FamilyLink.com, Inc. has teamed with FamilySearch to improve the user experience of the Family History Library Catalog for millions of people worldwide by adding new Web 2.0 functionality and enhancements. The improvements will also make research more efficient by directing users to the information that will generate the quickest results.
FamilyLink.com's improvements to the catalog will make it searchable by major online search engines and allow users to annotate item descriptions, increasing their accuracy and enriching the content.
Genealogists use the popular online catalog to see if FamilySearch has any material that can help them in their research. Materials are then requested through one of FamilySearch's 4,500 local family history centers worldwide.
"The enhancements FamilyLink.com will help make to the Family History Library Catalog will increase its usability and exposure. Beginners will find it particularly easier to navigate," said Paul Nauta, manager of public affairs at FamilySearch.
Accessing the Family History Library Catalog through online search engines means Web searches done by millions of family history enthusiasts who might not have been familiar with the rich content of the catalog will now discover new sources to assist them in their research.
FamilyLink.com will also add an annotation feature, encouraging users to contribute and make the catalog much more dynamic and current. Users will be able to add or suggest a new source, enhance an existing source by adding a place (location) or a time period, and rate and review a source based on its usefulness.
Every entry in the catalog will also link to an online or digital source, if available. The user will then be able to link directly to the publisher, buy the book, or search for the nearest copy.