A question about how to handle changes in indexing. I view some online records of the Nova Scotia Canada provincial archives. They have digitized and transcribed and indexed the records but you can still read the original images. I cite the record as they have indexed it in my family tree "Fred Smith and Mary Jones married 6 May 1877 in Kings Co" plus the record book number, page and entry #.
See the search page at <a href="https://archives.novascotia.ca/vital-statistics/">archives.novascotia.ca/vital-statistics/</a>
My objective is that anyone following me be able to find the record I am referring to. The online search ONLY allows searching by names and place and date NOT by record book #, page or entry #. So yes, someone could find the record with the information in my citation. as long as the indexes are unchanged.
But the problem is that I see transcription errors in their index. And I send them corrections from time to time. I don't hear back to know if they agreed with me or not and made changes or not but I expect that some of my corrections would change the indexing - usually in the names of the people which is the primary search key given their search engine. And I don't know how to deal with that.
Maybe the record is now indexed under "Ferd Smith and Maria Jones on 8 May 1877 in Kings Co".
I have suggested to them several times that it ought to be possible to search by record type, record book # and page #. They almost always get that completely correct in their transcriptions, so that would be the most reliable way to find the record again. But that doesn't seem to be something they're interested in developing at the moment.
Any suggestions on how best to handle this?