Hey there Our Father ;-)
My wife is the director of a technical support team for a software
company, so I bounced your question off her, and here is what she said
about Words built-in indexer:
There is an index feature in word, but he is right, it is time
You have to select the text and hit ALT+SHIFT+X. Then you have to
the main entry and any sub entries.
For example, he might want to create a main entry called Surnames,
each surname would be listed with page number when he enters the above
This really is the best way to do it, because as he adds and removes
from his book, the page number a given surname is on will change. He
have to update any separate index he creates any time something moves
across a page break.
If he does not care about the page numbers, and just wants a list, he
could enter all genealogy information into a family tree program and
a list of surnames, print to file and merge the list with the book.
If you dont want to go that route, there are professional indexers
out there who will do the job for a fee. Here are a few:
Heritage Indexing & Research (dealing specifically with genealogy)
The Well-Chosen Word
Cynthia D. Bertelson
Larry S. Bonura
Here is the link for the American Society of Indexers:
There is also software available for the do-it-yourself-er:
CINDEX is software that advertises itself for the professional
indexer. Here is a blurb from the front page of their web site:
CINDEX is a uniquely capable program for preparing indexes to books,
newspapers and other periodical publications. It offers the
professional indexer unmatched features and ease of use. You can also
use it to prepare glossaries, or to create subject authority lists
based on existing indexes. CINDEX does not replace you as the indexer,
but supports you through a host of features that greatly simplify
index preparation and enable you to produce the finest indexes in
virtually any format. CINDEX performs the operations you would expect,
effortlessly and unobtrusively. It handles all the time-consuming
steps, such as sorting, checking cross-references, and formatting,
freeing you to concentrate on the facts and ideas developed in the
text. Major publishers use CINDEX for indexing in- house and editing
and formatting indexes from outside sources. CINDEX is indispensable
to freelance indexers -- its flexibility and formatting options
deliver indexes to suit the requirements of almost any publisher --
and it also provides the features librarians need for indexing
newspapers and special collections.
MACREX is another program that sounds like it would fit your bill:
MACREX is a computer program designed to assist an indexer working
from printed proofs, text on disk, the author's manuscript, or an
already completed book. The index is created as a completely
independent document; it is not constructed by tagging or otherwise
marking up the text. The purpose of MACREX is to help indexers improve
consistency and increase productivity by automating routine tasks
(sorting, printing, repagination, etc.) leaving the indexer free to
concentrate on the wording and construction of the index entries.
Version One of MACREX appeared over twenty years ago and the program
has been under continuous development ever since. It has been written
in close collaboration with our users, who include indexers in
academic institutions, government departments, business and industrial
concerns and publishing companies world-wide as well as freelance
indexers and authors. MACREX is used to prepare the indexes for some
of the world's leading books and journals. It is used extensively by
members of the Society of Indexers, and over 85% of the indexers who
mention using a commercial indexing package in Indexers Available,the
Society's directory, have MACREX.
SKY Index might also be worth a look:
SKY Index is designed to maximize use of the Windows user interface.
This gives you greater flexibility and greater ease of use at the same
time. You will get all of the features that you expect in a Windows
based program such as context menus, tool bars, drag and drop, and
online help. Just take a look at some of SKY Index's many features...
You can check out SKYs specific features on this page:
Then of course theres wINDEX, as opposed to Windex, (which lets the
shine come through):
wINDEX was designed by a professional indexer, not a programmer. It
is not like the indexing programs that come with word processors.
wINDEX makes editing and data-entry fast and easy. You can create a
top-quality, professional index. wINDEX advantages include easy
editing, easy viewing, easy data-entry and flexibility.
There is also an indexing resource page available that might contain
some help for you:
I hope this answers your question. If you need more information or
clarifications, dont hesitate to contact me via the Clarify Answer
Thanks for a fun search!
Professional indexing genealogy