What is Indexing?
How can I become an indexing volunteer?
If you would like to get started, the first thing you will do is download the indexing software onto your computer which you will find here: https://familysearch.org/indexing/get-started-indexer.
Here is an instructional video that provides step -by-step instructions:
Top 5 Indexing Tips
I know from my own experience I have had to return a batch and let someone more experienced work on it. Once it is returned I can then choose a different batch to work on. There is no penalty for returning a batch.
2. Always read over the project instructions.
No matter how experienced of an indexer you are, it is always important to read over the instructions for each new project that you work on. The instructions are there to ensure that you understand what you are doing. As you are working on your batch, you can always refer back to them by clicking on the instructions link.
3. If you are stuck on an unfamiliar letter, try referring back to the image and look for the same letters. Examining the whole document can be a good way of figuring out what the letter might be as you see them in different context. You can also hit CTRL-ALT-H (at the same time) to pull up handwriting helps in FamilySearch.
4. Try tracing the movement of the letters to help you understand the way that they flow. This also is a great tip when you are not sure what the letter or word might be.
5. Don't be afraid to ask for help. There are many ways to access help. There are over 4,600 Family History Centers throughout the world. Feel free to walk into any of the centers to find people who are more than willing to help answer your questions and walk you through the indexing process. They can even help you get started on your own family tree. You may also refer to FamilySearch Support. You can chat with a representative, send a message, find a local Family History Center, or access the phone number to call a representative for help. I have contacted them many times and found them to always be very friendly and helpful.