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How to begin as a stake indexing director
Symptoms (Problems)

New stake indexing directors (sometimes called indexing directors) might have questions about their new role. Please complete the steps below to get started.

Answer (Resolution)

New stake indexing directors should:


1.     Complete online training.

Training to help you get started with your calling is available in the Indexing Resource Guide under the heading of Stake Indexing Director. Go to


Complete the lesson:

  • Stake Indexing Director Training

If you are new to indexing, the Basic Indexing lessons are also available in the Indexing Resource Guide under the heading of Indexers. Go to

  • Lessons 1 covers the indexing process and basic indexing guidelines. Lesson one is listed under the role of Indexers.

  • Lesson 2 covers arbitration. Lesson two is listed under the role of Arbitrators.

2.     Recruit more volunteers.

Using the Indexing Administration tool, you can see how many indexers you have in your stake and in each ward. Most wards have at least four indexers. If your numbers appear low, you might want to contact your stake president or your assigned high councilor for help in calling more indexers. Individuals can also volunteer to index without a specific calling given to them. You can encourage them to go to the FamilySearch indexing website to register.

3.     Assign arbitration rights.

Arbitration is the final check of data accuracy before the records are made available on the Historical Records site. You can help us ensure a consistent quality product by identifying individuals in your stake who pay attention to detail, are familiar with all indexing instructions, and are able to use the instructions as written. Preferably, the individuals you consider should have a high number of names indexed (over 2,000) and a low number of "Redo Batches" (less than 0.1% of the total names indexed--the number of Redo Batches for each individual can be found on your Subgroup Statistics report). When such individuals are identified, consult with priesthood leaders, and suggest that the indexers be called as arbitrators.


Stakes are not required to have a specific number of users who have arbitration rights. Some stakes have a number of qualified people, other stakes do not have any. Please provide as much quality arbitration as possible without exceeding the skill level of indexers within the stake. Most stakes should contribute to a balanced workflow, with no more than two batches indexed for each batch arbitrated. Please use the online production reports to monitor the balance.


For more information regarding assigning arbitration rights, go to, and under the heading Stake Indexing Directors, click Lesson 3: Administration.


When you have questions, e-mail FamilySearch at  or call toll-free in North America at 1-866-406-1830 Monday through Friday from 6:00 a.m. to 1:00 a.m. or Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (mountain time).


The online tutorials mentioned above provide excellent training. Training classes are also offered at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City. To view the class schedule, go to, click the Library tab, and click the Education link that appears in the drop-down list.Click Family History Library Monthly Class Schedules. Look for the classes that mention FamilySearch.

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