Those using FamilySearch.org to find historical records can now enjoy a search experience that allows researchers to compare extracted indexes and the image the index came from in a single view, which results in fewer clicks and faster conclusions.
Indexes vs. Images
Volunteers have indexed billions of names from historical records that have been digitized and made available at FamilySearch.org. The indexing process makes key pieces of information from the original record searchable using modern technology, so researchers can find a record based on name, date, location, relationships, and other key pieces of information. While these indexes are invaluable, those reviewing records must still compare the index with the digitized image to ensure the index is accurate and to discover additional information that was not indexed. Prior to this new improvement, the indexed information and the actual digital image were only found on separate web pages. This meant that comparing the two versions of information required navigating back and forth between the index and the image or opening up multiple tabs or browser sessions to compare the pages side by side.
Now, the new hybrid record view makes the information that was indexed from an historical record visible when reviewing the digitized image of the record. This is achieved by creating a split pane, where the index appears below the image.
This new hybrid view of the historical record provides the person viewing the image flexibility for viewing both the image and the indexed information. The capability to zoom and move the image to focus on key details is preserved in the new experience. The indexed information is added in a scroll-able pane immediately below the image, allowing for easy comparison.