FamilySearch Historical Record Collections
Searching The Indexed Records
From the main screen you can search all collections available. There are three types of searches 'Exact close match' is the default. Use the drop down arrow next to the green Search button if you wish to chose 'Exact match' or 'Exact, close and partial'. You will want to experiment with these different search types to see the different results from each type of search. There is no Soundex search available.
The Advanced Search link adds search fields for parents names and acts as a toggle between Advanced Search and Basic Search. The three types of searches ('Exact close match' or 'Exact match' or 'Exact, close and partial') are still available.
The magnifying glass and link Browse our record collections provides a map so that you can limit the collections to a general locality or find specific collections within a locality.
For each collection, there is a brief Collection Description, as well as a link titled "About this Collection." In the FamilySearch beta version, the link is titled "Learn More". Addition information about the collections may also be found in articles in this, the FamilySearch Research Wiki, about the locality and in the Family History Library online catalog.
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!
Return to FamilySearch.org Main Page
To return to the main FamilySearch.org website, click on the Home link at the top of the page and from the Home page of Record Search Pilot, click on the FamilySearch.org link at the bottom of the page. The back arrow will not return you to the main FamilySearch.org website.
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 indexing project at indexing.familysearch.org and to see a quick reference to the collections being added to FamilySearch.org.
For more information on Pilot.FamilySearch.org read the blog posted by the developers. A new version of the site was released in September 2009.