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PRO KewPRO Kew
16:03:03 09 August 2001
I am having great dfficulty in understanding the workings of the new PROCAT Search Catalogue at PRO Kew particularly in regards to Air 27 Squadron ORB's on microfilm.
I happen to know that the 7 Squadron ORB for 1942 is Air27/99 but if you enter 7 Squadron as a Search Keyword and AIR as a location this reference does not appear.
I can get into the AIR27 references by entering that in the top right hand corner but you start at No 1 Sqdn and have to go all the way through to find what you want and if its 460 Sqdn you have a long way to go.
Perhaps someone could put me right but surely a general search should bring up all files.
RE: PRO Kew
18:50:38 09 August 2001
without actually knowing the actual reason, I would say that not all file references are indexed yet (especially the ORB's).
Having said that, even if they were, PROCAT is a step backwards as it doesn't allow easy browsing of sequential entries like before.
RE: PRO Kew
19:44:10 09 August 2001
I'm glad i'm not the only one who thinks that the new catalogue is harder to browse,bring back the old one.