How do I search historical records by place or by using the world map?

On the Search Historical Records page, is a Search by Place section. Use this option to see tools and resources specific to a place. After you enter a place, the system takes you to a research page for the country, state, or province. The research page includes these items:

  • A link to a wiki page for the place.
  • Learning Courses
  • Indexed Historical Records
  • Current Indexing Projects
  • Image-Only Historical Records
  • Catalog Material

Before you start

Be aware of the limitations of the Search by Place feature:

  • United States, Canada, and Mexico allow you to filter to the state or province level.
  • All other countries present records on the country level.

To find local records, use other search tools on FamilySearch.

Steps (website)

  1. Sign into FamilySearch.org
  2. At the top of the page, click Search
  3. Click Records.
  4. Under Search by Place, do one of the following:
    • In the field, enter the name of the place you are looking for.
    • To select a place from a map, click Browse Places. Click an area on the map and then click the specific place from the right panel.
  5. Enter your search terms.
  6. Select the collections that you want to search:
    • To search all collections at once, leave all check boxes blank.
    • To filter your search, click the check box next to the name of each collection that you want to search. (Click Show all to see the complete list).
  7. Click Search.

Steps (mobile app)

  1. In the Family Tree mobile app, display the additional options:
    • Android: At the top-left of the screen, tap the 3 lines.
    • Apple iOS: At the bottom-right of the screen, tap the 3 dots.
  2. Tap Search Historical Records.
  3. Scroll down to Search by Place
    1. In the search box, enter a country, province, or state.
    2. Tap Browse Places and tap a part of the world or a specific place on the right.
  4. Enter your search terms.
  5. Select the collections that you want to search:
    • To search all collections at once, leave all check boxes blank.
    • To filter your search, tap the check box next to the name of each collection that you want to search. (To see the complete list, click Show All).
  6. Tap Search.

Steps (Family Tree Lite)

Currently, the Historical Records feature is not available on Family Tree Lite. 

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