When records have been extracted and indexed, but the images are not available online, how can I find out more information about how the index was made, and what fields were on the original records?
I am researching a death in College Point, Queens, in 1897 (before the 1898 consolidation of the boroughs into greater New York City). I have a record which appears on FamlySearch.org as part of a B-batch in the New York-EASy records, indexed as part of the collection "New York Deaths and Burials, 1795-1952". There is a film number, but no image.
Indexing Project (Batch) Number: B59629-7 System Origin: New York-EASy GS Film number: 1376367 Reference ID: rn729
Could the "rn" in the reference ID be 'register number'?
Cross-checking with the catalog tab on Family Search, I can see how to order film 1376367, but what is this reference ID? It is not in the same format as the certificate numbers from his mother and aunt's deaths in post-consolidation NYC, but that could be an artifact of the change from records that were kept in each borough versus a consolidated system for NYC as a whole.
How can I find out more information about the EASy batches, and determine what this reference ID might be?
Edited to add what I've discovered so far via catalog search:
Looking the records up in the catalog, film number 1376367 consists of multiple items. To get College Point, what I need is this item: Record of births and deaths, 1881-1898 / Flushing (New York). The film notes say:
Index to village of College Point deaths Angerine - Zwiecke 1889-1897 - FHL US/CAN Film [ 1378869 Item 2 ]
and the notes section says:
Microfilm of original records at the Municipal Archives, New York, New York. Includes registers from the town of Flushing, 1881-1898; the village of Flushing, 1889-1898; the village of Richmond Hill, 1895-1897; the village of College Point, 1889-1897; the village of Whitestone, 1889-1897; the village of Rockaway, 1897-1898; and the village of Far Rockaway, 1889-1897.
So this does tell me the kind of record (registers, not certificates) that will be seen on the microfilm, and the provenance, and that there is an index on the microfilm as well. What I don't know yet are the fields, i.e., the column headings in the College Point registers. I'll revisit some of the personal sites about Queens genealogy that I've bookmarked, the New York Public Library, the Queens Public Library, the State Archives, etc. to see if I can find an answer.