Janet Foster, Stake Indexing Director
Should be registered at lds.org
FamilySearch indexing is a way for
the Church to make its immense collection of genealogical records
available to the public. Volunteers use the tools available at familysearch.org to
create easily searchable indexes to the records.
Indexing can be done by virtually anyone, young and old, and
touches the lives of both those who index and those who use the indexed
Here are some of the benefits of indexing:
It provides a way to more quickly search for and find
It provides opportunities for service. Members, including
those who are less active, homebound, or elderly, can do indexing in
It is an excellent opportunity for youth and young adults
to participate in family history work.
Indexing in Stakes and Wards
If the stake chooses to establish an organized FamilySearch
indexing effort, it is coordinated by the high councilor who oversees
family history work in the stake. He recommends to the stake presidency
an individual to be called as the stake indexing director. Assistant
directors may also be called. The director helps coordinate member
indexing efforts and is given program rights to keep track of local
participation and provide regular updates to the high councilor.
Members may be called to serve as indexers. They are called at
the ward level and directed at the stake level.
Wards may choose to organize a ward indexing effort if there is
no structured FamilySearch indexing effort in the stake. The
organization of the effort is under the discretion of ward leaders.
Stake and ward leaders organize indexing efforts in a way that
best fits the needs of members. Here are some ways leaders can help
Encourage members to volunteer and participate whether on
their own or as part of an organized effort.
Assign consultants or youth to help ward members learn