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RecordSearch is a template[edit | edit source]

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It is used whenever you want to create a link to a specific Historical Records collection on FamilySearch.

  • It consists of three parameters.
    • Collection number
    • Name of Collection
    • To browse the collection

Linking to a specific collection[edit | edit source]

  • Enter the template coding in the usual manner with curly brackets, adding "RecordSearch" first: {{RecordSearch|collection #}}
  • Enter the collection number "collection #" after the pipe.
  • The collection number is found at the end of the URL when viewing the collection search screen on FamilySearch.org.
  • For example:
{{RecordSearch|1610550}}
  • This is how the template looks on the page:
  • Notice the little box with the arrow at the top right hand corner at the end of the link which indicates an external link.
  • Notice there is only one parameter "collection #".
  • Click on the link and it will take you to the collection search screen and will allow you to enter a name in the search fields.
  • When listing collections on Wiki pages, you should skip this option and do the, "Linking to a specific collection with a name" below, as it displays the name of the collection for the patron.

Linking to a specific collection with a name of the collection[edit | edit source]

  • Unless there is something in the text, you may not know what the collection is about because all you see is just a number.
  • The second parameter is a place to enter the collection name.
  • After the collection number, enter another pipe and copy and paste or type the collection name.
  • For example:
{{RecordSearch|1610550|England, Cheshire Nonconformist Church Records}}

or:

{{RecordSearch
|1610550
|England, Cheshire Nonconformist Church Records
}}

  • You can enter the template on one line or as shown above.
  • This is how the template looks on the page:

You will notice that the name of the collection appears but not the number of the collection. This link takes you to the search screen and will allow you to enter a name in the search fields.

Browsing for non-indexed collections[edit | edit source]

  • When you click on the above link, you go to the entire collection.
  • If the collection is not indexed and the images are browse-only or if you want to see how the images are arranged in an indexed collection, you add the next parameter "access=browse"
  • For example:
{{RecordSearch|1610550|England, Cheshire Nonconformist Church Records|access=browse}}

or:

{{RecordSearch
|1610550
|England, Cheshire Nonconformist Church Records
|access=browse
}}

  • This is how it looks on the page:
  • As you can see it looks like the link with just the first two parameters above.

This parameter allows you to see the images of the individual items if you want to search the record for yourself. This is a valuable option for collections not indexed.