Difference between revisions of "FamilySearch Catalog Surnames Search"

From FamilySearch Wiki
Jump to: navigation, search
(Fixed link)
(Replaced content with "Góbor")
Line 1: Line 1:
''[[Introduction to the Family History Library Catalog|Introduction to the Family History Library Catalog ]] &gt; Surname Search'' (Last Names)<br>
How to search the Family History Library Catalog by Surname.
Use a '''''Surname Search''''' to find a work <u>about</u> a specific family or person, such as a:<br>
*family history  ''for example'' [https://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/show?uri=http%3A%2F%2Fcatalog-search-api%3A8080%2Fwww-catalogapi-webservice%2Fitem%2F987923 A History of the Fluckiger Family in Wyoming and Utah]<br>
*biography''for example''[https://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/show?uri=http%3A%2F%2Fcatalog-search-api%3A8080%2Fwww-catalogapi-webservice%2Fitem%2F292651 John Sutherland, His Life and Times]<br>
*autobiography  ''for example'' [https://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/show?uri=http%3A%2F%2Fcatalog-search-api%3A8080%2Fwww-catalogapi-webservice%2Fitem%2F82525 Personal Memoirs of U.S. Grant]<br>
*genealogy  ''for example'' [https://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/show?uri=http%3A%2F%2Fcatalog-search-api%3A8080%2Fwww-catalogapi-webservice%2Fitem%2F562632 Shadrach LeQuat, Delaware to Illinois, and His Descendants]<br>
*diary or journal  ''for example'' [https://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/show?uri=http%3A%2F%2Fcatalog-search-api%3A8080%2Fwww-catalogapi-webservice%2Fitem%2F499386 The Journal of Anson Call]<br>
*pedigree  ''for example'' [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/593041?availability=Family%20History%20Library De Bottetort Pedigree Chart, ca.519 A.D.-1975]<br>
However, the [https://familysearch.org/catalog-search Author Search]is better for finding '''''an author''''' by his or her surname.<br>
== Steps to Search by Surname  ==
#Go to the [https://familysearch.org/catalog-search Family History Library Catalog.]
#Click <span style="font-weight: bold;">Surnames</span>.
#Type a surname.
#Click '''Search'''.
#Click the surname that matches the one you want.
#Click a title to see more details. The record may be in a book or on a film.
#Click the button labeled '''View Film Notes '''in the top right corner to see a film number.The button will not appear if there isn't a film number.<br>
== How Do I Understand the Results of a Surname Search?  ==
A '''''Surname Search''''' results in a list of titles of catalog entries tied to the surname of your search. Click the title to see the cataloging details. A book, compact disc, or pedigree call number of the source will appear on this details screen. This call number is needed to locate the item in the Family History Library. Scroll down the screen to see if the item has been filmed.
If the name you search is relatively common, the results list may be so long (over 100) that you will have to click [Next results] at the bottom of the page one or more times to see the complete results list. For long results lists there is also an option to jump to a record (title) number you specify.
== Strategies for Using a Surname Search  ==
'''Look for family histories.''' This search mainly finds family histories.
'''More than one surname per family history.''' Library catalogers usually add to the '''''Surname Search''''' about four surnames from families that marry into the main family for a typical family history. For example, <br>
[https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/163371?availability=Family%20History%20Library Blackburns Today and Yesterday]] is also listed under the following names: BARRON, BRIDGES, DAVIS, and FRAZIER. For longer family histories even more names would usually be listed. So it is normal to find a book via the '''''Surname Search''''' which is primarily about another family and only briefly mentions the surname you searched.
'''If the results list has too few matches.''' The more of a surname you type as a search term, the smaller the results list will be. Since many surnames have [[Guessing a Name Variation|spelling variations]], you may want to broaden your search. To do this, you can type only part of the surname. (This is called truncating your search.) For example, if you type '''Newcombe''' as your search term, the computer will find only that spelling of the name. However, if you type '''Newcom''' as your search term, the computer will find any surname that begins with those letters, including Newcom, Newcomb, Newcome, Newcombe, and so forth.
'''Switch to the ''Keyword Search'' to find a family in a specific place.''' If the results list has too many matches, it may help to switch to the Family History Library Catalog [[Family History Library Catalog Keyword Search|'''''Keyword Search''''']] and add a ''place'' (state or province) to the ''surname''. For example, a '''''Surname Search''''' for '''Frazier''' results in 177 matches, but a '''''Keyword Search''''' for '''Frazier Colorado''' results in only 21 matches. This strategy finds works that are cataloged under the surname '''Frazier''' and the place '''Colorado''' in the same cataloging entry, usually but not necessarily in connection with each other. States and provinces work best for this strategy. Towns and counties work poorly for this strategy.
== See also  ==
[[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 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 and Fiche Search]]
[[Family History Library Catalog Author Search|Family History Library Catalog Author 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 Place Search|Place Search]]  &lt;  Previous  |  Next  &gt;  [[Family History Library Catalog Keyword Search|Keyword Search]]''

Revision as of 18:27, 26 April 2014