How do I search using the world map in Historical Records?

If you know where your ancestor lived, you can use the world map to limit your search to the record collections from that place. This is a useful technique when a general search finds too many people from the wrong place or when you are looking for a person with a common name.

After you choose the place, you can also choose whether to search all of the collections or search only certain ones. For example, you might choose to search all of the census records.

Tip: There are two other ways to search for a specific place. You can search record collections by title or keyword. You can also view a list of all record collections and then filter that list by place. Links to instructions for both options are in the related articles, below.
 

Steps (website)

  1. While signed in to FamilySearch, click Search.
  2. Select Records.
  3. Under Research By Location, click a region on the world map.
  4. In the pop-up box, select a place—country, state, or province. A page listing all of the resources for this place appears:
    • Learning courses and wiki pages that can teach you how to do family history and genealogy research from that place.
    • Current indexing projects, if any are available.
    • Image-only Historical Records
    • Items listed in the FamilySearch Catalog
  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).
  1. 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.
  1. Tap Search Historical Records.
  2. Scroll down to the Research by Location section. 
  3. Tap an area on the world map, and then click a country, state, or province. On smaller screens, you do not see the map. Find the Research by Location, use the drop-down menus to select a region and subregion, and tap Go.
  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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