Getting Started

Welcome to MyKindex! We’re excited to provide you with some amazing tools to help build your own searchable archive. Using Kindex involves three basic steps:

1. Gather   2. Index   3. Share

GatherYour first step is to start adding records to your archive.

  1. To add a record from your computer:
    1. Click the Add a Record button
    2. Select the record you want to add to your archive
    3. Choose a Record Type
    4. Attach the record to a Person*
    5. Give your record a Title
    6. Click Add Record!
    7. *Note: When attaching records to people, we recommend adding the FamilySearch user ID whenever possible. This will help you and others ensure that the record is attached to the correct person, and that the record can ultimately be shared to the correct people.

  2. To add a Memory From FamilySearch:
    1. Click the Add a Record button
    2. Click Share Memories from FamilySearch
    3. Enter the FamilySearch User ID of the person whose memories you want to import
    4. Click Add Memories to my Archive.

Now that you have records in your archive, note how you can sort them both by Person (the list on the left) and by document type (the buttons on the top).

Index With records now in your archive, you are ready to index! Indexing a record on Kindex involves both extracting data from records (via transcription) and adding data to a record (via macrodata and tags). The combination of a record’s macrodata, transcription, and tags, allows you to not only search every word of your records, but also use the data from your records in powerful ways.

When you uploaded your record, you already began indexing by choosing a Record Type, Title, and Person attached to that record. Now it’s time to transcribe.

  1. To transcribe your records:
    1. Click on a record that says “Transcribe”. You will go to the Index Screen and see the original record on your left, and a transcription area on your right.
    2. Begin typing the text on your record.
    3. Note: if there is no text to transcribe on your record (i.e., your record is a photo), it is still important to add a description of the photo subject so you may tag the photo in the next step. To add a photo description, click the image tool and type a description in the box.


      Note: for more information on how to index, see Indexing Guidelines.

    4. If you complete the transcription of your record, click Submit.
    5. If you want to complete the transcription another time, click Save for Later. This will take you back to the Gather screen.
    6. Note: your transcription is automatically saved in Kindex as you type.

    Now that you have transcribed your record, it’s time to add a little more information. Completion of the transcription step (clicking Submit) will take you to the Tag step. Alternatively, you may click on any record that says Tag from the Gather Screen.

  2. To tag your records. The area on the left contains open fields where you can add:
    1. Description. Describe your record. Descriptions can include a physical description of the record, as well as any additional information you know about the record.
    2. Keywords. Add keywords relevant to your record. For example, if your record is about a pioneer, but the word pioneer doesn’t exist in the record, adding this keyword will help others know what the record is about.
    3. Provenance. Provenance reveals who originally owned the record and who you obtained the record from.
    4. Record creation place. Add the location where the record was created, if known.
    5. Record creation date. Add the date the record was created, if known.
  3. The area on the right contains the record transcription. Here you can highlight specific words or phrases and tag them with additional information.
    1. Person tag. Highlight a name, partial name or pronoun to tag it as a person. Choose from people already in your archive, or add a new person.

      Note: Whenever possible, include the FamilySearch ID when adding a new person in your tag list. This will enable to share this record with other Kindex users that have the same person in their archive, as well as having the option to share the record with FamilySearch.

    2. Place tag. Highlight a place anywhere in your transcription to add a geotag to the location.
    3. Date tag. Highlight a date or event in your transcription to add create a date tag.
  4. When you are done tagging, click Submit. Congratulations, you indexed a record! The record will now appear with a purple checkmark to show that indexing is complete.
  5. Note: you can always return and edit a record to correct a transcription or add more tags. Click on your record thumbnail and you will got to the Share Screen. On the left there is an option to “Edit this Record”.

Share Now that you’ve indexed your record, it’s time to enjoy it! When you click on an indexed record, you will go to the Share screen to read it. In the share screen you can:

Search To search, type a word or phrase in the search area and click on the magnifying glass. Search results are displayed as yellow highlights.


Quick, links:
Indexing Guidelines
Product Overview
FAQ