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PLEASE add function to enable MORE EFFICIENT SEARCH! (:

Hi there,
Could you please add a way for us to selectively search only new documents that are added to an existing collection.....For example...On the 17th of January, 37,758 files where added to the existing 'South Africa, Dutch Reformed Church Records (Stellenbosch Archive), 1690-2011' collection. It would be so much more time efficient to just search the new files than how it is currently setup which requires (re)searching the existing 496,315 documents with the 37,758 newly ones.
Thanks so much in advance for considering this improvement...And for all the fabulous work you guys are doing.
Sincerely,
Lesley
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  • I have been requesting a similar feature for a number of years now, but it seems FamilySearch does not have the resources to provide this.

    I have quoted the example of the Durham Records online website (https://www.durhamrecordsonline.com/), where the additional years / events and other details of material added to their indexed parish records are always shown when updated.

    It would save us a lot of time in searching for exactly what has been added, especially when the new records have not been indexed, but it seems FamilySearch does not have the staff to provide this detail to the public - even though there must be some sort of log of what has been uploaded.

    Very sad, but I don't think we'll be getting such an enhancement (or anything similar) any time soon.
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  • Thanks for your input and link Paul. Great site and example of how it could work. It really seems like such a logical improvement. I figured I couldn't be the only person out there wanting this.
    A thought...May they figure the current setup generates more site activity. For me though, this isn't the case. I'm initially delighted when I see the new records but then groan at the thought of the redundancy of wading through all the search results I've already gone through...And therefor just don't get to it. Site efficiency (how quickly a person can isolate what they're looking for) really equates to site success. Think Ebay and Amazon.
    Anyway, hopefully we can generate enough 'likes' on this thread for the powers that be at FS to take notice and move this improvement up on their 'to do' list.
    That said, I'm incredibly appreciative for all they have done as I would be nowhere with my research without this amazing site...And all (mostly) free.
    Thanks again for your input and link. It's helpful to see a site where the proposed improvement is working well.
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  • I'm another forum user. (Welcome, I see it's your first post)

    Just an idle question - doesn't the index handle that search for you? The FS wiki seems to indicate they are indexed. https://www.familysearch.org/wiki/en/...

    Search the Index
    Search by name by visiting the Collection Page.
    Fill in the search boxes on the Collection Page with the information you have
    Click Search to show possible matches
    View the Images
    View images in this collection by visiting the Browse Page

    I'm not sure how they could limit the search to newer image, but FS employees monitor this forum, so they may (or may not) respond.

    Try the search box (above right) and you might find some helpful answers,
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  • Thanks for the Welcome Robert.

    Regarding indexes, sometimes they are useful but not always. By way of an example, I searched for years to find my great grandmothers baptismal record. I knew she had to have been baptized and it would most certainly have been in an NGK (Dutch Reformed) church. I spent hours going through the above cited collection...Nothing. Well I finally did find her baptismal record on the following page https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3... (Aletta Sophia), in a Colesberg NGK Parish Register but for some reason it is not in the index.

    A lot of other records have no index. So the ability to search newly posted records, separate from the older ones, would really be a very useful timesaver.

    The link Paul provided shows one option of how they could create a way to just search newly posted data - Click on the 'New' posts, then see search. It enables one to just search the new items.

    They (FS) could also provide a drop down box that would sort according to 'most recently posted' items, much the same way one can sort feedback on Amazon.

    ...Or, highlight the last posts in red, until the next post.

    ...Or created a column showing the date an item was posted, preferably with the above mentioned dropdown box accompanying it. I'm sure there are other options though that shouldn't entail a massive amount of site re-engineering.

    Thanks again Robert for your detailed input.

    PS - I invite others to post their solutions.
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  • I’m I hope for an indicator
    I don't have a solution, but I do know that as field teams revisit repositories and digitize records that were previously restricted by law, that some collections are expanding.

    It would be nice to know what records are truly new as digitized images and what record sets have newly released digitized images. Right now, I do not believe there is any way to tell what has been added to and what is a complete "new add" to the collection.

    The collection can be viewed here: https://www.familysearch.org/search/c...

    And, once loaded, it can be sorted by date added/updated. But, as I said, there is no indicator (there needs to be one) that shows if a collection has been update or just added.

    In the meantime, the following articles may be helpful, but not specific to this issue.

    https://www.familysearch.org/ask/sale...

    https://www.familysearch.org/ask/sale...

    https://www.familysearch.org/ask/sale...

    https://www.familysearch.org/ask/sale...
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  • Thanks for waying in Tom.

    Interesting articles. (Will be requesting that several microfilms be digitized. Didn't know we could do that.) Have saved the links.
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