Issues with Indexing
I am seeing a lot of records in Latin America and the Philippines which are poorly indexed. They look like they could be the indexes created by computers, perhaps?
There are no relationships given. Sometimes not even a date. The task of researching through indexes where one cannot do a parent or spouse search is astronomical. It makes the indexing useless if no relationships are provided.
I just found an indexed record in Venezuela. No parents' names in the indexed record although there are parents in the document. No relationships. Just a bunch of first names including those of witnesses. I love that witnesses are being indexed, but they need to be indexed and labeled as a witness. How would I be able to find a christening for anyone when surnames may or may not be indexed? Or when her parents' names are not listed as parents' names?
I would rather there be no indexes made than indexes like this. The 1950 computerized indexing done when the 1950 census was first released was similar. The program couldn't read and process the names. (I realize the 1950 Census index published on the Federal Government website likely was unrelated to the FamilySearch indexing of it, but it is an example.) I do not think Artificial Intelligence (i.e. computers) can index records which are then helpful for genealogists. Without relationships, surnames, etc. they're not helpful.