FamilySearch is beta testing a new interface for the Family History Library catalog. You can try it out on the FamilySearch beta site and provide feedback using the orange Feedback tab on the right.
The Family History Library (FHL) is the largest genealogy collection in the United States. Some of its resources are accessible online through FamilySearch.org, and you can borrow microfilmed records by visiting an FHL branch Family History Center (FHC).
Here’s the beta catalog search screen:
You’ll like how you click less when you search: Instead of a separate search page for each type of search, you can select the type of search (place name, last name, title, keyword, etc.) you want from a dropdown menu and type in your search terms.
Library holdings matching your search results are displayed in a list, like this:
Filters to the left of the list let you break down results by category (such as birth, marriage and death records; census and voter lists, family trees, military records, etc.), place, availability (online items, or items available from the FHL or FHCs) or language.
All the record information for an item is on one page. Here’s an example:
The title, author, publisher and other basic information is first, followed by “Notes” (a description of the item), the library subjects the item is associated with, then the film notes. (In the current catalog, a link takes you to the film notes—a list of all the microfilm reels in a series and what’s on them—on a separate page.)
That can make for a long catalog page, depending on the item. Some indexing links at the top of the page, so you can jump down to the subjects, film notes etc., would be helpful.
Resources on how to use FamilySearch, from Family Tree Magazine:
- FamilySearch Essentials: How to Access Records from 100 Countries Without Leaving Town webinar recording, available from Family Tree Shop