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Sunday, November 15, 2009

New collections in Record Search go into Wiki FamilySearch -- sort of

Record Search added a new collection of Massachusetts Marriage Records from 1842 to 1915. The collection is presently (November 15, 2009) only 19% complete. The collection includes the name index and images of Massachusetts statewide marriage registers. The marriage registers are in numbered volumes arranged by year then by individual town. Currently only marriages for the years 1906-1915 are available.

Now here is an interesting problem. When you view the record search screen, there is a link to "About this Collection." Clicking on that link takes you to a page in the Wiki FamilySearch. That is the good news because the Wiki page has a lot more information about the collection including the sources of information. However, if you go directly to the Wiki FamilySearch Website, and click on the link to the United States, then to Massachusetts, you can search the Massachusetts page in vain for any reference or link to the newly added collection and its link in the Wiki. Apparently, the Massachusetts reference page is an orphan.

It looks like there are going to be a lot more orphans in Wiki FamilySearch shortly, as long as the new pages are added without any links from the parent pages for the state or country.

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