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Kimberly Powell

Cool New FamilySearch Indexing App!

By February 3, 2012

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FamilySearch Indexing AppYep, FamilySearch Indexing can now follow you everywhere. And guess what? It was out for the Android market first! But FamilySearch was able to quickly get through all of the Apple hoops, and the FamilySearch Indexing app is now also available in the Apple app store for both iPhone and iPad.

The new app is cool! Devin Ashby from FamilySearch let me check it out this morning. What's interesting is that because it is sized small enough to work on a smart phone, is only indexes a single field from a set of records. Generally this will be an individual's name, perhaps useful for indexing by name some of the hundreds of thousands of records that are only currently available only by browsing. It could, however, be used to index other single items from a given record set.

There are definitely limitations to indexing in such a small space. As Devin and I looked at the first name that appeared, it was hard to interpret the handwriting without any surrounding clues from the record. FamilySearch has the answer, however, because you can click to open the full record from which the name was extracted. If nothing else it is quick and easy. Index a few names while waiting to pick up your kids from an afternoon activity, or while in line at the grocery store. It's definitely less intimidating than trying to index an entire record batch on the desktop version of FamilySearch Indexing.

The FamilySearch Indexing app is in beta version right now, but free as is everything from FamilySearch so give it a try. You can currently find it on the Android Market as well as in the Apple App Store. Who knows? Maybe it will be the next great addiction after Angry Birds!

February 9, 2012 at 10:14 pm
(1) Alvie L. Davidson says:

Love this move toward indexing.

February 26, 2012 at 1:24 pm
(2) Annatjie says:

Best App ever. Now we will be able to do more Indexing.

Good luck!


March 3, 2012 at 3:13 am
(3) Pat says:

Anxious to see an app for Android phones.

January 5, 2014 at 10:57 am
(4) Nereida Rose says:

I have not been able to find/open app on iPad, Any ideas?

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