We are excited to debut our indexing software at RootsTech 2016. Kindex is web software that will available for subscription purchase on a monthly or yearly basis. Stay tuned for details on subscription pricing and other Kindex services.
Through the Kindex™ web app, users create a “Kindex”—a living archive where anyone can contribute, index, and share family records. Families may establish a Kindex™ using FamilySearch account, which provides a foundation of family names for your Kindex™. As records are gathered and attached to family names, they can be indexed privately within families or released as public indexing projects. Our indexing tool employs a simple side-by-side user interface where the user enters indexes the record and applies tags. Once approved by a family administrator, completed indexing becomes accessible and searchable through tools such as search engines, Kindex™ and FamilySearch, and other family history partners. Within Kindex™, users may also read indexed records, attach them as FamilySearch Memories, search their content, share on social media, or print to paper or PDF.
For information on features and images of the software, see Build a Searchable Archive—one Record at a Time.
Kindex™ is excited to make its debut at RootsTech 2016 in Salt Lake City, Utah. As we work to prepare all that is needed for the Innovator Showdown, it’s been instructive to pause and reflect back over the last few months and express gratitude for all the support of family and friends.
When my cousin and I started Kindex™ last October, we couldn’t have anticipated our wonderful and wild trajectory that has landed us in the semifinals of the RootsTech Innovator’s Showdown. As we discussed our idea with those in the genealogy industry, we were encouraged to submit our idea to the RootsTech Innovator’s Showdown. We are grateful to them for their encouragement and advice.
To prepare our submission we quickly wrote a video script incorporating mementos and records from our own family history. The hand-beaded silk dress worn by “Dorothy” (a niece) was actually a dress made by Dorothy’s mother June Bushman Smith. The couch is an antique from the historic Ezra T. Clark home in Farmington. And of course the letters, journals, and papers were belonged to our grandparents. The narrators are also family: a mother, a brother, and a cousin.
Our family has also given encouragement, advice, and financial help. Their support has been invaluable to us as we grow Kindex™ into the great tool we know it will be. We’ve already experienced great things within our own extended families through indexing and sharing our family’s records, and can’t wait for other families to have this same experience. Grandchildren are amazed and touched reading their grandparent’s letters. Aunts and Uncles have experienced tender reminiscence. One niece even wrote a song based on one of her great-grandmother’s poems.
These experiences have touched us immensely, and reminded us that indeed, family is everything.
See our full RootsTech Innovator’s Showdown Submission.
Kindex™ brings family records out of obscurity through indexing—creating a searchable, shareable archive that connects records to families and researchers. Here’s how it works:
Organize your family records by person, record type, and date. After you scan and digitize your records, add them to your Kindex.org Archive.
• Unite family records (multiple file types)
• Establish record provenance
• Unlimited space
Transcribe your records and invite others to help. Add tags for people, places, events, and subjects. Archive Administrators verify all indexing (transcription and tagging).
• Invite family and community to index
• Build your searchable archive
• Credit those who transcribe and tag
As Archives grow, search, read and share new family stories and records. Connect Family Archives together, and print complete, sourced archival books.
• Add tagged records to FamilySearch Memories
• Share memories on social media
• Print archive—in part or whole—to an easy-to-read PDF
• Read transcribed records within the browser
• Download original records
See our debut at RootsTech in Salt Lake City, February 3–6, 2016!
For further information on our software, products, and services, please contact us.
Many years ago I found my grandmother’s letters in an old Nike shoebox that sat hidden on a high shelf in an empty bedroom. Since then, we have discovered hundreds of pages of letters, diaries, and other papers my grandmother kept. Within those papers are the stories that form the history surrounding my grandparents. We soon learned that by digitizing and indexing their records, we could connect countless people to their records and essentially rewrite history for countless individuals.
Join us as we bring family records out of obscurity and into the light: searchable, accessible, and shareable to families and researchers everywhere. We hope you enjoy the stories.