Surprises in the Familysearch catalog

Another blog I follow regularly is “Townland of Origin” written by AncestryProGenealogist Joe Buggy. His May 7th posting tips us off about valuable digitized records that may be hiding in plain sight in the Familysearch catalog.

For example, one of Joe’s colleagues discovered wills from the Tuam (County Galway) probate district have been digitized and are available in the catalog. Subsequently, they found digitized wills from 11 of the 12 probate districts in the Republic of Ireland, generally from 1857-1900.

Other records found in a digitized format were Catholic parish registers from Gowran, County Kilkenny, and Irish Reproductive Loan Fund records. Watch for the camera icon indicating a digitized record set.

Buggy points out that Familysearch has a huge collection of microfilmed records and it’s likely other films have been digitized. He recommends queries to the Familysearch catalog as a mandatory step in family history research – and not just Irish.

Buggy’s posting includes helpful step-by-step illustrations to show us exactly how to structure a query. Read the May 7th article here: www.townlandoforigin.com/.

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