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For Browse-Only Option, give Microfilm Numbers not DF Numbers so we can see what is being browsed

Since we can not look up Digital Folder Numbers to see ~what~ is being browsed, at least give microfilm numbers.

For the Kentucky County Marriages 1797-1954 database, only the DFNs are given. Since they could stand for anything at all, and the pages take forever to load, the numbers are useless as a guide to browsing within the collection.

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  • BJ (Assistant Stake Indexing Director) November 19, 2011 08:32
    Jade, I have discovered these are actual film numbers...so you can click on Catalog, click the down arrow under Search, select Film numbers, enter the number 281846, click search and then click on the marriage records.

    This is a link to the instructions if you need them... https://help.familysearch.org/publish...

    Hope this helps
    • Thank you for your reply.

      The link, a helpful guide to film ordering, does not mention Digital Folder Numbers. It does not say how to determine the contents of a Digital Folder when the DFN is all that is provided. I have not been able to figure out how to locate a FHL Catalog entry when only the DFN is given.

      I have tried before to search the FHL Catalog for DFNs with no results.

      I just tried searching for the DFN for another database collection and got no results from the FHL Catalog search.

      It would have been helpful if the numbers in the browse-list were correctly identified. If they are not DFNs they can be searched for in the FHL Catalog.

      Some browse-only collections give only a choice among columns and columns of numbers called Digital Folder Numbers. This makes browsability a non-funny joke.

      Thank you for your help.
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  • Actually these aren't film numbers, they are DGS numbers. If you want the film numbers, go to the first image for each of the waypoints (the 000... numbers). For these particular records the film number is handwritten there. Image number 4 or 5 of these waypoints has a page with the information about the county these records are from. Then if you decide to order the films, follow BJ's instructions.

    If you decide to jump around in the films, remember that the way to do that has changed slightly. If you enter, say #125 in the image number box, be sure to click enter. If you don't it will just take you to the next image.

    Good luck.
    • Thank you for your reply.

      What I want is some way to identify whether the database has material from a desired specific locality (say, Bourbon County) for a specific time frame (say, 1796-1810). It is pointless randomly to click on Digital Folder Numbers.

      Okay, so I click randomly on one of the Digital Folder Numbers (as identified on the page), wait 8 to 12 minutes for the viewer to load with the first image, write down the microfilm number, then go back to the search-records page (wait at least 4 minutes for it to load), click on "Catalog" and search for the film number, assuming that the search engine is working at that time (right now it is not).

      OR after the first image loads, try the 4th image, wait at least 5 minutes for it to load, and if lucky the County ID will appear (if not lucky, try image #5 and wait again).

      Great way to make it difficult to browse for a desired locality. It would take a minimum of 15 minutes for each number to determine whether the loaded images would be useful to look at.

      Some of these "browse only" listings have columns and columns of the Digital Folder Numbers.

      How hard would it be for one tech person to go through these series and enter the County ID with dates? This service by one person would save countless hours of many other searchers.
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  • I agree with you. It is frustrating and time consuming. Why don't you go to FamilySearch.org and post the above information in a place where I understand that the engineers read and monitor suggestions. Go to FamilySearch.org > HELP (in the top right corner) > Feedback (blue menu on right) > Share your Ideas.
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