FamilySearch Catalog Keywords Search

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Introduction to the FamilySearch Catalog Gotoarrow.png Keywords Search

Do a Keywords Search if you cannot find an item with another search or if you do not know an exact place, author, title, or subject. This is particularly useful for locating records of European towns.

A Keywords Search looks for entries that contain the word(s) you typed by searching the following fields:

  • "Title"
  • "Author"
  • "Statement of Responsibility"
  • "Subjects"
  • "Series"
  • "Notes," including "Film Notes"

Steps to Search by Keywords[edit | edit source]

  1. Go to the FamilySearch Catalog.
  2. Click Places to close the Places Search.
  3. Click Keywords Search to open it.
  4. Type a word or phrase.
  5. Click Search.
  6. Click a title to see more detail.
  7. If there is a film of the record, click View Film Notes.

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How Do I Understand the Results of a Keywords Search?[edit | edit source]

  • A Keywords Search results in a list of titles in relevance-ranked order, which means that titles that most likely match your search appear higher on the list
  • If you can't find the record you want under one of the other searches, use the same words in searching by keyword.
  • If you do not find the catalog entry you want, you may want to modify your search by adding or deleting keywords.