Category Archives: Indexing Gone Wrong

Indexing Gone Wrong, 1

I have seen some pretty bad indexing work lately. I’ve decided to make my blog a little more active by sharing some really terrible indexing examples. Maybe it will help other people find records they are having trouble finding by showing how badly things get indexed sometimes and giving them alternate ideas to search for their own missing relatives.

Today’s find was from a marriage register. It is indexed by FamilySearch as Rabruowitz. Really? Rabruowitz? I hadn’t even looked at how this name was indexed (I was looking for the groom’s name) and at the first glance I knew it said Rabinowitz.

FamilySearch is indexed by two people and then arbitrated. Is this really the best they could come up with for this name? Rabruowitz? I’ll grant them that the I is not so clear, but come on.