Desktop Indexing Program
We encourage new users to get started with the "Web Indexing" program. The desktop application can be downloaded and used, although it will be phased out at a future date.
Download the indexing program.
- Click Run or Open to begin the installation.
- Locate the FamilySearch Indexing icon on your desktop, and double click the icon to open the program.
- Click Register for a New Account and follow the steps to get registered or sign in with your FamilySearch or LDS Account
Quick Start Video
Watch this guided instructional video to become familiar with the indexing software and learn how to index.
Looking for more helpful resources? Find handwriting helps and other useful tips to get you started.
Basic Indexing Guidelines
Read this document to learn the basic guidelines for indexing projects.
Participate in this interactive tutorial to help you become more comfortable with indexing.
Do you have questions about indexing? We’ve got answers. View the list of frequently asked questions.
FamilySearch indexing started in 2006 and has been helping to make records searchable with the help of volunteers.
What is a FamilySearch account?
A FamilySearch account is a username and password necessary for access to all FamilySearch programs.
Why do I need a FamilySearch account?
FamilySearch indexing accesses digital image collections throughout the world. Contractual agreements with record custodians require that these images be protected. A FamilySearch account is the authorization system used to protect them. A FamilySearch account connects you to FamilySearch Family Tree and free records, and allows you to participate with indexing.