FamilySearch Historical Record Collections

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FamilySearch Historical Record Collections provide online access to indexes and digital images of records held by the Family History Library. The site can be accessed from the Search Records menu on the FamilySearch homepage or directly at Historical Record Collections. New collections are being uploaded as quickly as the records are digitized and indexed. Originally, the term 'Pilot' was used to indicate that the site is still under development but with the introduction of the updated FamilySearch site in December of 2010, the name "Pilot" was dropped from the designation.

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.

Collection Descriptions

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 Main Page

To return to the main website, click on the logo at the top of the page.

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 FamilySearch Indexing project at and to see a quick reference to the collections being added to in the future.


For more information on the Historical Records Collection check the Blog link on the startup page of