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Are new collections being added to Pilot as announced in the Indexing Update?

Today, October 19th, 2010, I received the most recent Family Search Indexing Update. Under Recently Completed Projects was this statement, "(Note: Recently completed projects have been removed from the available online indexing batches and will no go through a final completion check process. These projects will be searchable onlline at pilot.familysearch.org in the near future.)"

Is this true? I hope so, but I have read on this site that new collections are only being added to Beta. If it is not true shouldn't the right hand know what the left hand is doing?



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  • Jim,

    It does appear that all parties are being informated with the same information.

    The Pilot Site will be phased out as we try to unite all of our Historical Records onto one FamilySearch web site. Here is qoute from our engineers: "As part of this process, we have now published all of the collections formerly found on Record Search pilot onto the FamilySearch beta test site at http:// beta.familysearch.org .

    As collections are uploaded to the beta site, they are being removed from Record Search. We expect that the Record Search site will be completely closed inwith in the next six months. An announcement about closure will be posted on the Record Search site.

    Enhancements to the search engine on Beta will continue in the future but no further enhancements will be made to Record Search. If you have enhancement requests or comments about the beta site, please leave comments in the Feedback section there, rather than in Record Search."

    We are glad that you are using our sites and encourage you to give us any of your feedback, suggestions or comments. This will enable us to deliver a better website.
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  • Patricia, I don't understand your answer. The Indexing Update says that the new collections will be added to Pilot which is Record Search. The quote you provided says just the opposite -- that they would be added to Beta and not Record Search.
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  • That is correct - all new collections added only to Beta.
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  • Jim,

    Thanks for bringing this to our attention. It was an inadvertent process error and the stray wiki page that was used in the screen shot has had the URL updated.

    We will not be adding any additional collections to RecordSearch. We will be investing our time adding features that I hope will make you glad the new records are going into beta.

    I'm leaving it up to the indexing team to decide if/how they will inform their newsletter recipients of the misinformation.

    -R
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