Indexing P5


The Family History Guide

Family Search Training

The Family History Guide has a wonderful training program. You can track your progress using the online program or use the document forms that can be printed. Below are the project links to the videos that you can watch to learn how to do each project. Screen shots on this page are courtesy of The Family History Guide Association. Their videos can also be found on You Tube.

Family Search Project 5: Indexing

Goal 1: Learn what indexing is and why it’s essential for research

Erika a young girl from El Salvador shares her experience with indexing.

Goal 2: Get started with indexing

Basic Indexing

How to review names

Goal 3: Index and manage batches, and set goals

Goal 4: Improve your basic indexing skills

Reverse Indexing by Brigham Young University

Goal 5: Collaborate with others on indexing projects

Goal 6: Improve your ability to read difficult handwriting

Some of the different types of handwriting you might encounter are PalmerSpencerianRound Hand (Copper Plate)SecretaryItalic and more. Many documents you read will have variations of these different scripts.

When indexing, follow the instructions. Usually, you want to leave the names written as they are in the document. The letter at the end of the abbreviation is usually the last letter of the name written in a superscript form. Below are examples of some common name abbreviations.

PDF Abbreviated Names

Goal 7: Participate in the World Archives Project (