Lowell Deeds

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November 14, 2006

Search: In registry vs On the web

by @ 2:00 pm. Filed under Registry Ops

Anyone who has used the ACS computer system (now in place in 13 registries) both at a registry and on Internet knows that they are two very different systems. The in-registry version, for example, displays document images alongside indexing data. On the website, those things happen sequentially. In either place, it’s usually a good idea to start with a broad rather than a narrow search. For example, if you’re looking for documents in the name “John H Jones Jr” you should probably search “Jones, John” which will yield all combinations that include those two names. At the registry, the results will all show up on the same screen with “Jones, John” followed by “Jones, John H” followed by “Jones, John H Jr.” You just scroll down to see all the results. On the website, however, you see each of these names followed by a number indicating the number of documents in that particular set. Most people find the in-registry version much more user friendly. But with more of our users searching our records on the Internet, we’d like to find out what features or functionality that exist on the in-registry version should be added onto the website version. I’ll be working on this over the next few weeks, so if you have anything you’d like to contribute, please use the “contact us” button on the www.lowelldeeds.com site to send along your thoughts.

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