How to Edit Poorly Indexed Information on FamilySearch


An index record in genealogy helps us to
quickly access the records we need to help climb our family tree. We use search
forms key and information about a ancestor and magically records appear
right. Well not exactly but things are about to change. Howdy I’m Devon Noel Lee with family
history fanatics where we help you learn about DNA climb your family tree and
write about your ancestors stories. Today we’re going to talk about family search
and the new changes on that platform. An index is only as good as the information
that has been inputted into that index if mistakes happen by the original
record creator or the person who created the index we often have trouble finding
our ancestors. Now genealogists have had some creative hacks to work around the
trouble of our poorly index records but family search is here to help us solve
some of our problems on their platform they recently announced that we can edit
our indexes. Before I tell you how all of this exciting new changes work be sure
if this is your first time here to hit the subscribe button and if you’re a
frequent viewer please hit the thumbs up button. I’m really excited about the fact
that we can start editing the indexes to the images that we can find on family
search. So right now you see here my Great-Grandpa George Joseph Geiszler. Now make sure you pay attention to how his last name is spelled that German name
like many of the surnames you have in your family can often get
messed up. So Family Search has a census record in which George his last name is
a little bit garbled it looks like grouse less this is not my grandfather’s
great grandfather’s last name I know that this is my great-grandfather
because of all the family members in this household. So where did the mistake
in the last name come from? Was it the indexer or was it the person
who created the record. Well if you can see right here above my head you can see
that the last name really looks garbled in fact hallelujah for the indexer of
this record trying to figure out what that last name might be. But again
because I know the people in this household and I also know where my
grandfather was living at the time of the census record and I
found his neighbor’s I also found the name of the streets that he was living
on I know this is his record. But can I fix that name so that other people will
know his last name is geiszler and not whatever this is?
Absolutely when you have attached records in family surge or as you’re
browsing through them eventually you’ll see something that looks like this and
there’s a notification that tells you that you can begin editing the
information that you see on this screen. For now you can only change the names
either the first name the initial the last name or the surname in the future
we might be able to fix some of the other information that appears on this
screen in this index how exciting is that. So here we are on Family Search
we’re going to walk through the process of how you can start editing the
information in the indexes for the records you attach to your family. So I’m
going to scroll down to the 1940 census because that
is the one that had the gar yeah grass. I don’t even know if you can even say
that name but in any case we’re gonna come here and we’re gonna click on edit
now I can zoom in to my record and make sure I’m on the right record there’s
George and his given name is George but we’re gonna change it Geisler. Now I
need to select a reason was the reason indexed incorrectly.
No it wasn’t indexed incorrectly the poor indexer did the very best they
could. It is wrong in the document. So now I
need to type a reason statement as to why I believe this is to be accurate
this change I’m going to make. So now I have a reason statement I said the
enumerator had wrote something it’s hard to read and then I went on to say that
other supporting documents have his name as George Geiszler. So now I need to
highlight the full name I’m going to go over here I clicked on the highlight
full name and I’m going to drag a box right there
for George when. I release the mouse button that I use to draw this box I can
click Save. Now look at the magic it says would you like to change all of the
surnames all of the surnames at one time for Evelyn Margie George and Robert.
Absolutely so I’m gonna go ahead and put apply now if at any time I didn’t want
the surnames to be applied to everyone in the household I can just check and
uncheck this box right here but I’m going to go ahead and do it once
isn’t that awesome and press apply. Now it may take a few minutes for that to
take effect but, you will eventually see that his name says George Geiszler but
the previous edit is George grassless and what happens this family search
going to maintain the original indexed entry as well as the changes that you
make so now both names will be searchable but I’m excited that finally
we’ll be able to in a few moments type in George Geiszler into search look for
the 1940 census and see his name spelled in that way.Because this is a new
feature if you’re watching this video in the fall of 2019 some of the records
that you want to change cannot be changed just yet so hang tight and know
that the feature will be rolling out for many of our records you just are gonna
have to be just a little more patient until the feature can be implemented in
all the records who want to change. So I really hope you will give editing
indexed records a try and know that sometimes if there’s just a poorly index
record because the indexer saw Merry Maerry as in Merry Christmas instead of Mary as in the Virgin Mary then you can just make that change as well so there’s
a lot of opportunities to fix the names eventually we’ll be able to fix all of
the names and ultimately we’ll be able to fix some of the extra information as
well. So go give this a try and come back and tell us how it went
let us know if there’s any other questions you have about editing your
records on FamilySearch. Don’t forget to subscribe and check out some of these
videos to help you learn more about your family history.

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