1) Here is the updated home page:
The Search Boxhas two buttons - "Keyword" and "Name." Below the buttons are links for "Advanced," "Help," and"Browse Collections:"
2) If the user clicks on "Name" and"Advanced," the Advanced Search fields for a Name will appear. I put Martin and Carringer in the Name Search fields. Other fields are "Keywords," and a "Year Range." The user can narrow the search to records added in the last 1, 3, 6 months on one year, or search all records (the default):
3) I clicked on the orange "Search" icon (magnifying glass) button and a popup window came up with Search Hints. The user can watch a short presentation if they want to. If not, just click the X at the top right of the popup.
4) The biggest change and improvement (IMHO) is to the Results page:
There are three columns. The one on the left shows the list of Categories or Titles (different Tabs) with matches. The middle column shows a Timeline, the States involved, and Results type.
The right-hand column has the Search results - showing the record title, how the name is shown in the match, a thumbnail of the first page of the record, the number of pages in the document, annotations, etc. I really like this column - rather than show matches for a person on, say, 45 pages of his Revolutionary War Pension File, you see one link to the document.
5) I clicked on Martin Carringer's Revolutionary War Pension File title and saw:
This provides a larger view of the first page of the document and the film strip at the bottom. The user can magnify the image. If you determine that this is not a document you want to see, you can click on another match document in the column to the left.
If you click on the image icon on the Search Results page, or on the yellow"View Larger" button in the screen above, you obtain the typical Fold3.com image page, with the Source information in the left-hand panel (can be collapsed or expanded), the film strip at the bottom (can be collapsed or expanded), with the document page image in the right-hand panel.
I appreciate that Fold3.com has improved their search and their results page. I think that is is a significant improvement because it's easier to navigate and adds some new features.
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Copyright (c) 2012, Randall J. Seaver