Indexing Project Instructions (generic or specific) need to be revised
I received this response to a case I had raised relating to records being indexed under the wrong project title:
"Thank you for contacting the FamilySearch support team. You are concerned that the Northumberland records include Durham records. If you look at the Project instructions you will see that it says
Index all birth, baptism, christening, marriage, death, and burial records, regardless of the county where the record originates.
Please also look at the article attached to this message or use: Where do I find the indexing project instructions?
We understand that calling it Northumberland is confusing but please index all records in this batch even if they are not from Northumberland."
(Bold text is my emphasis)
The respondent gained the incorrect impression that I was involved in indexing the batch, instead of being a researcher who had found errors in records that had already been put online. Regardless, I don't know if the instructions are general, or if specific to this particular collection, but the instruction to index records within a batch that are not applicable to that area is clearly ludicrous.
Many of the records (though not all) do not even have a parish name indexed, so one would surely be reasonable in believing records within a collection with the title "England, Northumberland Non-Conformist Church Records" would indeed relate to a (non-conformist) chapel in the county of Northumberland. But, no, some relate to Anglican parishes in County Durham - although I have just noticed that the Wiki page for the collection has now been updated to advise users of that fact.
When I have encountered similar situations in the past, I have assumed records had found their way into the wrong collection, then put online as part of that collection by accident, so I was shocked to find this has been an action connected to project instructions. Surely, FamilySearch should not persist with this practice and only publish project instructions that are in line with record serious indexing and genealogical research practices.