Getting Started

For Archive Owners

As an archive owner, you may:

  • Invite unlimited people to collaborate on your archive free of charge
  • Add unlimited records to your archive
  • Designate and maintain your archive settings, such as:
    • Archive subdomain, name, and description
    • Archive structure (Collection names and arrangement)
Access Your Archive
You may access your archive two ways:

  1. Go to, and click “Log in to my archive”. If you are already logged in, “Log in to my Archive” will say “Back to Archive”

2. Go directly to your archive URL you selected when you signed up (for example, If you have a private archive, and you are not logged in, you will first see a page that looks like this:

Once you log in to your private archive, or if you have a public archive, your archive will look like this:

Manage Your Archive
View and change your archive settings with the Manage Archive tool. Click the “cog” in the upper right-hand corner of your archive to:

  • Edit your archive subdomain, name, description
  • View your current upgrade plan
  • View your archive stats
  • Invite family
  • Access archive tools

People you invite to join your archive are called Collaborators.

Collaborators may:

  • View, search, and read records
  • Add information to records, such as a description, transcription, or comments
  • Add records to the archive
Collaborators may not:

  • Delete records
  • Move, edit, or delete Collections
  • Change Record Info (metadata initially added to records)

 To invite others to join your archive, go to the Collaborate tab, add their email, and click “Invite”

Individuals you invite will then receive an email notifying them of the invitation, with instructions on how to get started. When a person accepts your invite and creates a Kindex account, their email changes from gray green.

To remove a Collaborator, click on the garbage can icon next to their name.

Collaborator FAQ

  • I can’t find my email invitation.
    If a family member can’t find email invitation, or it was accidentally deleted, you may re-invite them at any time. Be sure they check their spam or junk folders for the email.
  • How can I remove a person’s access to my archive?
    To remove a Collaborator’s access to your archive, click on the “garbage can” icon next to their email.
  • Where is the archive I was invited to?
    If you are a Collaborator, you will be directed to the archive you were invited to. To access other archives you’ve been invited to collaborate, click Archives and choose another archive.
Request Archive Access
Individuals may also formally request access to your archive. This may happen if someone sees your archive in our directory, or is directed to the archive by a family member but has not yet received an email invite from you.

If someone requests access by clicking on the “Request Access” button on your private archive landing page, you will receive an email for that request, including a note from the requestor as to why they want to access your archive. If you choose to grant access, go to your Manage Archive, Collaborator tab and invite them using their email.

Add Records

Add records from your computer

Click the Add Records button located above your records.

Choose “Upload from my computer”

Select your records. If you don’t know how to select multiple files at once from your computer, hover atop the link “How to Batch Upload”.

Note: Only records 15MB or less are accepted.

  1. Assign your records to a Collection, or add a new collection for them to be placed, and review your upload progress. At this point, you may opt to add Record Info (metadata) as a batch now, or individually later.

Add Record Info to your records (optional but recommended) and click “Update Records”

Add Memories

Add FamilySearch Memories

  1. Click the Add Records button located above your records.
  2. Choose “Share Memories from FamilySearch”
  3. Add a FamilySearch ID and click Search
  4. You may need to log in to FamilySearch using the link
  5. When the Memories are found, click “Add Memories to Kindex”
  6. Your Memories are added to a “FamilySearch Memories” Collection. This Collection may be renamed, or you may move the records from this Collection to another.


Add Collections

Add Collections

To add Collections (folders):

  1. Click the Add Collection button on lower left of your screen.
  2. Name your Collection and choose where to put it. For Collections at the top level, leave it at “– None –”.
  3. To make your Collection a Sub-Collection choose a Collection to put this Collection in:
  4. To rename a collection, hover on the number to the right of the Collection and click on the purple pencil image.
  5. To move a record from one Collection to another, select the record in thumbnail view and click Record Info. You may also access Record Info from the Indexing window.
  6. Choose the Collection you want to move the Record in and click Update Record
View and Index Records

View and Index Records

To view any records, click on a record thumbnail.

It will open your record in the Index screen. When you view a record, you will have the opportunity to add data to that record that will help make it searchable. Adding data, while encouraged, is completely optional.

  • Click the < button to view the previous record in the Collection
  • Click the > button to view the next record in the Collection
  • Click “Indexed” to read transcriptions only
  • Click “All Records” to return to the main archive page

For indexing instructions, see How to Index.

Read and Share Indexed Records

Read and Share Indexed Records

To read, print, and share records:

  1. Go to the Indexed Screen
  2. Click a record thumbnail to read the transcription

Note the tools on the left. When you open an indexed record, you can:

  1. Read and review the transcription
  2. Edit the transcription or tags if necessary
  3. “Copy Link” to share the record on a publicly viewable page. This is ideal for sharing the link as a source or on social media.
  4. View and download the original record
  5. Print the record to a QR-coded PDF
  6. See who contributed and indexed the record
Search Records

Search Records

To search your archive:

  1. Type a word or phrase in the search area and click on the magnifying glass. You may filter your search by selecting Collections on the left.

Note: Kindex does not yet search partial words

  • Word matches in search results are displayed in purple. Select the “glasses” icon to view  your record.

For Kindexers

A Kindexer is a volunteer indexer. Kindexers may be invited as Collaborators on public or private archives, or index public archives as a Guest.

Index as a Guest
Anyone who indexes on Kindex needs a Kindex account. Both Kindexers and archive owners (Cloud or Closet) may index on public archives.

  • To index a public archive as a guest indexer, log in and go to Kindex Featured Archives. Choose a public archive to browse and index.
  • Guest Kindexers may only index. To add records to an archive, you must request to become a Collaborator.
Become a Collaborator
To index in a private archive, you must first receive an invitation by the archive owner via email to become a Collaborator.

  1. If you know the Archive Owner, you may request an invite. If you don’t know the archive owner, When your email arrives, it will look something like this:
  2. If you don’t know the archive owner, you may access the archive through our Featured Archives directory and request access. Select an archive, click the Request Access button, and fill out the contact form. The archive owner will receive an email notifying them of the request. If they choose, they will add your email to the list of Collaborators and send you an invite.
  3. To access the archive, click the “Accept Invitation” link in the email invite. If you haven’t yet created a Kindexer account, you will do this now. If you already have a Kindex account, log in.
  4. If you have a Kindexer account, you will go directly to the archive you were invited to.

If you are an Archive Owner, you will see the archive in your “Archives” list.

Collaborators may:

  • View, search, and read records
  • Add information to records, such as a description, transcription, or comments
  • Add records to the archive

Collaborators may not:

  • Delete records
  • Move, edit, or delete Collections
  • Change Record Info (metadata initially added to records)
Navigating Archives
  • Select a collection or sub-collection to view those records
  • Click “Gather” to reset and go to your home page.
  • Filter records by collection
  • Search your archive