If you decide to start indexing, please join us in the group @Indexing Chat where indexers and reviewers are asking and answering questions every day!
Indexing is fun and interesting and I feel it is a way of serving others. We look at digitized images and type what we see into designated fields on the screen. After the records have been completed for a project, the digitized records, and often the images from which the information was taken, are uploaded to FamilySearch. The computer then searches to see if the names, dates and places in the records correspond with anyone in the HUMUNGEOUS FamilySearch Tree. If it finds someone, it connects to them as a Record Hint. A family member, when they check out their tree, can see that hint, examine it and see if it does indeed have information about that individual in their tree, and if it does, they can attach the document to that person as well as anyone else named in the document. Then anyone who is interested in that person can see the information and the document. It enables people to learn more about their ancestor, including relevant names, dates, places and activities in their lives. I hope you might consider volunteering. I think you might find it enjoyable and satisfying!
Craig, Indexing is people working to input/transcribe information from documents which can help others in their research. This is where a lot of the information comes from to help us identify people and connect them to their families.
Rather than 'reinvent the wheel' ...
Here is a "Knowledge Article" in 'FamilySearch':
What is indexing?
Where it states:
Indexing is the process of taking information from historical records images and putting it into a digital format. Indexing turns the records into searchable sources, allowing researchers to find and attach them to ancestors in their family tree in FamilySearch.
Here's how it works.
To become a volunteer indexer, sign in to FamilySearch.org. At the top of the page, click Indexing, followed by Web Indexing.
If you decide to help and volunteer to do "Indexing" ...
Here is another "Knowledge Article" in 'FamilySearch':
How do I begin indexing on FamilySearch?
I hope you decide to become an "Indexer"
Happy "Indexing" ...
I hope this helps.