Saturday, January 28, 2012

FamilySearch: Questions from Myrt

Like Randy Seaver on Genea-Musings, Ol' Myrt here has been formulating her questions for FamilySearch. I'll be interviewing several top employees in the video booth during RootsTech 2012 and would like to include some of my DearREADERS questions. Here's what I have so far:

1. On your home page, can you promote "browsing" over "searching" at, There are a greater number of images that are not indexed than those indexed. A search for an ancestor by name won't return hits in those unindexed record groups and may lead people to believe you don't have relevant records.

2. Can you distinguish between "hard" source citations, and the link to citations in the FamilySearch Wiki? I simply don't like citations about the source of a record group being determined by those other than the FamilySearch team that pushed the record group through the pipeline. It is true that a link to the wiki is valuable so that users can provide additional information -- like "this set of scanned images is a lot clearer than those located at the " or "The two missing images from this collection are available at ..."  There should be a difference between well-crafted citations from FamilySearch and ancillary info provided by end users.

Ancillary "Providing necessary support to the primary activities or operation of an organization, institution, industry, or system."

3. THANK-YOU for adding the "Batch Number" search. In English parish record research, it is imperative to sort for others in the same IGI batch. Why? In a given locality there may be more than one church parish record group. However, typically a batch is for a single church. This is helpful for finding others by a common surname in the region but only in that same church.

What questions would you have Ol' Myrt ask of FamilySearch?

Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt     :)
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