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FamilySearch Location Page Enhancement Released

The search team has released an update to the very popular Location pages accessible under the world map on the main Search page.

The Location pages are intended to bring together all the various content that FamilySearch has around it's website pertaining to a single country. On these pages you will find the following:
1) A Country Specific Search Form that will search all the indexed records for that country.
You can see all the countries collection, search all of them, or multi-select just the ones that you would like to search.
2) A list of all the unindexed image-only collections for that country.
Each collection is annotated with the number of images and provides a link to begin looking at the collection's images.
3) A list of all the FamilySearch Catalog resources in FamilySearch's holdings relating to that country
For over 120 years FamilySearch has been gathering maps, books, microfilm, journals, digital images and indexed records and much much more. All is listed in the FS Catalog.
4) Link to the Learning Center Research Courses
This is a location where you can access educational content about how to research, read handwritten records, etc etc in the country. Many of these courses have slides, video, audio, and or handouts and most are produced by highly skilled researchers both inside and outside Familysearch.
5) Link to the Familysearch Research Wiki for the country
The wiki will have tremendous information about all genealogical and historical aspects of the country and is a "MUST VISIT" destination for anyone beginning research in a new country.

We hope you like the new page.

-Robert Kehrer
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  • At one time, I made extensive use of the map to start my search of historical records. I applaud this new approach, but have to ask if entering the basic location information on the left search details will be equivalent to using the map?

    For instance, if I enter Ireland and County Antrim, along with the surname I am looking for, will I have a way to access the Location Pages? Or will I need to click on the British Isles and then select Ireland as is the case now?
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  • This seems a good initiative.

    I looked at India, a country of interest.

    When I looked at the heading "Catalog Material Available Online" I thought it was a link to material which was online, however it was not exclusively material online, as books in the Family History Library, not digitised are included. Rather it is the catalog which is online, so I found the title misleading.

    I would prefer wording such as Catalog. Some material is online.

    Also I am not sure how the category filter is supposed to work. When I selected a specific category, the display of records was exactly the same as for All Categories.

    Also there was no link I could see to Learning Center Research Courses . Perhaps there are no specific sources for India, but in this case a general link may be of benefit.

    Also under Sri Lank there was an entry for Colombia, Bogata. under category Migration
    https://www.familysearch.org/search/c...
    Not too sure how your search works? Mismatch for Colombo Sri Lanka, but search should be more accurate than this?
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  • One thing that I think would be of benefit to those who are intermittent users of the FS website is under a Location page's "Catalog Material" Filter by Category/All Categories, is to have the first category Online.

    If you are familiar with the website, you can click on, in any of the categories, "Show All", and then click on the filter Availability/ Online, but this option is down towards the bottom on the webpage, and if you aren't so familiar with the website you may miss it.

    Most people these days seem interested in online availability, so put the Online category at the top of the Category options, or better still have a separate item for Catalog Material Available Online.
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