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This is the method I use when I want to search a specific set of records on Family Search. Whether you want to search in one of the 50 states, Canada, Europe or Asia, the method is the same.
From the home page, click on “Search” and then “Records.”
You will see this screen (Click on any image to enlarge it)
Now go to the map and hover over an area you want to search. You will see that the areas will change from grey to yellow. Click on the yellow area you want to search.
I chose the United States and this is how my screen now looks:
Once you click on that yellow area you will see a drop down list with all the locations for that area. In this case all 50 states. I chose Michigan and this is what I see.
Next I selected “Start researching in Michigan.”
You will see the screen shown below. Notice that only a few records are shown on the list at the bottom. I want to see all the Michigan records, so I select “Show all 58 Collections.” This will take you to a complete list.
Here is a sample of a portion of that complete list. As you can see you can use the boxes on the left of the record collection to select only one or several of the collections in which to conduct your search.
Here are the things you learn from viewing this complete list:
- Which records are available
- How many records are in the collection
- When the collection was last updated
- Whether the collection has images or not (by the little camera on the right of the last column)
This is an excellent way to check the site from time to time and see what collections have been recently updated. Maybe it’s time to go back and look through the collection again?
TIP: Make use of the Wiki on this site. You find it from the home page, by clicking on “search” and then “wiki” in the dropdown list. I went to the Wiki and put in the word Michigan. Then I selected “Military Records.” What I got was an incredible list of resources, links and information. Since it is too long for me to include on this page, here is the link so you can see what I’m talking about https://familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Michigan_Military_Records
Another great resource for finding specific records is Cyndi’s List. You can search the site alphabetically and she has, as of this date, 333,397 links. The site is constantly being updated.
I hope you’ve found this post helpful.
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