Catalog searches at FamilySearch

On 1 September 2017, FamilySearch stopped sending microfilm out to researchers at Family History Centers. Their goal is to complete digitizing their microfilm records by 2020. What are we to do in the meantime?

That question is answered by Shirleen Hoffman’s FamilySearch tips (Part 2), “Catalog Searches.”

In the following example she’s provided, we’re looking for Marriage Records in Wright County, Iowa.

Instead of clicking on “Records”, choose “Catalog.”

Place: United States, Iowa, Wright, and Keyword: Marriages. This is what you’ll see:

Screenshot (53)Look at Vital Records.

Screenshot (54)Great! An online index is available! And let’s assume we find the marriage record which took place between 1890-1930.

Screenshot (55)Make a note (or cut-and-paste) the film number (1392977). Enter the film number and “any” availability:Screenshot (61)

And here’s what we find:Screenshot (59)

The record we’re seeking has been digitized. But if it wasn’t already digitized, you’ll want to check back regularly – and you can quickly do so with the call number for the film.

Screenshot (58)Do some experimenting with the Family Search catalog. It will pay dividends.


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