FamilySearch Historical Record Collections

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FamilySearch Historical Records provide online access to indexes and digital images of records held by FamilySearch. The collections can be accessed from the FamilySearch homepage or directly at Historical Record Collections. New collections are being uploaded as quickly as the records are digitized and indexed.

Searching the Indexed Records

From the 'Search' section on the main screen you can find all collections available. You can search by life events, relationship or by film batch number.

Each search option has a box alongside it, which, if selected, will mean that only records that match this term exactly being listed in the results. Select the option 'Match All Exactly' next to the blue Search button if you want to select 'Exact' for all search parameters. You will want to experiment with these different search options to see the different results. There is no Soundex search available.

For a more complete list of "search" features/parameters for searching the databases in, review the article, Eleven Powerful "Search" Features of the Search Engine.

Collection Descriptions

For each collection, there is a brief collection Description, as well as a link titled "Learn More" which links to further information about the collection on the Research Wiki. Collections descriptions on the Research Wiki are signified by "(FamilySearch Historical Records)" at the end of the title. Additional information about the collections may also be found in the Wiki articles listed under the "Related Wiki Articles" heading.

Locating the Latest Updates

The updated records are posted directly to the Historical Record Collections as they are released online. To see the latest records released, click on the column heading the last updated date. The column will then sort according to the update date with the newest records on top of the list.

Check back often to see if the newly added records can help you find the ancestral information you may be needing at the time!

Volunteer to Index

FamilySearch invites everyone to volunteer in indexing the digitized records so that the sources can be made available free online more quickly. Learn more about the FamilySearch Indexing project at You can also see there a quick reference to the collections being added to in the future.


For more information on the Historical Records Collection check the Blog. You can also use the link at the bottom of the startup page of