Sunday, April 01, 2007

FHL Catalog Changes: image links & related website links

Can't sleep with Dad's pacing, so Ol' Myrt decided to write about "How you can contribute" to the world of genealogy by participating in FamilySearch Indexing. What I discovered is a big change in the Family History Library Catalog (FHLC) to include:

A. Links to the scanned images of original documents, totally search-able because of the FamilySearch Indexing Project

B. Links to related web pages

SAMPLE A: LINKS TO SCANNED IMAGES OFORIGINAL DOCUMENTS totally search-ablebecause of the FamilySearch Indexing Project

The results of this tremendous undertaking are beginning to appear on the internet. One method of access is through the FHLC at:

Normally researchers would go there to determine if the sought after records are available on microfilm.Because of changes to the FHLC so you won't have to order the microfilm, but can merely follow a link to the desired images. For instance:

By looking at the FHLC for "West Virginia" (without quotes) and then selecting "Vital Records - Index" one can see this description with a link to the indexed scanned images:

Microfilm of original records at the West Virginia Division of Culture and History (WVDCH) and the Vital Registration Office, West Virginia Division of Health, in Charleston, West Virginia.To search WVDCH images of statewide deaths 1917-1954 click (as of 21 Nov 2005).

For several years, certificates for stillborn children were not given a number, but the word "skip" was used instead of a number. These certificates are not listed in the index.

Certificates give certificate number, place of death, name of deceased, sex, color or race, marital status, age, occupation, birthplace, names of parents and their birthplaces, date of death, cause of death, date and place of burial, informant's name, name of attending physician, and place and length of residence.

Information is not always complete.

Some certificates are missing or out of order. Some certificate numbers are smeared, dark or written over and hard to read."

While doing research on King County, Washington ancestors, Ol' Myrt ran across an entry in the FHLC that included a link to the author's website, in this case the South King County Genealogical Society.

"Title: So King news
Author: South King County Genealogical Society (Kent, Washington)
Indexed in PERiodical Source Index (PERSI) under WASK.
Description based on: v. 12, no. 6 (July/August 1997).
For further information see website:
(as of 13 Mar 2007)."

The efforts of others are already showing up in the FHL Catalog. My next blog will explain how to sign up for FamilySearch Indexing to further this work and provide benefits to other researchers.
You've been LOOKING for a way to repay those who have gone before. FamilySearch Indexing is a wonderful thing to do while waiting for that next "unscanned" & "unindexed" microfilm to arrive!

Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt :)
DearMYRTLE,Your friend in genealogy.

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