FamilySearch Indexing – New iOS App

FamilySearch International has released a new iOS application, FamilySearch Indexing. It’s a free app that does exactly what the name implies – it helps to index genealogy-related information on FamilySearch’s genealogy database. It can display images from genealogy/historical-related documents such as certificates (birth, marriage, death), census information, immigration records.

These are snippets, and the idea is that you view these snippets, and then transcribe them (index/take note of what they say), and then the application uploads the information to FamilySearch, at which point it is added to the genealogy records at

It does not just rely on what you transcribed – others can transcribe the same document or snippets of documents, and it then compares them to make sure that they match.

You do not need the desktop version of the FamilySearch indexing software.

Update: You do not need to be a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints – see the comment that follows.

Also, there is a FamilySearch Indexing for Android app.

* iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad running iOS 3.1 or later

* iPhone: FamilySearch Indexing – Apple iOS App Store
* iPad: FamilySearch Indexing – Apple iOS App Store

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  1. Thanks for the coverage of the new FamilySearch indexing mobile app. FamilySearch indexing, whether using the desktop software or the mobile app, does not require participants to be members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. FamilySearch indexing welcomes all who are interested in helping to make genealogical records freely searchable online. Tens of thousands of people volunteer every month in this great cause and many more are needed, particularly to help index the upcoming 1940 US Census. For more information visit or

    Mike Judson
    Manager, Indexing Workforce Development
    FamilySearch Intl.

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