Searching at FamilySearch

My genealogy friends are very generous in sharing tips and advice.

Shirleen Hoffman, current registrar of my DAR chapter, not only told us about the best way to query FamilySearch, she took the time to create examples with screen shots.

This posting is PART I — TO DO A RECORD SEARCH

Most of us routinely do a record search by filling in the “Search Historical Records” field.

However we may be missing important facts!

Browse all published collections (by following the arrow to the lower right of the Records screen):

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 When we browse, we find 2221 Historical Record collections on FamilySearch:

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In this example, we’ll specify ILLINOIS Birth, Marriage & Death collections:

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The result showes we can browse images for Illinois Cemetery Transcriptions because they’re online at FamilySearch.

While it may seem daunting to browse a large number of images, the records are generally well-organized and easy to review.

Some images in this example, such as Cook County Deaths/Marriages/Birth Certificates, are available on a partner site.


Part 2 of Shirleen’s FamilySearch tips will be posted in the next day or so.

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