|Search result in Archives.com for John H. Ufkes in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America records obtained on 11 February 2014.|
The other search result for John Ufkes has a similar problem.
|Search result in Archives.com for John Hinr. Ufkes in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America records obtained on 11 February 2014.|
The way these records are incorrectly identified will have researchers indicating that people died in places they never lived and attended churches that may never even have existed.
While the images can at least be partially navigated manually (by moving back and forth through the images), there still are not any sort of "title card" images (such as appear on Family History Library microfilm) to assist the user in determining just what record is being used. The user has to take it on faith that the record has been referenced as being from the correct church.
Citing the image is not easy either.
In the case of the 1924 death of John Hinr. Ufkes, I cannot really use only page 332 of the funeral entries from the Immanuel Lutheran Church. One reason is that there's no image of the title page, cover, introductory material, etc. There's just the images from the book. In the case of the funeral entries, it is not even possible to page through all the funerals for this one church.
A citation has to clearly let the user know how the creator of the citation got to the record. In this case, I did not browse to find all the records of a specific church and then locate the funeral entries for 1924. I searched for a name and used that name to link to the actual church record. My citation to this record needs to indicate that:
- Archives.com indicates these records are from what I believe to be the Immanuel Lutheran Church near Basco, Hancock County, Illinois--even though the website indicates that the church records are from the American Lutheran Church in Carthage, Illinois. I probably should indicate why I think these are the Immanuel records.
- I searched for a John Ufkes who died in 1924 as my way to navigate to the records as that is the only way to get to the images for John that are shown in this post.