I was poking around in the online catalog on FamilySearch the other night and stumbled across something so simple, yet so brilliant, I couldn’t believe my eyes.
I went to the FamilySearch Catalog like I normally do, did a search for Lafayette County in Wisconsin (trying to unpuzzle the Slowey/McCabe connection I wrote about earlier). I plugged in the place name and got a list of subjects returned. When I started clicking the subjects to open them up to see the various materials, I found this:
What is it, you ask? Well, it’s a new (easy) way to keep a list of the materials you need to request from the Family History Library in Salt Lake City! You just have to click “Add” to put it on your list. If you click through to see the details about each item, there’s a big blue “Add to Print List” button there too.
This should make planning a research trip SO much easier! Once you’ve added items to the list, you can print it. You can add microfilm, books, or any other item in the catalog to this list (the microfilm don’t have call numbers – not sure why they don’t include the reel numbers or anything for those). This is what it looks like:
Okay … now here’s the best part. Are you sitting down? Okay. If you print your list to a PDF, you get ACTIVE links to your items. You heard me. So you can print to a PDF, take your list with you on your tablet or smartphone or whatever, and click on your items so you can remember why you requested it in the first place (I’ve heard of people forgetting this tidbit of information, but I can’t attest to it personally, you understand).
This should make it that much easier to keep a research log (in theory). It will probably be a while before I actually get to Salt Lake City, but I’m going to start making my list right now.
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