Source-Linking Application and Indexing
Related post reference: https://community.familysearch.org/en/discussion/147159/user-experience#latest
Source-Linking Function desktop browser (DB):
- Source-Linker application is not being used - odd in itself.
- therefore, the details provided in record are not pulled through to Person page
- related facts are not tagged with the attaching of a source (touching on the Marriage source-linking issue clarified in more detail below)
- in fact, the date and index of the source are "undone" leaving "+ADD" for the date and removing the image!?
- increased/too high Time/Energy cost
Whereas on Source-Linking Function on mobile browser (MB):
- uses Source-Linker application, which
- automatically tags sources and updates information (although needs some tweaking, see below)
- allows the improvement and standardisation of details while being linked
- creates Person IDs and Relationships while being linked
- all of which reduces Time/Energy cost
Specific to Events (Marriage/ Probate/Baptism/Residences):
- the Source-Linker creates the event/fact but doesn't attach the source:
- the details of "place", and related "facts" are not always pulled
- source later needs to be tagged to event - particularly odd as the source-linker did half the work, and normally completes this for you when any "vitals" are linked
- vitals tags need to be updated individually, as linking the source now manually completed without the S-L app.
- additional steps required saved the record to source box before it can be tagged in the event even if already in the sources tab; whereas all the vitals offer sources to tag from the source listed under source tab.
Creating Source-Linking Function for Occupation:
- the function already exists, as Residence, Probate and Baptism are pulled, although also dysfunctional:
- Residence falls under Events and the Source-Linker should then ask for standardised date, place and offer the description textbox, but doesn't
- Baptism somehow fall under "Other" not under "Christening" (updated to "Christening/Baptism"?) in "Vitals" and
- Probate falling under "Other" and "Custom Event" (a vague and unhelpful placement and descriptor but the placeholder itself appreciated and can be later modified by user, and hopefully improved in time by FS)
- S-L app should be available and fully functional for any details provided in the image record - such as middle names, or other persons mentioned in the record - allowing user to add fields for the Source-Linker to include
- In fact, all details provided in the image should be indexed ie considered valuable and not excluded by unsuitable template or unilateral dismissal as "unnecessary" or other irrelevant opinions.
- relates to Indexing Project for the same/similar reasons
Sometimes the key fact distinguishing one family from another is something small and perhaps overlooked; like Occupation. For example, after I lost my beautiful post yesterday, I went on a deep dive of all the FS sources and the sources of the FS sources, to (finally!) discover a small detail - my ancestor's middle name - which had not been included in the FS index. My sanity and years of time might have been saved had this been included from the outset.
An example of this in the Indexing Projects, is the records for SA Dutch-Reform churches, where Baptisms could have up to 8 people on record. In the Indexing Project the template only asks for 2 peoples' names and surnames, other than the principles' name and surname.
Technically, a button could be added so as to insert fields for the entry to accommodate additional details. Or several fields could be added to the general template, and simply filled as "Blank" where fewer persons are recorded.
For now, mentally, a Volunteer will likely guess which of the 8 to include and disregard the rest, or as I have seen in other cases, fill out only partial details like a single forename, but not the sex, or the location or the occupation
This is not only a waste of their effort, but will only cause trouble for every user who comes after, that needs those disregarded details to find and/or verify their ancestor. Or those who naively dismantle another's tree/hard work for lack of visibility of all the facts.