One of the very useful aspects of a web-site is when you get several datasets (or collections or whatever you want to call them) bundled together for one locality or topic. FindMyPast, for instance, bundles together a series of record sets for several counties - the Cheshire Collection, the Staffordshire Collection, etc. These were referred to as Special Collections
. Knowing what was in each Special Collection helped users see the potential of the record sets.
Originally the list of Special Collections and their contents was accessible from one of the front screens. Well, FMP have just done a minor revamp and that list has, too all intents and purposes, vanished
I submitted a support query asking what had happened to them and got the response:
It's certainly true that link brings up a page headed "Special collections". However, as I responded to them in turn:
Thank you for the link, which I shall keep. However - this somewhat misses the point. How on earth is anyone supposed to find this list of special collections?
The issue that FMP has, and has had since the 2014 revamp, is not so much the content as navigating a way through it. Or knowing that there is something there to look for.
Originally this list of collections was accessible from the initial search screen of a UK subs. No more. If this list cannot be found, then it is pointless.
So - here's the link if you want it. If anyone can find a way to access that list through the menu system (I can't - I can only access it via the link) then please let us all know. It could be that I'm missing an obvious link in which case I shall retire red-faced. (I'm on a UK only subs, by the way)
In the meantime, this feels like the response from the Vogon Constructor Fleet in Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy - the proposal to demolish the Earth was there - the fact that it was hidden away in the basement of an interstellar office block, didn't seem to matter.