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Please list Historical Records Collections in the FHL Catalog

As a researcher, I have noticed that the FHL catalog does not include the Historical Records Collection. It would be a great help to include the HRC into the catalog so the catalog reflects ALL the holdings of FamilySearch. Please consider it.
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  • Among the uploaded Historical Records images and indexes there are indeed many collections (not necessarily called that) which are not in the FHL, but which were acquired from myriad other sources.

    It is true that source data for some or many does leave something to be desired.

    Unfortunately the Wiki seems to be the main place to look for information about these, and the descriptions for a lot of "Collections" are very incomplete, even where some components of a "Collection" are actually in the FHL.

    This problem was discussed in the old Forums (discontinued about a year ago and subsequently removed), with no proposal adopted by the site policy makers.

    The idea of a FamilySearch Catalog with complete source descriptions really should be considered, even through this could be quite labor-intensive. One factor is that outside source-originators/owners can change their agreements with FS and have the images or indexes removed.
    • To your last point, each collection should be dealt with on a case by case basis. This is important content that needs to be organized into the catalog. The problem is - anyone "researching" could miss out completely on a very valuable source that is located on the FS website but not listed among the possible sources to go to. Research could be seriously thwarted for an individual if these HRC items are not included in the catalog.
      It seems like a "no brainer" to me.
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    An excellent suggestion! Yes, the Historical Record Collections should be regarded as "holdings", distinct from the documents from which they are derived, just as separate copies (books, microfilms, CD's) are now identified in the FHL catalogue.

    Taking this very logical step will have the effect of bringing the Historical Record Collections under the umbrella of trained cataloguers, provided they still exist within the FamilySearch organization. I see no reason why the Historical Record Collections should not be visible within the FHL catalogue, in the same way as all other holdings.

    One important function of the catalogue is to flag the existence of editions or copies of a source in multiple formats. If this is done well, the patron will understand whether two "holdings" have the same content, or whether they may differ. This is information that helps the patron decide which "holdings" need to be examined.

    Catalogues and inventories must be complete, otherwise they not reliable. This is the best idea I've heard in a long time.
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