One of the most valuable parts of the old Family History Library Catalog was the ability to use the catalog as a geographic finding aid. Enhancements to the new catalog are being made to completely add that functionality to the new catalog. As stated in a blog post by Lynne C. VanWagenen entitled, "Two New Enhancements to the FamilySearch Catalog:"
These changes will improve the power of your search and increase the chances of finding exactly what you need. These enhancements include the following:You will need to look for some of these developments in the near future. Meanwhile you can see what the developments will look like from screenshots in the blog post.
- Place Look-up
Place Look-UpWhen you do a place search in the old catalog, you can see a list of places that match what you enter. This is useful in many situations, such as:
- The Related Places Feature Is Now in the New Catalog
- You know that a person was born in “Franklin,” but not which Franklin. Using this feature, you can at least see the possibilities.
- You have a record where you can read the first few letters of a place but not the rest, due to the handwriting or a great big smudge. You could use this feature to see a list of places that begin with those same letters.