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#1 Michael Cassara

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Posted 16 December 2015 - 09:08 AM

Posting this here instead of the Wish List forum since it involves FamilySearch integration.


I just noticed a lightbulb for an elusive cousin.  It led to a FamilySearch clue for the NARA A-File index, which has been added to FamilySearch.  Finding this record is a huge research help.


It got me to thinking...  it would be an amazing feature if we were somehow able to do an automated (RM) database search for a specific FamilySearch database.


In other words, if I could isolate a specific FamilySearch database (in this case, https://familysearch...ection/2540918)and query RM to return a list of anyone in my RM database who has a possible record match in that particular FamilySearch database, it could lead to major specific discoveries.  With the collection in question (NARA A-Files from the 1940s onward) being able to have a list of all matches in my database (instead of having to discover them manually) would be a major win.  That said, it could also be useful to, say, search for any matches in the 1880 census (and/or any matches in the 1880 census that are not already sourced, as such).  


I realize that this level of automation is next-level stuff, but it really seems to be where research apps are heading and it would be a big breakthrough on many levels, I think.  Thanks for the consideration!

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#2 Renee Zamora

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Posted 16 December 2015 - 01:21 PM

I'm actually move this back to the Wish List because it's a WebHint request and not part of the FamlySearch Tools in RootsMagic.  


I am confirming this enhancement request is in our tracking system. 


For now if I wanted to focus on people that maybe found in a particular database I would create a group of people matching the criteria to be in that database. Then go through each of them to see if a WebHint appears. Once I have checked them I would use QuickGroups to remove them from the list.