Does FS ever publish a list of what it has indexed on its site?
El Californio *
Dear El Californio,
Yes, although it is a little bit hidden.
This brings you to a list of all the collections, including those with indexes. Those without indexes are labeled “Browse Images.” You can fine tune this list in a couple of ways. Use the Filter box on the left; type in the name of a country or state. To separate the indexed collections from the Browse-only collections, click the column header, Records. This sorts the collections according to the number of records, with the largest collections at the top.
There is a lag between when a collection is indexed and when it is published. I don’t know how long that is. Someone told me that if a project takes longer than 10 months, FamilySearch will go ahead and publish as much as has been completed. Have any of you noticed how long it has taken on a collection you have indexed?
Just because a collection is not indexed, don’t ignore it. Indexers are not able to keep up with FamilySearch’s acquisition of new records (and publication of vault microfilms), so there are plenty of valuable collections waiting for you to discover. Just because FamilySearch hasn’t indexed the collection, doesn’t mean the original clerk didn’t. Open up the collection and browse into the records. You often find photographs of an index that will give you the page number you need to find a record. Page numbers and image numbers don’t match however, so it takes a little bit of trial and error to find the page. See “Browsing an Image-Only Collection” for instructions.
The Ancestry Insider