LDS Church—Membership Records, 1830–1907


Record Fields and Indexing Instructions

Image Type

Image Type

Click in the Image Type field, and then click on the option from the list that best describes the image.

If the image is normal and has information to be indexed, select Normal. Then press Tab or Enter.

If the image is blank, is unreadable, or is an exact duplicate of an image you have already indexed in the same batch, select the corresponding option from the list. If the image does not include vital information (information about birth, marriage, or death) or membership information (such as information about ordinances), select No Extractable Data Image. Press Tab or Enter, and, on the warning message, click Yes. Then continue to the next image.

Click here to see an example: Normal

Church Unit Name

Church Unit Name

Type the names of the Church unit, along with the accompanying term: Ward, Stake, Branch, Mission, District, Conference, etc.

If the church unit name was misspelled, spell it correctly. If it was abbreviated and you can determine what the abbreviation stands for, type the complete name instead of the abbreviation. Use the lookup list for assistance. If you are not sure what the abbreviation stands for, index what was written, excluding punctuation.

If the name of the church unit was not recorded on the image, you may be able to find it on the previous image.

If the church unit name was not recorded or was written as a variation of the word "unknown," press Tab to skip this field.

Click here to see an example: Ngawha Branch

Principal's Given Names

Principal's Given Names

The given names may be written either before or after the surname. Be sure to type the names in the correct fields on the indexing screen. If you cannot determine if a name is a given name or a surname, index it in this field.

Do not include titles or terms, such as Mrs, Mr, or Jr, with the name. If a name was abbreviated, type it as it was written on the document. Do not type a period after the abbreviation. Do not index punctuation, except hyphens and apostrophes when they were written on the document as part of the name.

If given names were not recorded or were written as a variation of the word "unknown," press Ctrl+B to mark this field as blank.

Click here to see an example: Jennie A

Principal's Surname

Principal's Surname

The surname may be written either before or after the given names. Be sure to type the names in the correct fields on the indexing screen. If you cannot determine if a name is a given name or a surname, index it in the Given Names field.

Do not include titles or terms, such as Mrs, Mr, or Jr, with the name. Do not include punctuation, except hyphens and apostrophes when they were written on the document as part of the name. Do not expand abbreviations. Type what you see in the document.

If the surname was not recorded or was written as a variation of the word "unknown," press Ctrl+B to mark this field as blank.

Click here to see an example: Summerhays

Principal's Gender

Principal's Gender

Type M for male or F for female.

Index the gender only if it was specifically recorded or you can tell what it was from relationship terms, such as "son," "daughter," or "wife," or from other contextual clues, such as the titles "Brother" or "Mr." Do not assume a gender based on given names.

If the gender was not recorded or was written as a variation of the word "unknown," press Tab to skip this field.

Click here to see an example: M

Father's Given Names

Father's Given Names

The given names may be written either before or after the surname. Be sure to type the names in the correct fields on the indexing screen. If you cannot determine if a name is a given name or a surname, index it in this field.

Do not include titles or terms, such as Mr or Sr, with the name. If a name was abbreviated, type it as it was written on the document. Do not type a period after the abbreviation. Do not index punctuation, except hyphens and apostrophes when they were written on the document as part of the name.

If given names were not recorded or were written as a variation of the word "unknown," press Tab to skip this field. 

Click here to see an example: Wehi

Father's Surname

Father's Surname

The surname may be written either before or after the given names. Be sure to type the names in the correct fields on the indexing screen. If you cannot determine if a name is a given name or a surname, index it in the Given Names field.

Do not include titles or terms, such as Mr or Sr, with the name. Do not include punctuation, except hyphens and apostrophes when they were written on the document as part of the name. Do not expand abbreviations. Type what you see in the document.

If the surname was not recorded or was written as a variation of the word "unknown," press Tab to skip this field. 

Click here to see an example: Kauohoto

Mother's Given Name

Mother's Given Names

The given names may be written either before or after the surname. Be sure to type the names in the correct fields on the indexing screen. If you cannot determine if a name is a given name or a surname, index it in this field.

Do not include titles or terms, such as Mrs or Miss, with the name. If a name was abbreviated, type it as it was written on the document. Do not type a period after the abbreviation. Do not index punctuation, except hyphens and apostrophes when they were written on the document as part of the name.

If given names were not recorded or were written as a variation of the word "unknown," press press Tab to skip this field. 

Click here to see an example: Mary L

Mother's Surname

Mother's Surname

The surname may be written either before or after the given names. Be sure to type the names in the correct fields on the indexing screen. If you cannot determine if a name is a given name or a surname, index it in the Given Names field.

Do not include titles or terms, such as Mrs or Miss, with the name. Do not include punctuation, except hyphens and apostrophes when they were written on the document as part of the name. Do not expand abbreviations. Type what you see in the document.

If the surname was not recorded or was written as a variation of the word "unknown," press Tab to skip this field. 

Click here to see an example: Folsom

Birthplace

Birthplace

Type the place of birth that was written on the record.

If the place of birth was misspelled, spell it correctly. If it was abbreviated and you can determine what the abbreviation stands for, type the complete name instead of the abbreviation. Use the lookup list for assistance. If you are not sure what the abbreviation stands for, index what was written, excluding punctuation.

If multiple levels of locality were recorded for the place of birth, index all levels in the order they were recorded, separating each level of locality with a space, not with a comma.

If the place of birth was not recorded or was written as a variation of the word "unknown," press Tab to skip this field.

Click here to see an example: Teton Fremont Idaho

Birth Day

Birth Day

Type the one- or two-digit number for the day.

If the day was not recorded or was written as a variation of the word "unknown," press Tab to skip this field.

Click here to see an example: 26

Birth Month

Birth Month

Type the first three letters of the month: Jan, Feb, Mar, etc.

If the month was not recorded or was written as a variation of the word "unknown," press Tab to skip this field. 

Click here to see an example: Sep

Birth Year

Birth Year

Type a four-digit number for the year. If no year or only a two-digit number was recorded, you may be able to determine the year from other data on the image or from the previous or next image. If you still cannot determine the full four-digit year, type what was written on the record.

If the year was not recorded or was written as a variation of the word "unknown," press Tab to skip this field.

Click here to see an example: 1899

Blessing Day

Blessing Day

Type the one- or two-digit number for the day.

If the day was not recorded or was written as a variation of the word "unknown," press Tab to skip this field.

Click here to see an example: 15

Blessing Month

Blessing Month

Type the first three letters of the month: Jan, Feb, Mar, etc.

If the month was not recorded or was written as a variation of the word "unknown," press Tab to skip this field.

Click here to see an example: Jun

Blessing Year

Blessing Year

Type a four-digit number for the year. If no year or only a two-digit number was recorded, you may be able to determine the year from other data on the image or from the previous or next image. If you still cannot determine the full four-digit year, type what was written on the record.

If the year was not recorded or was written as a variation of the word "unknown," press Tab to skip this field.

Click here to see an example: 1899

Baptism Day

Baptism Day

Type the one- or two-digit number for the day.

If the day was not recorded or was written as a variation of the word "unknown," press Tab to skip this field.

Click here to see an example: 31

Baptism Month

Baptism Month

Type the first three letters of the month: Jan, Feb, Mar, etc.

If the month was not recorded or was written as a variation of the word "unknown," press Tab to skip this field.

Click here to see an example: Aug

Baptism Year

Baptism Year

Type a four-digit number for the year. If no year or only a two-digit number was recorded, you may be able to determine the year from other data on the image or from the previous or next image. If you still cannot determine the full four-digit year, type what was written on the record.

If the year was not recorded or was written as a variation of the word "unknown," press Tab to skip this field.

Click here to see an example: 1896

Confirmation Day

Confirmation Day

Type the one- or two-digit number for the day.

If the day was not recorded or was written as a variation of the word "unknown," press Tab to skip this field.

Click here to see an example: 3

Confirmation Month

Confirmation Month

Type the first three letters of the month: Jan, Feb, Mar, etc.

If the month was not recorded or was written as a variation of the word "unknown," press Tab to skip this field.

Click here to see an example: Sep

Confirmation Year

Confirmation Year

Type a four-digit number for the year. If no year or only a two-digit number was recorded, you may be able to determine the year from other data on the image or from the previous or next image. If you still cannot determine the full four-digit year, type what was written on the record.

If the year was not recorded or was written as a variation of the word "unknown," press Tab to skip this field.

Click here to see an example: 1896

Day: Melchizedek Ordination

Day: Melchizedek Priesthood Ordination

Index a date in this field only if an ordination to the Melchizedek Priesthood was recorded but no priesthood office was indicated.

Type the one- or two-digit number for the day.

If the day was not recorded or was written as a variation of the word "unknown," press Tab to skip this field.

Month: Melchizedek Ordination

Month: Melchizedek Priesthood Ordination

Index a date in this field only if an ordination to the Melchizedek Priesthood was recorded but no priesthood office was indicated.

Type the first three letters of the month: Jan, Feb, Mar, etc.

If the month was not recorded or was written as a variation of the word "unknown," press Tab to skip this field.

Year: Melchizedek Ordination

Year: Melchizedek Priesthood Ordination

Index a date in this field only if an ordination to the Melchizedek Priesthood was recorded but no priesthood office was indicated.

Type a four-digit number for the year. If no year or only a two-digit number was recorded, you may be able to determine the year from other data on the image or from the previous or next image. If you still cannot determine the full four-digit year, type what was written on the record.

If the year was not recorded or was written as a variation of the word "unknown," press Tab to skip this field.

Given Names: Melchizedek Priesthood Ordination

Given Names: Melchizedek Priesthood by Whom Ordained

The given names may be written either before or after the surname. Be sure to type the names in the correct fields on the indexing screen. If you cannot determine if a name is a given name or a surname, index it in this field.

Do not include titles or terms, such as Mr or Sr, with the name. If a name was abbreviated, type it as it was written on the document. Do not type a period after the abbreviation. Do not index punctuation, except hyphens and apostrophes when they were written on the document as part of the name.

If given names were not recorded or were written as a variation of the word "unknown," press Tab to skip this field.

Surname: Melchizedek Priesthood Ordination

Surname: Melchizedek Priesthood by Whom Ordained

The surname may be written either before or after the given names. Be sure to type the names in the correct fields on the indexing screen. If you cannot determine if a name is a given name or a surname, index it in the Given Names field.

Do not include titles or terms, such as Mr or Sr, with the name. Do not include punctuation, except hyphens and apostrophes when they were written on the document as part of the name. Do not expand abbreviations. Type what you see in the document.

If the surname was not recorded or was written as a variation of the word "unknown," press Tab to skip this field.

Day: Elder Ordination

Day: Elder Ordination

Type the one- or two-digit number for the day.

If the day was not recorded or was written as a variation of the word "unknown," press Tab to skip this field.

Click here to see an example: 3

Month: Elder Ordination

Month: Elder Ordination

Type the first three letters of the month: Jan, Feb, Mar, etc.

If the month was not recorded or was written as a variation of the word "unknown," press Tab to skip this field.

Click here to see an example: Nov

Year: Elder Ordination

Year: Elder Ordination

Type a four-digit number for the year. If no year or only a two-digit number was recorded, you may be able to determine the year from other data on the image or from the previous or next image. If you still cannot determine the full four-digit year, type what was written on the record.

If the year was not recorded or was written as a variation of the word "unknown," press Tab to skip this field.

Click here to see an example: 1904

Given Names: Elder Ordination

Given Names: Elder by Whom Ordained

The given names may be written either before or after the surname. Be sure to type the names in the correct fields on the indexing screen. If you cannot determine if a name is a given name or a surname, index it in this field.

Do not include titles or terms, such as Mr or Sr, with the name. If a name was abbreviated, type it as it was written on the document. Do not type a period after the abbreviation. Do not index punctuation, except hyphens and apostrophes when they were written on the document as part of the name.

If given names were not recorded or were written as a variation of the word "unknown," press Tab to skip this field.

Click here to see an example: C D

Surname: Elder Ordination

Surname: Elder by Whom Ordained

The surname may be written either before or after the given names. Be sure to type the names in the correct fields on the indexing screen. If you cannot determine if a name is a given name or a surname, index it in the Given Names field.

Do not include titles or terms, such as Mr or Sr, with the name. Do not include punctuation, except hyphens and apostrophes when they were written on the document as part of the name. Do not expand abbreviations. Type what you see in the document.

If the surname was not recorded or was written as a variation of the word "unknown," press Tab to skip this field.

Click here to see an example: Dartridge

Day: Seventy Ordination

Day: Seventy Ordination

Type the one- or two-digit number for the day.

If the day was not recorded or was written as a variation of the word "unknown," press Tab to skip this field.

Month: Seventy Ordination

Month: Seventy Ordination

Type the first three letters of the month: Jan, Feb, Mar, etc.

If the month was not recorded or was written as a variation of the word "unknown," press Tab to skip this field.

Year: Seventy Ordination

Year: Seventy Ordination

Type a four-digit number for the year. If no year or only a two-digit number was recorded, you may be able to determine the year from other data on the image or from the previous or next image. If you still cannot determine the full four-digit year, type what was written on the record.

If the year was not recorded or was written as a variation of the word "unknown," press Tab to skip this field.

Given Names: Seventy Ordination

Given Names: Seventy by Whom Ordained

The given names may be written either before or after the surname. Be sure to type the names in the correct fields on the indexing screen. If you cannot determine if a name is a given name or a surname, index it in this field.

Do not include titles or terms, such as Mr or Sr, with the name. If a name was abbreviated, type it as it was written on the document. Do not type a period after the abbreviation. Do not index punctuation, except hyphens and apostrophes when they were written on the document as part of the name.

If given names were not recorded or were written as a variation of the word "unknown," press Tab to skip this field.

Surname: Seventy Ordination

Surname: Seventy by Whom Ordained

The surname may be written either before or after the given names. Be sure to type the names in the correct fields on the indexing screen. If you cannot determine if a name is a given name or a surname, index it in the Given Names field.

Do not include titles or terms, such as Mr or Sr, with the name. Do not include punctuation, except hyphens and apostrophes when they were written on the document as part of the name. Do not expand abbreviations. Type what you see in the document.

If the surname was not recorded or was written as a variation of the word "unknown," press Tab to skip this field.

Day: High Priest Ordination

Day: High Priest Ordination

Type the one- or two-digit number for the day.

If the day was not recorded or was written as a variation of the word "unknown," press Tab to skip this field.

Click here to see an example: 7

Month: High Priest Ordination

Month: High Priest Ordination

Type the first three letters of the month: Jan, Feb, Mar, etc.

If the month was not recorded or was written as a variation of the word "unknown," press Tab to skip this field.

Click here to see an example: Sep

Year: High Priest Ordination

Year: High Priest Ordination

Type a four-digit number for the year. If no year or only a two-digit number was recorded, you may be able to determine the year from other data on the image or from the previous or next image. If you still cannot determine the full four-digit year, type what was written on the record.

If the year was not recorded or was written as a variation of the word "unknown," press Tab to skip this field.

Click here to see an example: 1930

Given Names: High Priest Ordination

Given Names: High Priest by Whom Ordained

The given names may be written either before or after the surname. Be sure to type the names in the correct fields on the indexing screen. If you cannot determine if a name is a given name or a surname, index it in this field.

Do not include titles or terms, such as Mr or Sr, with the name. If a name was abbreviated, type it as it was written on the document. Do not type a period after the abbreviation. Do not index punctuation, except hyphens and apostrophes when they were written on the document as part of the name.

If given names were not recorded or were written as a variation of the word "unknown," press Tab to skip this field.

Click here to see an example: Rudger

Surname: High Priest Ordination

Surname: High Priest by Whom Ordained

The surname may be written either before or after the given names. Be sure to type the names in the correct fields on the indexing screen. If you cannot determine if a name is a given name or a surname, index it in the Given Names field.

Do not include titles or terms, such as Mr or Sr, with the name. Do not include punctuation, except hyphens and apostrophes when they were written on the document as part of the name. Do not expand abbreviations. Type what you see in the document.

If the surname was not recorded or was written as a variation of the word "unknown," press Tab to skip this field.

Click here to see an example: Clawson

Received From

Received From

The record may include an indication of where the record was received from. This indication may be a place-name, or it may be written as some other term, such as "Transfer" or "Blessing."

Index what was written as it was written. Do not correct misspellings or expand abbreviations.

If multiple levels of locality were recorded, such as the name of a ward as well as the name of a stake, index all levels in the order they were recorded, separating each level of locality with a space, not with a comma.

If no information was recorded about where the record was received from or if it was written as a variation of the word "unknown," press Tab to skip this field.

Click here to see an example: Emerson Granite

Day: Received From

Day: Received From

Type the one- or two-digit number for the day.

If the day was not recorded or was written as a variation of the word "unknown," press Tab to skip this field.

Click here to see an example: 4

Month: Received From

Month: Received From

Type the first three letters of the month: Jan, Feb, Mar, etc.

If the month was not recorded or was written as a variation of the word "unknown," press Tab to skip this field.

Click here to see an example: June

Year: Received From

Year: Received From

Type a four-digit number for the year. If no year or only a two-digit number was recorded, you may be able to determine the year from other data on the image or from the previous or next image. If you still cannot determine the full four-digit year, type what was written on the record.

If the year was not recorded or was written as a variation of the word "unknown," press Tab to skip this field.

Click here to see an example: 1923

Spouse's Given Name

Spouse's Given Names

The given names may be written either before or after the surname. Be sure to type the names in the correct fields on the indexing screen. If you cannot determine if a name is a given name or a surname, index it in this field.

Do not include titles or terms, such as Mr, Mrs, or Sr, with the name. If a name was abbreviated, type it as it was written on the document. Do not type a period after the abbreviation. Do not index punctuation, except hyphens and apostrophes when they were written on the document as part of the name.

If given names were not recorded or were written as a variation of the word "unknown," press Tab to skip this field.

Click here to see an example: Annie E

Spouse's Surname

Spouse's Surname

The surname may be written either before or after the given names. Be sure to type the names in the correct fields on the indexing screen. If you cannot determine if a name is a given name or a surname, index it in the Given Names field.

Do not include titles or terms, such as Mr, Mrs, or Jr, with the name. Do not include punctuation, except hyphens and apostrophes when they were written on the document as part of the name. Do not expand abbreviations. Type what you see in the document.

If the surname was not recorded or was written as a variation of the word "unknown," press Tab to skip this field.

Click here to see an example: Hainsworth

Marriage Place

Marriage Place

Type the place of marriage that was written on the record.

If the place-name was misspelled, spell it correctly. If it was abbreviated and you can determine what the abbreviation stands for, type the complete name instead of the abbreviation. Use the lookup list for assistance. If you are not sure what the abbreviation stands for, index what was written, excluding punctuation.

If multiple levels of locality were recorded, index all levels in the order they were recorded, separating each level of locality with a space, not with a comma.

If the place of marriage was not recorded or was written as a variation of the word "unknown," press Tab to skip this field.

Marriage Day

Marriage Day

Type the one- or two-digit number for the day.

If the day was not recorded or was written as a variation of the word "unknown," press Tab to skip this field.

Click here to see an example: 11

Marriage Month

Marriage Month

Type the first three letters of the month: Jan, Feb, Mar, etc.

If the month was not recorded or was written as a variation of the word "unknown," press Tab to skip this field.

Click here to see an example: Mar

Marriage Year

Marriage Year

Type a four-digit number for the year. If no year or only a two-digit number was recorded, you may be able to determine the year from other data on the image or from the previous or next image. If you still cannot determine the full four-digit year, type what was written on the record.

If the year was not recorded or was written as a variation of the word "unknown," press Tab to skip this field.

Click here to see an example: 1899

Removed To

Removed To

The record may include an indication of where the record was moved to. This indication may be a place-name, or it may be written as some other term, such as the name of a stake or a ward.

Index what was written as it was written. Do not correct misspellings or expand abbreviations.

If multiple levels of locality were recorded, such as the name of a ward as well as the name of a stake, index all levels in the order they were recorded, separating each level of locality with a space, not with a comma.

If no information was recorded about where the record was received from or if it was written as a variation of the word "unknown," press Tab to skip this field.

Click here to see an example: Beaminster

Day: Removed To

Day: Removed To

Type the one- or two-digit number for the day.

If the day was not recorded or was written as a variation of the word "unknown," press Tab to skip this field.

Click here to see an example: 25

Month: Removed To

Month: Removed To

Type the first three letters of the month: Jan, Feb, Mar, etc.

If the month was not recorded or was written as a variation of the word "unknown," press Tab to skip this field.

Click here to see an example: Jul

Year: Removed To

Year: Removed To

Type a four-digit number for the year. If no year or only a two-digit number was recorded, you may be able to determine the year from other data on the image or from the previous or next image. If you still cannot determine the full four-digit year, type what was written on the record.

If the year was not recorded or was written as a variation of the word "unknown," press Tab to skip this field.

Click here to see an example: 1851

Day: Excommunicated or Cut Off

Day: Excommunicated or Cut Off

Type the one- or two-digit number for the day.

If the day was not recorded or was written as a variation of the word "unknown," press Tab to skip this field.

Click here to see an example: 4

Month: Excommunicated or Cut Off

Month: Excommunicated or Cut Off

Type the first three letters of the month: Jan, Feb, Mar, etc.

If the month was not recorded or was written as a variation of the word "unknown," press Tab to skip this field.

Click here to see an example: Aug

Year: Excommunicated or Cut Off

Year: Excommunicated or Cut Off

Type a four-digit number for the year. If no year or only a two-digit number was recorded, you may be able to determine the year from other data on the image or from the previous or next image. If you still cannot determine the full four-digit year, type what was written on the record.

If the year was not recorded or was written as a variation of the word "unknown," press Tab to skip this field.

Click here to see an example: 1893

Day: Rebaptized

Day: Rebaptized

Type the one- or two-digit number for the day.

If the day was not recorded or was written as a variation of the word "unknown," press Tab to skip this field.

Month: Rebaptized

Month: Rebaptized

Type the first three letters of the month: Jan, Feb, Mar, etc.

If the month was not recorded or was written as a variation of the word "unknown," press Tab to skip this field.

Year: Rebaptized

Year: Rebaptized

Type a four-digit number for the year. If no year or only a two-digit number was recorded, you may be able to determine the year from other data on the image or from the previous or next image. If you still cannot determine the full four-digit year, type what was written on the record.

If the year was not recorded or was written as a variation of the word "unknown," press Tab to skip this field.

Click here to see an example: 1852

Day: Reconfirmation

Day: Reconfirmation

Type the one- or two-digit number for the day.

If the day was not recorded or was written as a variation of the word "unknown," press Tab to skip this field.

Month: Reconfirmation

Month: Reconfirmation

Type the first three letters of the month: Jan, Feb, Mar, etc.

If the month was not recorded or was written as a variation of the word "unknown," press Tab to skip this field.

Year: Reconfirmation

Year: Reconfirmation

Type a four-digit number for the year. If no year or only a two-digit number was recorded, you may be able to determine the year from other data on the image or from the previous or next image. If you still cannot determine the full four-digit year, type what was written on the record.

If the year was not recorded or was written as a variation of the word "unknown," press Tab to skip this field.

Death Day

Death Day

Type the one- or two-digit number for the day. If no death date was recorded but there is a burial date, type the burial day in this field.

If the day was not recorded or was written as a variation of the word "unknown," press Tab to skip this field.

Click here to see an example: 4

Death Month

Death Month

Type the first three letters of the month: Jan, Feb, Mar, etc. If there is no death date but there is a burial date, type the burial month in this field.

If the month was not recorded or was written as a variation of the word "unknown," press Tab to skip this field.

Click here to see an example: Dec

Death Year

Death Year

Type a four-digit number for the year. If no year or only a two-digit number was recorded, you may be able to determine the year from other data on the image or from the previous or next image. If you still cannot determine the full four-digit year, type what was written on the record.

If the year was not recorded or was written as a variation of the word "unknown," press Tab to skip this field.

Click here to see an example: 1871

Death Place

Death Place

Type the place of death that was written on the record.

If the place-name was misspelled, spell it correctly. If it was abbreviated and you can determine what the abbreviation stands for, type the complete name instead of the abbreviation. Use the lookup list for assistance. If you are not sure what the abbreviation stands for, index what was written, excluding punctuation.

If multiple levels of locality were recorded for the place of death, index all levels in the order they were recorded, separating each level of locality with a space, not with a comma.

If the place of death was not recorded or was written as a variation of the word "unknown," press Tab to skip this field.

Excommunication Indicator

Type an X in this field if a person was cut off or excommunicated.