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How Do I Create an Index Using Pages?

I started using pages to create a genealogical book of about 5000 people. The index needs to show the surname, given name(s) and page number and preferably created as a name is used (while typing in the body of the book). I’ve been told indexing is something done by the publisher for extra charges or maybe software other than Pages. None desirable options.
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Karen Frazer

Comments: 2 Responses to “How Do I Create an Index Using Pages?”

    5 months ago

    You could use bookmarks for something like this, but for that many names it will be tough. Table of Contents may be the better way to go, using a title line for each name in a special style, and then generating a Table of Contents as normal. You can put that anywhere you want in the document.

    https://macmost.com/create-a-table-of-contents-with-pages.html will give you the basics.

    As far as a real index, that would involve two things: first, someone to identify words to include in the index, and second the ability to create the list of links. You can’t do that in Pages, but you can in Word. It is common to have a publisher do that by hiring an expert as it takes a human touch to decide which words belong. But that isn’t really what you are talking about here as you want an index of a specific list of things.

    Karen Frazer
    5 months ago

    Thanks, your answer confirms this project will be monstrously tedious in Pages.

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