Thanks for the response. I apologize for getting my feathers ruffled.So many people insinuate that one HAS to use a genealogy program in order to produce a decent family history that my bucket runneth over.
As to my original index, I don't remember that it was called "Insert" when I used WordPerfect, but there was a feature that allowed me to highlight what I wanted to index.That created a document that was more or less in helter-skelter fashion.Then I formatted for two columns and ran a "sort and alpha" feature that put it all in alpha order.
I don't add much new information to my family histories these days, so I usually just handwrite what I want to add on my hard copy of the index page where it belongs, and then I type that in every eight or nine months.It prevents me from having to print a new index every time I turn around so I won't lose my info should the computer crashe between backup CDs.
I don't know anything about the Word version you use, but I just checked Word 2000, and there is an indexing mechanism there.I didn't take the time to try it out.I feel like your later version will also perform that function. It might take a little practice.You might type a couple of paragraphs containing lots of names and places and play with it until you become familiar with how it works.