Allow digitised microfilm of books to be available on FS Digital Library, and be searchable, even if
Allow digitised microfilm of books to be available on FS Digital Library, and be searchable, even if text is not available.
The following is one example with which I am familiar, but there must be many other publications in the same situation.
I refer to catalog entry
Genealogische en heraldische gedenkwaardigheden betreffende Europeanen op Java by P. C. Bloys van Treslong Prins. Dutch language, 4 volumes published 1934-1939
English translation of the title is Genealogical and heraldic memorabilia relating to Europeans in Java
The Cataloge entry indicates that Volume I-3 are digitised microfilm, which are however only available as microfilms (if you can locate a microfilm)
There is also a Volume 4, available if you are in the Library at Salt Lake City, as a CD
Bronnen voor Indisch genealogisch onderzoek
I would like to point out that these four volumes may be Searched on HathiTrust Digital Library, by all members of the general public, even though the text is not available unless you have suitable University access.
Similarly Google Books have two of the four volumes, Volumes 2 and 3 which may be Searched by members of the general public, even though the text is not available
If HathiTrust and Google Books are able to do this, why is FamilySearch not able to do this? Is it because Records (digitised microfilms) and the Digital Library are different areas within Family Search and do not talk to each other, or have compatible systems? If so, should not the systems be made compatible so that the end user the researcher may benefit? Surely FamilySearch should do what is possible to make records available?
What I have quoted above is only one example, I am sure there are many others.