Today’s tip is about the inelegantly named “Standard Finder” that’s currently in development in the labs at Familysearch.org. For those of us doing research in Europe (and other locations) where the borders changed frequently and place names were transliterated between different languages, the Standard Finder is a potentially great resource. It should help simplify how you do place name search in the Family History Library Catalog by providing a list of the standardized entries for place names in the catalog.
If you’ve heard my talk on organizing your family history research, you know that I’m a big fan of controlled vocabulary (i.e., stating something the same way each time) and authority files (keeping lists of what those standardized place and surnames are).
For example, when researching my Kirschstein line, I found a Hamburg departure record saying my great-grandfather Bruno left from Rawitsch, Prussia. Today that’s Raciwz, Poland, as a quick Google […]