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I’m frustrated

Link film numbers to the catalog in databases.

I'm looking at the database Connecticut Deaths and Burials. It says that every entry has a source. So I found Anson Smith, died or buried in 1798 and the only thing resembling a source is a film number. BUT I CAN'T CLICK ON THAT! That's just extremely frustrating. So I have to write the number down, or copy and paste it into the catalog. WHAT A NUISANCE WHEN IT COULD BE SO SIMPLE.
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    I think this is a nice idea, and maybe I can add something from my experience. I am a 'show me' kind of person, so I like to see the record before I use it in my work. I have two records in Canada I would like to see, but only have the microfilm detail. If there was a way to link to the original record that would be helpful. I assume if we have the microfilm number, the record or at least roll of film can be found. This could almost be termed pre-indexing because you know a person is on a roll of film, but you still need to read through that film to see the information.

    Alternatively, if collections have been scanned but not indexed, it might be nice to just make them available to browse online. That could solve some distribution problems since they will all be electronic.

    This assumes that the roll has been electronically scanned already and is available to the public for free, but I would appreciate only needing to scan through a roll of film online, rather than wait in the mail and get dizzy from using a film reader.
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  • I like this idea, too. If my memory serves me right, the old familysearch site did treat the source film number as a hyperlink into the library catalog database. This made it so very easy to create a source reference in my family tree software.
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