The Notes and Film/Digital Notes sections of a catalog entry provide details about record content and format. If the item is printed material, you see a Copies section instead of Film/Digital Notes.
The Notes section is near the top of a catalog entry and can contain this information:
- The origin and description of the record
- The language of the records
- The format of the record
- A notice in red if the item is available online, with a link to the digital version.
- If the original record includes an index
- For multi-volume works, which volumes the library owns.
- A link to WorldCat for items in book form
The Film/Digital Notes field can contain this information:
- Note—the record type, date range, volume numbers
- Location and Collection or Shelf—the location of the item in the Family History Library
- Off-site storage means that the item is in storage away from the library for various reasons. We cannot retrieve off-site storage books for public use.
- On loan means that the item is out of the library temporarily.
- Film— a microfilm or microfiche number with or without an item number
- When you click to view images, it always opens at Item 1. To find the specific Item number of interest, navigate through the thumbnail images.
- DGS—the number for digital images
- Format—icons to indicate ways to view a record
- Magnifying glass allows you to search a complete or partial index. If any portion of the film is indexed, you see the icon.
- Camera allows you to browse digitized images.
- Camera with a key explains viewing restrictions.
- Film reel indicates that FamilySearch has a physical version of the material—a microfilm or microfiche. We lack a digital version or the record custodian denies user access to the digital images.
- No icon means FamilySearch lacks a physical copy and the record custodian denies user access to the digital images.