Have you noticed new indexers appearing in your stake reports? FamilySearch is working on a monthly basis to align indexing accounts with current LDS stake membership information. When indexers are assigned to the appropriate stakes, they will be able to contact their correct stake indexing director for assistance, training, and encouragement.
Many stake indexing directors have mentioned that they feel like detectives, trying to discover who all the new indexers are on their reports. There are many possible reasons for indexers appearing on your lists incorrectly. If you have an unfamiliar ward appearing in your reports, it is possible that the individual moved into your stake from a different stake but is still assigned to his former ward. Also, indexers who have been married may still be listed under a maiden name. When young single adults move around, they may not think about updating their profiles. Indexers would normally need to update their profile information to appear in their proper stake.
Many of you may be thinking, “How can I correct the information on my lists?” Here are a few ideas to help you organize and improve your lists:
- Send an email to the indexers that do not have the right ward listed, and ask them to update their profile information. If they do not have an email listed, they should have a phone number available so you can contact them by phone.
- Work with ward and stake clerks to confirm the appropriate ward for indexers based on their membership record.
- Send the list of indexers who are listed in incorrect wards to the high priests group leaders in the stake, and see if they recognize the names.
- Use LDS Tools or the directory at LDS.org to look up individuals in your stake and discover their correct ward.
Once you understand where the indexing accounts belong, you can move individuals to their proper ward or stake. View these instructions to learn how to move indexing accounts in and out of your stake. If you have any other questions about this process, please contact support.
– Article by Sister Butler, FamilySearch Support Missionary