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Upload a Genealogical Index to Geneanet

Posted by Jean-Yves on Apr 21, 2021

You want to collaborate and to share your indexing works with as many people as possible? This page is for you!

Data shared by Geneanet members can be family trees, collaborative indexes, postcards, pictures of graves and also genealogical indexes.

What is a genealogical index?

A genealogical index is a list of persons entered in a spreadsheet (Excel or OpenOffice). Usually, we talk about genealogical index when a complete series of data has been indexed, for example all the marriages in the same place. These data often come from pages of registers available online.

Why indexing genealogical data?

Indexing last names, first names and other data useful for genealogists is saving valuable time for your research! Indeed, when the index is done, it allows you to:

– Easily find genealogical data and information about your family,

– Easily find the date and place of a marriage, contracted in another parish for example,

– And last but not least, not having to read the records one by one.

When you index all records in the same place, you are sure that you will not miss one! Indexing is an investment on your research!

Why uploading a genealogical index to Geneanet?

When you upload an index to Geneanet, everyone can read it. The list of uploaded indexes is available on this page.

There are actually 70,000 indexes uploaded by volunteers in France, 1,250 in the Luxembourg, and more than 500 in Italy. Viewing these indexes is free and always will be.

How to upload a genealogical index to Geneanet?

There is nothing simpler than uploading an index!

Two options are available:

– You can send your index at international@geneanet.org and someone will upload it to your Geneanet account.

– You can upload the index by yourself.

How to upload your index to Geneanet?

First, you must verify that your Excel file complies with the following:

1. All the fields must be separated by semicolons.

2. The header must be clearly defined.

3. The file must be in CSV format.

When all these points are verified, click the menu “Projects” then “Your Sharing”.

Click “Indexes” to upload your index.

Fill in the form (type, date, place, title, description) and select your file.

Step 2 consists of two questions :

– Does the following line contains the name of the fields? Select “Yes”.

– Please select the separator used in your CSV file. Select “Semicolon”.

Then submit.

Step 3 says if the fields have correctly been recognised. You can submit if they are.

If you have problems uploading an index or if you have questions, you can send your index by email at international@geneanet.org.


I don’t know how to do this but I’m interested if you guidde me step by step


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