Kindex for Societies

Kindex Archive
A sample Kindex archive

Kindex, the online personal archive for family historians, can also give a genealogical society an affordable platform to support their membership.

Why Kindex? A Kindex archive gives your society an affordable (as in $5.00/month) platform to post family records, scanned photos and memorabilia. The image of the original record is visible and the transcribed information makes each record searchable. By posting records to Kindex, members are also creating duplicates located in off-site storage. Should anything happen to the originals, the digital duplicates will survive.

How can a society use Kindex to support their membership? One way is to provide support to members who want to create their own Kindex archive. The society can help them get set up and show them how to manage their records. While the archive is owned and controlled by the member, they can also allow collaborative access to other society members.

Another option has the society owning a Kindex archive and making it available to their members. The society builds and maintains the archive, giving each member a “family collection” section for their records. This could also be included as one of the benefits of society membership. The society also benefits as these collections increase access beyond the member’s individual collection.

The society could choose to create an archive for record donors. The society maintains the archive while giving members access to those records. Society control helps to maintain consistent transcription and indexing within the archive. It also provides all society members with access to those donated collections.

Kindex offers three levels of access. The free Kindexer account makes it possible for the user to search, browse or transcribe records in the society’s public archives. They can also collaborate on a private archive if they have received access from the archive owner. The Kindex Cloud level costs $5.00/month and gives the user a public archive along with collaboration and indexing tools. Even better, if the user indexes 20 or more records during the billing month, he/she will receive a $5.00 credit for the next billing month. The last level is the Kindex Closet. It allows the user to create a private archive. The user controls who can access the archive by inviting other users to browse, search, submit and index records. The Closet level costs $10.00/month and also offers the $5.00 credit when 20 records are indexed during the billing month.

Kindex is both affordable and easy to use. It gives societies – big and small – a way to capture, protect and preserve family history records and ephemera for future generations. To learn more, stop by the Kindex site and see for yourself.

Protecting Your Genealogy Research

What will happen to your genealogy research once you are gone? Do you have a plan?

There is a simple and affordable way to protect your research and insure it will still be accessible after you are gone. Even better, this resource will help you grow your family tree and it costs you nothing! All you need to do is import your family tree into FamilySearch.org.

The LDS Church has made family history a mission. For more than a century, they have collected, preserved and shared genealogy records and resources worldwide. We can thank the church members who have collected and digitized an amazing archive of records from around the world and made them available to all of us at no cost. Their Family Tree component gives you a view of your family, but that’s only a small part of it. Instead of creating a tree for each user, FamilySearch is building one amazing tree while sharing your part of it with you.

FamilySearch mobile app

This has research advantages for you. You will meet cousins you never knew existed and often they have research to share. There are also elements which make it possible to add photos and memories to help bring your ancestors to life. If you choose to post photos, letters, diaries and other ephemera to an ancestor’s Memories, those memories will be insured a long and fruitful life. Along the way, your research cousins will have added their own memories which add even more to your research too.

But that’s just the beginning. FamilySearch offers free apps for desktop and mobile devices to build your trees. In addition to documenting the information you have about your ancestors, FamilySearch continuously searches their massive archives and posts hints to records that look like they relate to one of your ancestors.

Memories screen in iOS appAlong with that, there’s also an amazing amount of research support. There’s something for everyone – from beginner to experienced family historians. The Help menu on the desktop apps includes the Help Center, Learning Center, Research Wiki and even consultants if you need them.

The research, memories, documents and photos you collect in FamilySearch will always be available to you and your research cousins online while the originals are maintained by experienced archivists and stored in their Granite Mountain Records Vault – “a long-term storage facility designed for preservation”.

Free Access to American Ancestors

From the New England Historic Genealogical Society:

From 12:00 a.m. (EDST) on Thursday, June 29th, through 12:00 p.m. midnight (EDST) on Thursday, July 6th, you’ll have complete freedom to roam through all of the online databases on AmericanAncestors.org—with only a Guest Registration. These databases include vital records (state, church, cemetery, and more), U.S. census records, genealogical journal articles, probate records, and other collections which can help advance your research.

Are You Missing the Best Genealogy Websites for Finding U.S. Ancestors?

We published our annual list of 75 top US state genealogy websites in the December 2016 Family Tree Magazine.

These state-focused genealogy websites stand out for their digitized historical records, searchable indexes to vital and other records, and how-to advice. But our list is just a starting point. There are many more state-focused genealogy websites to mine as you research American ancestors. Nonprofit and government sites don’t have a lot of money to market themselves, so it’s easy for them to slip under a genealogist’s radar. Here are five types of state-focused genealogy websites you should look for in every state where your ancestors lived: State Archive

You’ll find details and the list at the Genealogy Insider.