I attended two vendor receptions Thursday evening. Translated, that means I’m a loser and failed to sign up for the evening BBQ before tickets sold out. But I digress…
The first was at the FamilySearch booth, to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the U.S. Civil War… And to encourage the enlistment of indexing volunteers. Hey, for an Enlisted badge and a chocolate-chip cookie, I’ll index another name or two.
Interestingly, the poster and matching flyer directed people to FamilySearch.org/CivilWar. I can’t get that address to work on my computer. Did you know some web addresses are case-sensitive and some are not? Apparently, this one is. If you really want to see the page, use FamilySearch.org/civilwar.
It’s a shame, really. FamilySearch appears to have spent some effort preparing the page, and not many attendees are likely to see it.
This type of page is called a “landing page.” FamilySearch is pretty new at landing pages so I thought it would be interesting to compare their page with Ancestry.com’s. I didn’t know where to find the Ancestry.com Civil War landing page, or even if they had one. But because of their purpose, their addresses have to be short and obvious.
Compare the two. Here’s what they look like above the fold. (See “Above the Fold.”)
I’m no graphic designer; all I know I learned from a day-course in designing slide presentations. Compare the use of color, white space, and contrast in the two. Which do you like better? I know which one I like.
With this landing page, FamilySearch for the first time provides a search form that searches a group of collections. Here, the landing page searches a number of Civil War record collections. From the numbers along the top of the search results, it is apparent the FamilySearch Civil War landing page searches these five collections:
- 1471019 – Civil War Pension Index Cards
- 1849624 – South Carolina, Civil War Confederate Service Records, 1861-1865
- 1852605 – United States, Navy Widows' Certificates, 1861-1910
- 1854310 – Arizona, Service Records of Confederate Soldiers of the Civil War, 1861-1863
- 1910717 – United States, Civil War Soldiers Index
I find it weird that these five aren’t the same five listed on the landing page. And neither list matches the list on the flyer given out at the reception.
All this aside, I love these new collections. I love getting more people “enlisted.” And I love chocolate chip cookies.