Field Help is located in the bottom-right corner
As I have helped new indexers this past week, I’ve had to teach them two things right off the start.
The first thing you need to remember is that there are answers to your questions in the Field Help window pane. What do you do when there is no household number? What do you do when there is no surname? What do you type in the Titles field?
These questions and more are answered in Field Helps. Located in the bottom-right-hand part of the screen, the help content changes as you move from field to field. When you have a question, check there first.
One aspect of FamilySearch Indexing (FSI) that makes it easy to use is field highlighting. As you index the page, the information to be indexed is highlighted in blue on the form.
For 1940 Census batches, FSI often highlights the wrong spot on the form.
To fix the highlighting, click on the View menu, then on Adjust Highlights. This puts FSI into Adjust Highlighting Mode.
Initially, it looks like nothing has happened. Move your mouse over the names on the census and the highlighting frame shows up. Drag the upper-left corner to the spot shown below:
Scroll down to line 40. Move the mouse until the frame shows up. Drag the lower-left corner to the spot shown:
Scroll to the top of column 19. Drag the upper-right corner to the spot shown:
Scroll to the bottom of column 19 and drag the lower-right corner to the spot shown:
Finally, turn off Adjust Highlights Mode by selecting the View menu and again clicking Adjust Highlights.
Now as you go about indexing, you will always know where to find the information to index.