldwide for over 100 years. Patrons may access FamilySearch services and resources free online at or through over 4,921 family history centers in 129 countries.


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