Waypoints are markers in an image set that divide the records into logical chunks, making the collection easier to navigate. Robert Kehrer explains how to use image waypoints when browsing free record collections on FamilySearch.
TRANSCRIPT: FamilySearch-Navigating Image Waypoints
The first thing, we'll start with a simple one, which is navigating image waypoints. And the question is "What are waypoints? Why should I care about them?" Well, when you have a million images, that's a lot of images to look through. So our teams have broken those images into logical chunks.
And just like as you're driving down the freeway, you can tell where you are by looking at the mile markers or the names of the towns as they go by, in the image sets, you can tell where you are because the images are broken down by year or other ways. They let you drill down into a very large set of images, ignoring all of the ones that are not of interest to you. Usually these waypoints define the images based on where they're from, what kind of images they are, or when they were created. Let's take a quick example and look for the World War II draft registration for James Bedford Mehaffey, who I happen to know was from Virginia.
This is the main search page at FamilySearch. And as we go through the presentation, you'll notice the red highlighting. We don't use a lot of red on the website; I've introduced that into the presentation to draw your eye that way. One way that I can find that World War II draft registration for James is to drill down into all of the published collections.
I'm going to click on the Browse all published collections link, which takes me to a page where I get a list of all of the 2,194 collections of records that are currently published on FamilySearch. I can see which collections have images. If the camera icon looks like this, the images are on FamilySearch. If it has a little web page behind it, it means the images are on another website.
You'll notice that I'm told how many records, indexed records are in each set. And for those that have no indexed records, it just simply says "Browse Images." I can tell when the collection was last published. And a little-known fact is that these column headers are actually clickable. And if I click Records it will re-sort this, putting the ones with the most records at the top.
I also have the ability to filter through, because scrolling through 2,194 collections is quite tedious. I can filter those collections down by place, date, type of collection, etc.
I'm going to click on the Browse Images link. I find that the most important tool in getting to the collections most interesting to me is the "Filter by collection name." And so if I put in "World War II," it instantly filters those 2,000 collections down to just the 7 that match what I typed in.
Now, you'll notice there's two collections with images for World War II draft registration cards in 1942. One of those collections has 11 million records; the other one just says "Browse Images." I'm going to assume that I've already looked for James Mehaffey by doing a search, and that's the logical thing to do. If he was in there, that's the easiest way to find him, but I didn't find him in that. So my next step is to click the Browse Images link.
Every one of the 2,000 collections has a collection details page that defines the collection, gives you a description, gives you a citation. If it were indexed, there would be a search form here. But in this case it's not, so I just have a link to 11 million images.
There's also a Learn More link. If I want to know more about this collection, click that link. It'll take you over to the wiki, and you'll learn how to use it, what data is in this collection and how it was gathered, and a lot of other information.
Watch Robert Kehrer's full presentation, "Finding Elusive Records in FamilySearch" - http://goo.gl/fokbhU
Visit the FamilySearch website: https://www.familysearch.org