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Thanks for your input!! This looks good, and it is a format that we may want to copy for other county collections with multiple record types. The ''How to Use the Record'' section is always the most difficult to write especially for collections with multiple record types.
The kind of detailed information currently in this section has been requested many times by users; probably because a high percentage of the users are beginners. Studies of users and feedback from the users have shown us that they need to have the following information:
*Why do they want the information in the records. (Example: The name of the officiator at the event may be a clue to their religion or area of residence in the county.)
*What do they do with the information. (Example: The name of the undertaker or mortuary could lead you to funeral and cemetery records which often include the names and residences of other family members.)
*Tips for searching. (Example: When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.)
*What to do if they do not find their ancestors. (Example: Check for variant spellings of the surnames.)
*What to do next. (Example: Use the birth date or age along with the place of birth of each partner to find a couple's birth records and parents' names.)
I really appreciate the work you have done and I cannot emplasize enough how much I appreciate it.
If you would like to contact me directly my contact information is -
NaDine B. Timothy
(801) 240-4487
== Using the Collection  ==
== Using the Collection  ==

Latest revision as of 02:14, 17 September 2011

Using the Collection

Identify the record to be searched

From the Record Description list, identify the kind of record you would like to search (land, probate, vital records, etc.) and click on the title link to select it. Within each record type are links to individual volumes of records that have been digitized.

Select a Volume

Notice that each volume has a timeframe listed, and that some timeframes overlap other volumes (especially birth records and birth affidavits, which are a form of delayed birth record). Some collections list two date ranges: when the event occurred, and when it was recorded, for example, Affidavits to Birth, Vol. 6 (1869-1935) [1943].

Check the surname index

At the front of most volumes, there is an index page for each letter of the alphabet. Entries in that volume are recorded by surname on the page representing the first initial of the last name, but are not listed in alphabetical order.

Find the image

If you find you ancestor’s name in the index, make note of the page number listed. Start searching individual images beginning approximately 30 images after the page number listed by typing a number in the Image number box at the top right of the screen.  The image may be several images before or after the page you first select.  Use the arrows to page through the images.