Our team is working hard on our upcoming release of KindexBeta in mid-February. Many of you are just as excited as we are about this ground-breaking software that will change the way families archive their own documents like letters, journals, diaries, and other papers. Let’s take a look at our software’s three main steps: Gather, Index, and Share.

The top area of the screen contains your unique cover image, along with the Add a Record and Search tools. The Search tool enables users to search all or part of your family archive, as well as the entire public Kindex archive. The Add a Record tool adds documents, photos, and audio/video to your family archive. When uploading records, users enter key information such as document type, name, and dates, then move to the Gather screen where the records are managed.

Kindex Gather Screen

Here is a Gather screen of a sample Family Archive. On the left is a 2-Generation Family List, populated by names linked to your FamilySearch account. In the main area are records in various stages of completion. Records may be sorted by family member(s), or file type(s). In this area you may sort and browse the archive, view original records, and select records to index.

Within a smart and flexible Index screen users transcribe and tag their records.  For this record (a letter), the user may scroll and zoom while entering the letter’s content and information in fields to the right. Note the presence of different fields for this record’s information, including names, FamilySearch ID, and dates. These fields are dependent upon each record type, and are designated when you contribute specific records. Square buttons immediately above the transcription area include formatting tools (strikethrough, and underline), tagging tools (FamilySearch ID Tag, GeoTag, and Event Tags), and help tools (user comments and help). These fields and tagging tools mark key data that enables records to be sorted, searched, and shared in powerful ways.

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A button on the right expands the indexing to a full screen view, as seen below. 

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After a record is indexed, it is submitted to the archive to be reviewed by the record’s contributor From our Share screen, you may:

  • View and read indexed records (letters, journals, photos, etc.)
  • Print and download the original and indexed records
  • Share the link with family trees
  • View contributors and indexers
  • Share the record on social media.

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Users may expand to a full screen mode and adjust font size when reading indexed records, as seen below. At any step users may Search all or part of their family archive, as well as expand their search to the entire Kindex archive. 

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While not an exhaustive list of all the software’s features, this sneak peek gives you a taste of how easy and powerful it is to transcribe your documents and create searchable archives with Kindex. We look forward to helping individuals and family organizations manage and transcribe their archives, as well as working with family history partners in integrating our indexing tool within their software. We anticipate software updates that are optimized for mobile use and utilize speech recognition tools, as well as integrating OCR tools for both typewritten and handwritten documents.

Please visit RootsTech Booth #1017, and at the “Innovator Alley” at the RootsTech Innovator Showdown where we will be presenting our web software as semifinalists!