Finding Genealogy Collections

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What you might find in a survey of compiled records:

  • Extend the pedigree
  • Find missing children in family groups
  • Who else is working on your family tree

What are the best places to search for compiled genealogy collections?

1. Go to

  • Type in the name you are looking for, Click on Search.
  • The results will show what records the person can be found in.
  • If your person is found in Ancestral File or Pedigree Resource File, it means someone has research and submitted a pedigree with this person in the file.

2. Go to the Family History Library Catalog

  • Click on Surname Search
  • You will see the list of books and genealogy collections the library has.

3. Go to any of the Web sites listed below.  They have collections of genealogies on their sites.  Look for bulletin boards on these sites where you can post a query as well as search for your family name. (Top 10 genealogy Web sites)

4.  You might have success with a Google search, or any search engine, typing the name, along with the word "genealogy" or "family history," in the search box.

5. If your family were early members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, go to the Wiki article entitled, "Family Group Records Collection."

6. If you are looking for British lines, go to the article, "British Sources for Previous Research UK"