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Part 1 - FamilySearch Wiki Sources

In the last decade, there has been a literal explosion in the availability of online genealogy records. This article will explain methods for locating online records using the FamilySearch Wiki.

  • For online records on FamilySearch Historical Records and the FamilySearch Library, see Part Two.
  • For online digitized books, see Part Three.
  • For internet searches for online records, see Part Four.

Warning Tips

Complete or incomplete?

In some cases, the database shows a complete copy of all the existing or known records in a collection. However, in many cases

  • 1) the collection is still being digitized and uploaded. The uploading is a work in progress.
  • 2) the collection is fully digitized, but only partially indexed. The index is a work in progress.
  • 3) the original collection is still being gathered and will eventually be digitized, uploaded, and indexed. The collection is a work in progress.

It is important to read any descriptive notes about the collection. If it is incomplete, you will want to study the source again from time to time until you can determine that the project is finished.

Index, index and images, images only?

Some databases show digitized copies of original documents. Some databases are indexes of genealogical data found in documents. Some databases have indexed a collection of documents and linked the index entry to the digitized image of the document named. Warning! Every time information is copied into an index, abstract, or extract there is a chance of human error. An index may speed up location of a desired record. However, if the indexer misread or mistyped an entry, dependence on an index can result in missing a valuable record or greater details found in an original record. Always study the original source. Look at the digitized copy linked by the index. Browse the original source in the appropriate time period or section where you would expect to find your record, whenever possible.

FamilySearch Wiki Links to Online Records

Online Genealogy Records Pages of the Wiki

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The FamilySearch Wiki has collected and published lists of online records for state of the U.S., British counties, Canadian provinces, Australian states, and over other 100 countries. The lists are maintained and updated regularly. To find these lists, look in the left sidebar of the Wiki and click on "Online Genealogy Records."
  • From the main page for a locality, these blue buttons will take you to the Online Genealogy Records page.

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Online Genealogy Records pages only list databases that cover the entire state or country. Databases are also sometimes available that cover just a county, city, or parish. The rest of this article will help you find these smaller databases.

FamilySearch Wiki Locality Pages

Star pix.png Most online sources for countries, U.S. states, English counties, Canadian provinces, and Australia states, are listed in the Online Genealogy Record pages linked above in the left sidebar. At least, a serious effort is made to keep those pages current. However, online databases for lower jurisdictions, U.S. counties and towns, English towns and parishes, European provinces and states, and Latin American are not included in the Online Genealogy Records pages. They are frequently listed and explained in the FamilySearch Wiki pages for these lower jurisdictions. For example, here is a portion of the page for the county (kreis) of Bergstrasse in the state of Hessen, Germany. It gives links to an online database of births, marriages, and deaths from 1876 for this small locality: Hessen sample frames.png


Part 2 - FamilySearch Historical Records and the Family History Library

In the last decade, there has been a literal explosion in the availability of online genealogy records. This article will explain methods for locating online records in Family Historical Records and the Family History Library.

  • For using the FamilySearch Wiki to find online records, see Part One.
  • For online digitized books, see Part Three.
  • For internet searches for online records, see Part Four.

Warning Tips

First, here are some warnings to consider.

Complete or incomplete?

In some cases, the database shows a complete copy of all the existing or known records in a collection. However, in many cases

  • 1) the collection is still being digitized and uploaded. The uploading is a work in progress.
  • 2) the collection is fully digitized, but only partially indexed. The index is a work in progress.
  • 3) the original collection is still being gathered and will eventually be digitized, uploaded, and indexed. The collection is a work in progress.

It is important to read any descriptive notes about the collection. If it is incomplete, you will want to study the source again from time to time until you can determine that the project is finished.

Index, index and images, images only?

Some databases show digitized copies of original documents. Some databases are indexes of genealogical data found in documents. Some databases have indexed a collection of documents and linked the index entry to the digitized image of the document named. Warning! Every time information is copied into an index, abstract, or extract there is a chance of human error. An index may speed up location of a desired record. However, if the indexer misread or mistyped an entry, dependence on an index can result in missing a valuable record or greater details found in an original record. Always study the original source. Look at the digitized copy linked by the index. Browse the original source in the appropriate time period or section where you would expect to find your record, whenever possible.

FamilySearch Historical Records

FamilySearch is actively involved in acquiring records from all over the world, digitizing them, and indexing them.

Searching the Historical Records Holdings

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To search these records, click on "Search" at the top of this page and select "Records" from the drop-down menu. From the "Search Historical Records" page, you will have several options for entering search choices:

  • You can enter the name and identifying details of you ancestor. All records for every country will be searched.
  • You can click on the map and narrow down the locality with successive clicks.
  • You can enter key words for the locality you want: the country, state, town, etc.



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Reading the Records List

Your choices will then bring up a list of

FamilySearch Historical Records.

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The Maricopa County, Payson, and Mesa City records collectios shown here are examples of the typical lower jurisdiction records that would not be listed on the Arizona Online Genealogy Records page. This is one example of why you should search the other sources described in this article and not depend completely on the Online Genealogy Records pages.

Navigating a Historical Record Description

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FamilySearch or Family History Library Catalog: Online Records

The FamilySearch or Family History Library is gradually digitizing its microfilm and printed records, as permission is granted from the authors of the records. Hopefully, this process will be completeed in 2020. Check back from time to time to see if new records are available.

Star pix.png Be sure to search each jurisdiction level: country, state, county, city, parish.


1. At the top of this page, choose "Catalog" from the drop-down "Search" menu.

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2. Fill in the search field with your locality details, and select "Online".

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3. Choose a record category. Select a record by title. A more detailed description of the record will appear. Online digital records will be indicated in two ways:

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4. If you receive this message, you will be unable to read the records on your personal computer. You will be able to read the records at a Family History Center.
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Part 3 - Digitized Books (of published genealogical records)

In the last decade, there has been a literal explosion in the availability of online genealogy records. This article will explain methods for locating online digitized books of published genealogical records.

  • For using the FamilySearch Wiki to find online records, see Part One.
  • For online records using FamilySearch Historical Records and the FamilySearch Library, see Part Two.
  • For online digitized books, see Part Three. For internet searches for online records, see Part Four.


Warning Tips

First, here are some warnings to consider.

Complete or incomplete?

In some cases, the database shows a complete copy of all the existing or known records in a collection. However, in many cases

  • 1) the collection is still being digitized and uploaded. The uploading is a work in progress.
  • 2) the collection is fully digitized, but only partially indexed. The index is a work in progress.
  • 3) the original collection is still being gathered and will eventually be digitized, uploaded, and indexed. The collection is a work in progress.

It is important to read any descriptive notes about the collection. If it is incomplete, you will want to study the source again from time to time until you can determine that the project is finished.

Index, index and images, images only?

Some databases show digitized copies of original documents. Some databases are indexes of genealogical data found in documents. Some databases have indexed a collection of documents and linked the index entry to the digitized image of the document named. Warning! Every time information is copied into an index, abstract, or extract there is a chance of human error. An index may speed up location of a desired record. However, if the indexer misread or mistyped an entry, dependence on an index can result in missing a valuable record or greater details found in an original record. Always study the original source. Look at the digitized copy linked by the index. Browse the original source in the appropriate time period or section where you would expect to find your record, whenever possible.

FamilySearch Digitized Books

To access this collection, click on "Search" at the top of this page and select "Books" from the drop-down menu. Search books.png

Family History Books is a collection of more than 325,000 digitized genealogy and family history publications from the archives of some of the most important family history libraries in the world. The collection includes family histories, county and local histories, genealogy magazines and how-to books, gazetteers, and medieval histories and pedigrees. The valuable resources included in Family History Books come from the following partner institutions: Allen County Public Library, Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records, Brigham Young University Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University Hawaii Joseph F. Smith Library, Brigham Young University Idaho David O. McKay Library, Church History Library, Family History Library, Historical Society of Pennsylvania, Houston Public Library - Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research, Mid-Continent Public Library - Midwest Genealogy Center, Onondaga County Public Library, University of Florida, George A. Smathers Libraries.


1. Search by surname.
You can also search by surname
and locality both to narrow the results.

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Typical Results of a Surname Search
This is a small sample.
The actual list of hits is much longer.

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2. Search by locality.


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Typical Results of a Locality Search
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3. Search by keyword,
which can include terms,
surnames, and localities
in any variety of combinations.

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Typical Results of a Keyword Search

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Other Digitized Books

There are several major efforts to digitize books. Although these projects cover much more than genealogy, some valuable genealogy gems are included. Again, search by all jurisdictions: country, state, count, city, and parish. Search also by surname or keyword. If you find a book mentioned in the FamilySearch catalog that is not digitized by FamilySearch, you can frequently find it in these collections by cutting and pasting the title into the search field.

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Each of the search fields below is a clickable link to the search page for the collection.

HathiTrust

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GoogleBooks

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InternetArchive

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Part Four: Internet Sources

In the last decade, there has been a literal explosion in the availability of online genealogy records. This article will explain methods for locating online genealogy records in a variety of internet sources.

  • For using the FamilySearch Wiki to find online records, see Part One.
  • For online records using FamilySearch Historical Records and the FamilySearch Library, see Part Two.
  • For online digitized books, see Part Three.

Warning Tips

First, here are some warnings to consider.

Complete or incomplete?

In some cases, the database shows a complete copy of all the existing or known records in a collection. However, in many cases

  • 1) the collection is still being digitized and uploaded. The uploading is a work in progress.
  • 2) the collection is fully digitized, but only partially indexed. The index is a work in progress.
  • 3) the original collection is still being gathered and will eventually be digitized, uploaded, and indexed. The collection is a work in progress.

It is important to read any descriptive notes about the collection. If it is incomplete, you will want to study the source again from time to time until you can determine that the project is finished.

Index, index and images, images only?

Some databases show digitized copies of original documents. Some databases are indexes of genealogical data found in documents. Some databases have indexed a collection of documents and linked the index entry to the digitized image of the document named. Warning! Every time information is copied into an index, abstract, or extract there is a chance of human error. An index may speed up location of a desired record. However, if the indexer misread or mistyped an entry, dependence on an index can result in missing a valuable record or greater details found in an original record. Always study the original source. Look at the digitized copy linked by the index. Browse the original source in the appropriate time period or section where you would expect to find your record, whenever possible.

Partner Sites

FamilySearch has a partnership with several subscription genealogy websites making it possible to view their collections without charge from a Family History Center computer.

Ancestry.com

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Click to search Ancestry.com by record source: Itty bitty arrow.png Catalog Search Use this to find records that are image only and have not been indexed.

Searching Original Images

If original images can be browsed, the direct links to images are found in the right sidebar:
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Findmypast

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Click to search findmypast by record source:Itty bitty arrow.png Search A-Z of record sets

Searching Original Images

Enter the word "Browse' in the Search A-Z of record sets search field to browse original images.

MyHeritage

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Click to search MyHeritage by record source:Itty bitty arrow.png Collection Catalog

American Ancestors

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Geneanet

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Cyndi’s List

Cyndi's List is a comprehensive, categorized and cross-referenced list of links that point you to genealogical research sites online. Cyndi's List

Google

Search Google with a combination of your location and a variety of keywords. Try "birth records", "marriage records", "death records", "genealogy", "family history", "probate records", "land records", "census records", etc.
Here is an example of a Google search.


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