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I’m frustrated

Why is parish name not required in transcript?

I have been indexing Essex, England parish records. Why is there no provision to enter the parish name in these records? There are hundreds of parishes in Essex, and therefore no hope of ever finding the original entry if the parish is not listed. This makes the information almost useless to a researcher.
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    I raised this point a few months ago (Ref. https://getsatisfaction.com/familysea...). If you open this link you will see the responses. Of course, the film number reference you have to enter will help to cut the number of parishes to search, but this is still far from satisfactory.

    Incidentally, this applies to other projects too, including Norfolk, England. Here, events are often recorded against "Norwich, Norfolk, England" when the events took place far away from Norwich and not even in the Archdeaconry of Norwich, which covers a far wider area than the city itself.

    I believe the problem lies in that most people using Feedback (and Family Tree) have already gone as far as they can with their personal genealogy and seem more interested in enhancements to things like photograph features, so the serious issue of enhancements that will improve genealogical research are not given priority by the managers and developers of FS and FT. This includes not giving details of the actual changes when existing Historical Record collections have been updated. (All you get is an asterisk against the date of the alleged collection update.) Some of the solutions to these time-wasting issues seem to be so straightforward but, judging by the responses (or lack of them) to these problems, no one seems to bother.
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  • I’m still frustrated
    thanks Paul for your reply.
    I have also noticed the Norfolk records as being recorded as Norwich, Norfolk when the events are miles away. This is very confusing to a researcher, and easily leads to mistakes. It would have been just as easy for the transcriber to enter the parish name, rather than Norwich.

    The info regarding film no reference was most helpful. I hadn't thought of using that or that it would be useful in any way.

    I have a record I am interested in following up, but it has a digital folder number, instead of a film no or batch no. I can't find any more info about digital folders or use this number in a search, any ideas please?

    I think the problem lies with organisers/administrators being based in the US and not realising how big counties in England actually are!!
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  • Carole

    I thought I'd leave a further response for a while, in a hope that a FamilySearch employee might think this an important enough issue to warrant a reply.

    Sorry, I can't help with the digital folder issue - perhaps sending a direct message via Help might produce an answer, as you are unlikely to receive one through this medium, I'm afraid.
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  • I’m disillusioned
    Thanks Paul

    Browsing through other topics raised here, I get the feeling that no-one from Family search actually reads the postings! There are threads that have been running for years, with no input from FS. Some very valid and worth considering - I would have thought.

    FS seems all about targets at the expense of quality and content. Such a shame when the information is there and could be easily made available. Perhaps this would take away a revenue stream for the church, as no-one would need order the original films etc.

    I actually found another transcription (on FS) of the record I was interested in, which did give me the parish. I suppose one good thing about duplicate entries!
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