Looking a gift horse in the mouth — digital images online

I’ve been working with FamilySearch digital images online and my conclusion is this:  if I want to do research on material in the film beyond a quick check of one item, I will order the film.

It is cumbersome to go back and forth; I have some trouble with pages not loading, especially after I’ve viewed several pages. If I happen to move my fingers wrong on the touch pad the screen moves.   Some pages aren’t in the correct order.

In the end, I tend to find what I want and not try to get much more information from the source — which is poor research technique.

I used to think microfilm was an unfriendly media, but to tell the truth, I think I prefer it to digital images on a viewer.

This problem is not limited to FamilySearch.  Some online viewers are better than others, but on the whole,  I can do more with the information if I have the film.

About barbsnow

Retired Librarian, active genealogist and grandmother.
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