Get Started with Arbitration

Are you ready to become an arbitrator? Experienced indexers are needed to help with this important work. Find out below if arbitration is right for you.

  1. Index at least 4,000 records or 200 batches from a variety of projects and skill levels.
  2. If you feel you are ready after completing these steps, contact your group administrator, stake indexing director, or FamilySearch support to discuss your qualifications.

What Is Arbitration?

Arbitration is a final quality check before indexed records can be published on The better the arbitration, the more likely researchers will be able to find their ancestors.

How does arbitration work? Two volunteers index every record. When their answers agree with one another, no arbitration is needed. When their answers don’t agree, someone needs to determine which, if either, is correct. That person is a volunteer arbitrator.

Arbitration Basics

Check out these basic tools to help you get started with arbitration.