Index catalog records to be sources
edited September 28, 2020 in Suggest an Idea
David Epperson Marshall said: add a way to transcribe or index names from catalog records. For example:https://www.familysearch.org/search/c... you can click on the camera to see the record, it has hundreds of pages and several wills containing families that aren't searchable as a source. It would be nice if there was a way to attach names, transcriptions, and/or dates to these records so they can be searched and attached to records
Jeff Wiseman said: Hi David!
I'm not quite sure I understand what you are saying. It sounds sort of like what the FS indexing program is already doing. Are you asking for index files to be created for all of these unindexed records?
The catalog more or less contains everything that FS has, both indexed and unindexed. The total collection is huge and only about 30% of it has been indexed so far. The current indexing program continues to pull batches out of the unindexed records there so that patrons can index them.
I believe if there are a bunch of unindexed records there that you could really benefit from them being indexed, I believe that there is a way to get your request onto the queue for records to be indexed, but even though the priority would be raised on those records, there are many others that have been requested already so it's a good possibility that you'll have to wait a while before they are completed.
Hope this addresses your suggestion.0
ATP said: David,
First, thanks, for the link, since I do sometime research in Albemarle County, VA.
If you already know the following, please disregard.
Second, you can attach a record from those sites that have a camera and you can easily find the record yourself using the index book which cites book and page(s) of the record, which you can then attach to the person(s) involved. As you can see, the index for the wills is the first, as it should be, record posted on camera and proceeds in chronological format through all the Will Books available for obtaining the actual Will of Record.
Since most all of research of original records I work with are in the Southern USA states, it is my experience that FS does not create index for individual wills and estate settlements, which might not be the case in other parts of the USA, so researching wills is like in the days of old, before computers, using the actual physical facilities and records, or hiring a researcher to do it for you, or using the FHC to order the microfilm records, wait until the film came in, and then, in which case, you still had to go through the above process.0
David Epperson Marshall said: I am aware that I can attach a source to sourcebox and manually attach it to a family, but as I've gone through it there have been plenty of people I couldn't find in family search that others might eventually want to search for and there are slaves. While the families of slaves aren't always provided often there are names and sometimes parents which would aid in that research.0
ATP said: Sorry, David, I should have been clearer and should have said that from the camera view, you can find and attach the record to the person(s) on familytree, itself, without having to go the Source Box.0
David Epperson Marshall said: yes but if the document is 800 pages, it'd be nice to just attach one page0
ATP said: Hi David,
There seems to be some problem with the order of the records in the way they were microfilmed in Albemarle County, VA records to which you linked and that might be causing the situation you're encountering, since a single record for an individual can be attached from the page on which it appears to same individual in the familytree.
If you would like I will see what I can do with those records if you will provide me with the PID of the person whose record you are looking for. But, as noted, the microfilmed records seem to be disordered, so not sure how successful I might be. If successful, I'll try to then explain how it was done.0