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''[[Introduction to the Family History Library Catalog|Introduction to the Family History Library Catalog&nbsp;]] &gt; Author Search'' <br>  
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''[[Introduction to the FamilySearch Catalog]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]'' '''Authors Search''' <br>  
  
Do an Author Search when you want to see catalog entries by or about a certain person, church, society, government agency, and so forth. An Author Search is especially useful for finding biographies and autobiographies.  
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Do an '''Authors Search''' when you want to see catalog entries by or about a certain person, church, society, government agency, and so forth. An Authors Search is especially useful for finding biographies and autobiographies.  
  
== Steps to Search by Author ==
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== Steps to Search by Authors ==
  
The following steps will help you use the Author Search.  
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The following steps will help you use the Authors Search.  
  
#Go the [https://familysearch.org/#form=catalog Family History Library Catalog].  
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#Go the [https://familysearch.org/catalog-search FamilySearch Catalog].  
#Click '''Author Search'''.  
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#Click '''Places''' to close the Places Search.
#Type the last name of the author or a corporate name. A corporate name can be the name of an archive.  
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#Click '''Authors Search''' to open it.  
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#Type the last name of the author, or a corporate name. A corporate name can be the name of an archive.  
 
#Type a first name (optional).  
 
#Type a first name (optional).  
 
#Click '''Search'''.  
 
#Click '''Search'''.  
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#Click '''View Film Notes''' to microfilm or microfiche numbers.
 
#Click '''View Film Notes''' to microfilm or microfiche numbers.
  
== Strategies for Using an Author Search  ==
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== Strategies for Using an Authors Search  ==
  
 
If the name you want is a personal name and you want to limit your search, type all or part of the first name in the "First Name" field.  
 
If the name you want is a personal name and you want to limit your search, type all or part of the first name in the "First Name" field.  
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If you do not know how to spell the author's name, truncate (shorten) it or use a wild card character to replace letters you do not know. The more of the author’s name you type, the smaller the results list will be.  
 
If you do not know how to spell the author's name, truncate (shorten) it or use a wild card character to replace letters you do not know. The more of the author’s name you type, the smaller the results list will be.  
  
For example, if you want to find Jeremiah Smith, typing '''Smith''' in the "Last Name" field and nothing in the "First Name" field will give you a long results list. Typing '''Smith''' in the "Last Name" field and '''Jer''' in the "First Name" field will give you a shorter list.  
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For example, if you want to find Jeremiah Smith, typing '''Smith''' in the "Last Name" field and nothing in the "First Name" field will give you a long results list. Typing '''Smith''' in the "Last Name" field and '''Jer*''' in the "First Name" field will give you a shorter list.  
  
 
Or suppose you want to find St. John's Episcopal Church (Hampton, Virginia). Typing '''St. John’s''' will give you a long results list. Typing '''St. John's Hampton''' will give you a shorter list.  
 
Or suppose you want to find St. John's Episcopal Church (Hampton, Virginia). Typing '''St. John’s''' will give you a long results list. Typing '''St. John's Hampton''' will give you a shorter list.  
  
== How Do I Understand the Results of an Author Search?  ==
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== How Do I Understand the Results of an Authors Search?  ==
  
An Author Search results in a list of authors. If the list contains the author you want, click on the name to see the Author Details record.  
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An Authors Search results in a list of authors. If the list contains the author you want, click on the name to see the Author Details record.  
  
 
The Author Details record contains the following information (where applicable):  
 
The Author Details record contains the following information (where applicable):  
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*Click on the author’s name in a Title Details record.
 
*Click on the author’s name in a Title Details record.
  
== See also  ==
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{{FamilySearch Catalog}}
 
 
[[Introduction to the Family History Library Catalog|Introduction to the Family History Library Catalog]]
 
 
 
[[Family History Library Catalog Place Search|Family History Library Catalog Place Search]]
 
 
 
[[Family History Library Catalog Surname Search|Family History Library Catalog Surname Search]]
 
 
 
[[Family History Library Catalog Keyword Search|Family History Library Catalog Keyword Search]]
 
 
 
[[Family History Library Catalog Title Search|Family History Library Catalog Title Search]]
 
 
 
[[Family History Library Catalog Film or Fiche Search|Family History Library Catalog Film or Fiche Search]]
 
 
 
[[Family History Library Catalog Subject Search|Family History Library Catalog Subject Search]]
 
 
 
[[Family History Library Catalog Call Number Search|Family History Library Catalog Call Number Search]]
 
 
 
<br> ''[[Family History Library Catalog Film or Fiche Search|Film/Fiche Search]] &nbsp;&lt; &nbsp;Previous&nbsp; | &nbsp;Next&nbsp; &gt;&nbsp; [[Family History Library Catalog Subject Search|Subject Search]]''
 
  
[[Category:Family_History_Library_Catalog|Family_History_Library_Catalog]]
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[[Category:FamilySearch_Catalog]]

Latest revision as of 22:31, 29 May 2016

Introduction to the FamilySearch Catalog Gotoarrow.png Authors Search

Do an Authors Search when you want to see catalog entries by or about a certain person, church, society, government agency, and so forth. An Authors Search is especially useful for finding biographies and autobiographies.

Steps to Search by Authors

The following steps will help you use the Authors Search.

  1. Go the FamilySearch Catalog.
  2. Click Places to close the Places Search.
  3. Click Authors Search to open it.
  4. Type the last name of the author, or a corporate name. A corporate name can be the name of an archive.
  5. Type a first name (optional).
  6. Click Search.
  7. Click the name of the author that matches your request.
  8. Click a title to see details of the record.
  9. Click View Film Notes to microfilm or microfiche numbers.
FSC Authors Results.png

Strategies for Using an Authors Search

If the name you want is a personal name and you want to limit your search, type all or part of the first name in the "First Name" field.

If you do not know how to spell the author's name, truncate (shorten) it or use a wild card character to replace letters you do not know. The more of the author’s name you type, the smaller the results list will be.

For example, if you want to find Jeremiah Smith, typing Smith in the "Last Name" field and nothing in the "First Name" field will give you a long results list. Typing Smith in the "Last Name" field and Jer* in the "First Name" field will give you a shorter list.

Or suppose you want to find St. John's Episcopal Church (Hampton, Virginia). Typing St. John’s will give you a long results list. Typing St. John's Hampton will give you a shorter list.

How Do I Understand the Results of an Authors Search?

An Authors Search results in a list of authors. If the list contains the author you want, click on the name to see the Author Details record.

The Author Details record contains the following information (where applicable):

  • The name of the author.
  • The catalog entries the author is tied to.
  • References to other authors.
  • Notes about the author.

What If I Do Not Find an Author I Want?

You may not find an author you want for several reasons. Before concluding that the catalog does not have any records you want, consider the following strategies:

  • Be sure you typed the author’s name correctly.
  • Broaden your search term, in case the author’s name is spelled differently than you expect. Try typing spelling variations. You can also truncate the given name. For example, if you typed Cann in the "Last Name" field and George in the "First Name" field without finding the right one, try typing Cann in the "Last Name" field and G in the "First Name" field.
  • Use a different search, such as a Keyword Search.

Who Is Considered an Author in the Catalog?

The catalog lists two types of authors in the "Author" field:

  • A main author is the person or organization chiefly responsible for the creation of an item described in the catalog.
  • An added author is a person or organization that acts as a compiler, editor, translator, and so forth.
  • If the catalog entry describes an item that refers to another item, you will see the author and title of the referenced item. This information is labeled Name/Title.

If the person’s or corporate body’s name is also listed as a subject in the catalog entry, you will find works about that person or corporate body by doing an Author Search.

How Do I Find Other Catalog Entries by or about an Author?

The Author Details record lists the titles of catalog entries by or about the author.

You can find the Author Details record in two ways:

  • If you do an Author Search, click on the author’s name on the results list.
  • Click on the author’s name in a Title Details record.