FamilySearch Seeks Feedback from Volunteer Indexers

The FamilySearch method of creating indexes of old records has been described many times in this newsletter and many other genealogy publications. FamilySearch is now planning to introduce a new process to maintain indexing quality. In this new model, a single volunteer will index and submit a batch, and a second volunteer will review the completed work. The person reviewing the batch will have the ability to add corrections to the values entered by the first indexer, and both values can be included in the searchable index on

If the person reviewing the batch makes a small number of changes, the program considers that both volunteers mostly agree, and the batch is finished. If the person reviewing the batch suggests a large number of corrections, the program may route the batch to another volunteer for additional review.

In this new model, it is anticipated that all volunteers will split their time between indexing and reviewing.

What are your thoughts about this new process? You can read more in an article by Katie Gale in the FamilySearch Blog at


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