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Monday, August 01, 2016

Does this FamilySearch Catalog entry point to the wrong digital images?

Ol' Myrt here is stuck in a viscous cycle and I'm not locating the marriage record I seek. Today's project involves working a nephew's Morgan family line. At we find an entry for the couple in question:

Joseph E. Morgan Gender: Male Age: 21 Birth Date: 1900 Marriage Date: 25 Aug 1921 Marriage Place: Ogden, Weber, Utah Spouse: Myrtle G. Baker, FHL Film Number: 1324667 Reference ID: cn 1749. I think the "cn" stands for certificate number.
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The next step is taken at FamilySearch, where I paste the FHL Film Number 1324667 into the film/fiche search box.

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Clicking to view the details of the microfilm search confirms I'm on the right track, because film #1324667 is part of a manuscript collection listed as Marriage Licenses (Weber County, Utah), 1887-1946 on forty-one 16mm microfilm available at the Family History Library and five other large libraries in my region. It would appear that the 1921 marriage CN 1749 would indeed appear on film 1324667 of this collection at the red arrow in the image below. I was thrilled to see the camera icon (red circle below) as opposed to the microfilm reel icon, which would require ordering (blue box below.)
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I wish to view no. 1601-1850 1902-1938 Family History Library United States & Canada Film 1324667 and look for certificate number 1749, BUT when I click the microfilm icon next to 1324667 (red circle above) to view the record online I am taken to Film # 004581876 instead. (See green circle below.) However, the second image in this group shows the number 1324667 (red arrow below.)
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Ol' Myrt decided to ignore the incorrect film number 004581876 (green arrow above), thinking that was the error. I slogged through to image 912 of 1522 to locate certificate number 1749, and it is for the wrong couple - Chas. E. Hale and Martha M. Dunn filed March 4, 1903. In fact, this collection of marriage licenses are mixed up, IMHO. Except for the "certificate number" order, one cannot see a date order, as one would expect certificate numbers to be issued. Nor are these in any sort of alpha order.

1. Report the problem to FamilySearch. I opened a case under "Get Help" at detailing the problem as I see it. It is called "Catalog points to wrong digital microfilm collection" and my case is 02652740. 

2. Question if the indexed entry at Ancestry was incorrect. Writing to most likely won't be answered. The record group doesn't appear to have a feedback button or an update/addendum option. With additional research, I feel the indexed entry was from FamilySearch.

3. Look for the indexed entry at The search results include the same information with the addition of a code for the Indexing Project (Batch) Number. This was from the old Name Extraction Program, the precursor to FamilySearch Indexing. This was from marriage records indexed in 1974, with at least two people and a possibly a supervisor eying the page. The clickable link to permit a search of the batch returned the following, with no image available (red question mark below.)

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4. Order the microfilm to see if it matches what is available online. Interestingly when I worked attempted this, the online ordering system informed me the film was available for online viewing:
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Of course, when Ol' Myrt here clicked the link "To view these records" I was taken to the same catalog entry mentioned earlier. I persevered, and ordered the film.

5. Contact the County Clerk at Weber County, Utah for the marriage entry.

I'll report on my progress when the film arrives. Errgh! Ol' Myrt here is spoiled by online images.

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