Kindex Connects with Historians and Researchers at NCPH

Kindex Connects with Historians and Researchers at NCPH

Kindex is thrilled to be exhibiting at the National Council on Public History’s Annual Meeting in Hartford, Connecticut. As first-time exhibitors and attendees, look forward to sharing how we can connect accessible, searchable, undiscovered archives to historians and researchers.

Kindex began as a archival solution for families and family organizations, but it has expanded its services to reach public historians, societies, researchers, and archives. By providing flexible, low-cost archival software where anyone can add, transcribe, and collaborate on unlimited records, Kindex stands out as a unique, accessible solution for both families and professionals. Our attendance at this conference signifies the growing need to bridge the gap between primary source record owners and the communities trying to reach them. To this end, we’d like to share some ways Kindex can help societies, historians, and families.

Kindex for Societies and Groups

For historical societies and groups who want to provide better accessibility and engagement, Kindex stands a part as a unique tool that can bridge the gap between record owners and researchers. 

  • Engage the Public. Invite anyone to access, transcribe, and search records on your Kindex archive so your collections may be accessible, searchable, and open to research.
  • Crowdsource Projects. Create a crowdsourced indexing project for your society, your members, or the public.
  • Increase Membership. Increase your benefits of membership by providing exclusive access to to your Kindex archives to society members.
  • Connect with Donors. Provide Kindex archives for record donors so they may connect with their records and continue to contribute records and data.

Kindex for Historians

  • Start a Kindex archive for a research project. Gather, organize, index, and search your sources in a single archive and invite collaborators to join.
  • Find new sources. Search existing Kindex archives for undiscovered primary sources.
  • Help primary source owners share their collections. Set up a Kindex archive for your record owners so they may collaborate, add data, and contribute to your searchable research.

Kindex for Record Owners

Individuals and families represent the largest group of undiscovered and at-risk primary sources. How can families rescue their records, connect with historians, and have their records become a part of history?

  • Unite unlimited records. Families can work collaboratively on archives to gather records that are scattered among various households.
  • Index and add metadata. Families and contribute to the work of indexing and transcription, linking valuable information to primary source documents.
  • Kindex is economical and easy to use, making it ideal for non-professionals to create their own archives.

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Treasure Hunting at Home: a Visit to the Alamo

Treasure Hunting at Home: a Visit to the Alamo

A few days ago, we visited The Alamo. No, not that one. The historic home of Ezra T. and Mary Stevenson Clark in Farmington, Utah, with its architectural stylings reflective of the Alamo, was the childhood home of Kindex founder Kimball Clark. On a mission to rescue records for a treasure hunt for the upcoming MyFamily History Youth Camp at BYU, we thought of no better place to start than in our own backyard.
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Welcome to the Alamo.

I had a few minutes waiting for Kimball to arrive, so I poked around outside, walking deep into the expansive property. Situated on historic “Clark Lane” in Farmington, Utah, the property stretches north reaching the Farmington Creek Trail and Lagoon Park. So close is Lagoon that I could hear clack of amusement rides and the screams of thrill-seekers just a stone’s throw away.
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Kimball’s father Charles Clark collected, among other things, wagon wheels.

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And other kinds of wheels.

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The random patterns of native field stones.

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A marker for the old telephone system cables. It has not been disturbed.

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At last, Kimball is here! Now, where’s that key.

Once inside, we had a great time exploring the home. I remember coming to this home once in a while to visit Charles and Sally’s family, but it had been at least 20 years. Wandering from room to room in the heavy July heat, we discovered some great things. Buried between craft boxes, tools, and boxes of old bills were family genealogies, old photos, letters, and a few other surprises.
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A few items from a dusty old suitcase.

This 161-year old home is thick with memory. Treasure hunting aside, I loved looking around the various rooms and hearing Kimball’s memories of growing up here. With eight brothers and one sister, Kimball has no shortage of stories from this house.
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A view in the kitchen.

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A well-worn banister post cap.

Someday soon, Kimball will share some memories of him growing up in that historic pioneer home. That’s his story to tell. In the mean time, we’ll keep hunting for treasures and putting them on Kindex, one dusty suitcase at a time.