Add town names to record search pages
On the pages where one scrolls through images of records, it would be helpful to include name of town, either on the top left section of the page where it indicates film number or in the description of the information below (where there is one tab for indexed records and the other for information).
Often when I search, I'll have several tabs open and it gets confusing which tab is for what town. In order to figure it out I have to trace the file number back through the search process - it would be so much easier if it was included in the search page.
Julia Szent-Györgyi ✭✭✭✭✭
Are you talking about the catalog's image viewer, which is what indexed records bring up if you ask for the image?
(I'm a bit uncertain because you called it a "search page", and it isn't that at all.)
If there are index entries associated with the page, then the Image Index tab should tell you the place. If there are no associated index entries, that generally means that you're looking for records by paging through images, which is an activity that's really only effective on one film at a time. (I speak from experience on this.)
I agree that it would be nice if the browser tab had a more specific label -- I easily end up with six or ten of them identically labeled "Hungary, Church" (or just "Hungary, C" if I've been particularly busy) -- but I'm not sure how or if the label could be changed. What if it's a multi-part film, with each part from a different place? Or worse, what if it's one of those 18th century property censuses that were done by village, so that you get five or ten images per village, and you have to hope that the microfilm crew remembered to add the correct title cards in between?1
Are these images indexed or not indexed? That makes a huge difference. If not indexed, it is not feasible to label the image frames with a town. Very often, film rolls contain multiple sets of records; the record sets can be not related.
If indexed, even here it is not feasible to label the image with a town. Many if not most record images are not associated with towns.0
The records I'm talking about are not indexed. Under the information tab they give the list of years and types of records (birth, marriage, death, etc) It would be nice if in this information about the total film, they also included town names. I do end up with several open at a time when I'm perhaps looking for a birth record for one person, and later their death record, etc and different towns are involved. Then I need to remember which set of records I'm in and the only way is to copy the film number, open a new tab and do a search in the catalog to find where I am.
I don't need each image frame labeled with a town, just the general film information, just like they are in the catalog.0