Why does FamilySearch direct users to Find My Past rather than to FamilySearch digital images?
When I tried to view the original document from the ‘Search|Records’ results page, the message displayed was: “Open web page, This webpage is not located on the FamilySearch website and will open in your browser”.
Which takes the user to a FindMyPast.com sign in page! As does the broken URL link.
The FamilySearch Document Information is collapsed rather than viewable. I’m very curious why it’s not open and viewable?!
When opened, the hidden Document Information includes the FamilySearch DGS film and image #’s:
The best way, (actually…the only way) I’ve found to access these original FS digital images is from the FS Catalog, by entering the Film/fiche number. Then finding the film number listed in the collection. However, the film is only accessible by clicking on the CAMERA ICON. Otherwise, the links take the user on ENDLESS LOOPS thru searching results or the collection, that NEVER OPENS THE FILM IMAGE!
I’m hoping Engineers get the message that the original images of Documents are highly valued by users! (Even if cursive looks like it’s impossible to read.) Not all information is indexed. For instance, the Father’s occupation is included in this original doc, which is helping me to separate families.
This film IS found on FamilySearch (if users don’t have a FindMyPast account). Why does FamilySearch direct users to FindMyPast.com rather than to FS original films? I believe you own the rights to these images rather than FindMyPast.
PS. If I tried to find this DGS on “Advanced Search” in Search|Images, items would be separated and I would not be able to locate image 2405 of 5574 without going thru MANY images manually and much hunting thru untitled items to locate the one I’m looking for.