Welcome to my Wiki page!
My name is Janell Vasquez, and I am passionate about family history work, and especially helping other people with their family history work. I work for FamilySearch in their Patron Services department, working with wonderful staff members and missionaries who support the FamilySearch Indexing program.
Getting started as a new indexer?
- Go to http://indexing.familysearch.org
- Click Test Drive to see an example of what indexing is like
- Back on the Home page, click Get Started
- Click Download Now to download the program
- Click Register to register for an account
Learning how to index?
- When logging in for the first time, watch the Quick Start video to get you through your first batch
- After indexing your first batch, click Help then Tutorials to go through a tutorial that will teach you more about the indexing program.
Want to learn more?
- Click Help then Ask a Question, then type in "Basic Indexing Guidelines" to find a few knowledge documents that give you more information about some of the basic guidelines to follow while indexing
- Click F1 while in the program to see the searchable User's Guide
- Click Help then Resource Guide to see other common topics for learning
Take your indexing to the next level
If you're like most of us, you like a little bit of a challenge. Indexing the same information week after week may get a little old. Some of the following ideas may help you challenge yourself once you've become an expert at one type of project:
- If you are used to indexing census projects, try a birth/marriage/death project. These are a little different because they often include multiple images. Go to Ask a Question (mentioned above) and type in "multiple image batches" to find a document that walks you through how to do these batches.
- If you are familiar with another language, try indexing something from that language. Or, if you have ancestry from another country but you're not yet familiar with that language, you can use this as a reason to become familiar with that language! Some projects should only be done by someone more fluent in the language, but others can be done by someone familiar with specific words that show up frequently on these documents. Click Help, then Resource Guide to find resources to help you with specific languages.