With a new update to FamilySearch, the family history organization operated by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, comes the ability to correct indexing errors.
When a file is indexed, a digital database is created so the record can be easily searched online. However, indexing errors occur for a variety of reasons, from human error to hard-to-read handwriting. This much-desired and anticipated change to FamilySearch allows users to edit names they know have been indexed incorrectly. Both the corrected name and the original name that was indexed will remain. There is also a place for users to write a note about why they have made a change.
“Adding corrections to an index when the information does not match the names as written in the original document or if the document was recorded wrong will increase the quality of the index and usefulness to other searchers,” said John Alexander, a product manager for FamilySearch.
Currently, only images can be corrected, but developments are in production to allow other types of corrections to be made in the future. As a new feature, users may find certain files are not fully prepared for correcting.