A Sampson Family Record Rescue

One family organization—the Sampsons of Delta, Utah—embraced the idea of record gathering and digitization. When reunion organizer Tonna Bounds first approached friend and Kindex owner Kimball Clark, she had a great vision of uniting her family records, but was concerned about the following obstacles: How to encourage family members throughout the country to attend the…

Announcing new batch & collections features for your Kindex archive

Kindex is excited to announce the release of two major software updates that enable Kindex users to customize and grow their archives in powerful new ways. 1. Add & Organize Records into Collections Archive owners can now create Collections within their archives to organize their records. With collections, you can organize your records any way you wish. For…

Find What is Lost: Introducing found.kindex.org

A few weeks ago I was browsing in an antique shop when a stack of old photos caught my eye. As I examined these portraits and family poses one by one, I discovered names written on the back:  David A. Page. Teddy O. Keefer. Ester Olson. How did they get lost? As a self-proclaimed hoarder of my own…

Indexing on the Kindex Lost & Found Archive

Thanks for being amazing and  indexing on found.kindex.org! See the instructions below for indexing records on the Kindex Lost & Found Archive. For a general overview and instructions, see links below. General Indexing Guidelines Software Overview FAQ Getting Started on Kindex Getting Started on Lost & Found SIGN UP If you haven’t already, sign up for…

Announcing the Release of Collaborative & Public Archives

Announcing the release the Kindex Collaborative Upgrade, the best way to bring family and friends together on a single, online archive. Upgrade to Collaborative and transform your archive into a destination where friends or family can help gather, index, and search—or simply enjoy reading family records. Also released today is the option to create a Public…

Kindex Wins People’s Choice Award at 2017 RootsTech Innovator Showdown

What started with a discovery of grandma’s old letters ended with a $25,000 prize for the People’s Choice winners at the 2017 RootsTech Innovators Showdown. For cousins Kimball Clark and Cathy Gilmore, the award represents a heartfelt validation that Kindex®—web software that enables families to archive and index their family records together—is needed by families…

Upside Down & Inside Out: Using Family Records in Genealogy

Over the past couple of years we’ve observed the increasingly prominent role stories have played in helping people engage with family history. During 2016, Steve Rockwood, president and CEO of FamilySearch International, revealed how FamilySearch is changing the way they engage people in family history. Starting with stories—rather than names, dates, and charts—turns the traditional family tree model upside…

Gather What is Scattered

Accumulating, organizing, and digitizing family records is the first—and often the most challenging—step families face. And the larger the family association, the more complex this “gather” step can be.

Planting Pansies: A Remembrance

A remembrance of seaside days, gathering cockles in the shallow marshes of Bosham harbor. A remembrance of Ellen and the love of his youth. A remembrance of home and the flowers that bloomed there.

Chasing Butterflies: When Clues Lead to Stories

Sometimes searching for stories in our family records is like chasing butterflies: we never know where the path will lead us, and catching them is elusive. With Kindex, our goal is to make that path easier through the ability to search and share family records.

Ellsworth to Dorothy, 1 August 1932

Oh Dot, I think of you in all my work. You just seem to pop up wherever I am and whatever I’m doing. Even though I’m busy and not able to write quite so often as I did I think of us often and with more real appreciation. At first it was sort of a devoid feeling I felt mostly because of my many evenings and days with you. It was a direct change in my way of living. Now I’m somewhat over that. I still am lonely but I’m realizing what it means to be a pal to you and be in your company. A deeper appreciation I believe. It’s surely the foundation for a very close friendship. I realize now that it is not a common infatuation or a short romance. If it were ever that it has changed into something which I want to keep and what means everything to me.

Family History Karma: Helping One Another on the Journey

Family history can be like a road journey in many ways. We have research goals, project goals, and usually a large list of documents to research or scan, places to visit, and discoveries to make in our limited time. Why stop our own journey to help someone else on theirs? Because karma works in genealogy journeys too!