This was a very frustrating session for many of the attendees. The topic was FamilySearch Browse Only record collections, with the goal of introducing the attendees to finding ancestral records without a search engine.
Shirley got the students to go to FamilySearch, find a state with Probate Records, and then follow directions in an article created by Robert Ragan of Treasure Maps fame (which I can't find online now) that described how to search the Browse Only collections. Then...most of the attendees had comments like:
* "Where are the search fields?"
* "Do they expect me to look through 14 million images?"
* "How do I know which "book" to search?"
* "How do I find my ancestor's will?"
* "How do I make the record image larger?"
There is no search field to magically make a will or other record appear on your computer screen when you're in a FamilySearch Browse only record collection.
I helped two students understand the basic process (County > Index > Record Book > Record), and we searched New York probate indexes and will books for records, and were successful.
My guess is that 90 to 95% of all researchers are completely lost when faced with a Browse Only collection on FamilySearch.
I wrote a number of blog posts about this process for New York and Pennsylvania probate records in recent years, including:
* Step-by-Step Process for Accessing and Finding New York Probate Records on FamilySearch (posted 16 April 2014)
* Finding Genealogy Gems in the New York Probate Records on FamilySearch (8 April 2014)
* Finding James Vaux Probate Records in Erie County, New York (5 July 2012).
I've done similar searches in Pennsylvania for:
* Pennsylvania Probate Records on FamilySearch! (27 June 2012)