FamilySearch Power-User Tip: Find New & Updated Genealogy Collections

FamilySearch Power-User Tip: Find New & Updated Genealogy Collections

Are you looking to use FamilySearch like a pro? Check out these tips, and be sure to register for our upcoming course!


Recently I followed our own advice (from the popular Unofficial Guide to FamilySearch book, and now our Become a Power User online course) to check for recently added or updated record collections at the free FamilySearch website. It’s easy to do:

1. On the FamilySearch home page, hover over Search and choose Records.

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2. On the Search page, choose Browse All Published Collections. (This link may appear below the gray box, depending how wide your browser window is.)

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3. Finally, click Last Updated to bring all the new or newly updated collections to the top.

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I discovered a new collection with record images, Kentucky, County Marriages, 1797-1954. I found marriage registers or certificates for a bunch of relatives, including my great-great-grandparents, married the day before Thanksgiving, 1900:

And this register clued me into a missing person in my tree:

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I didn’t have Josephine, born when her mother was 48, in my tree. She married Herman H. Brink Sept. 22, 1885.

Our Become a Power User online course gives you in-depth guidance using this free, rich genealogy website, with input from our expert instructor and your fellow researchers.

You’ll learn how to find your ancestors in FamilySearch’s billions of historical records (even the ones that aren’t indexed), digitized books and family trees. You’ll also learn how to upload and manage your family tree on FamilySearch, and use features such as the free fan chart. The course starts Monday, February 19—hurry up and register at Family Tree University!


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  1. There are digitized rolls of film on Family Search that are NOT listed on the Records page. I found one example of Portage County, Ohio Deed Indexes that are available digitally. The only way to find them is to search the Catalog for Portage County, Ohio and then look under Land & Property. Then click on Deed Records and you will find that two rolls of indexes are available digitally. On the far right of the roll listing there is a camera symbol instead of a roll of film. When you click on the camera it brings up the roll of film. This is in a different format that of other digitized records. These are the only rolls I have found so far, but there are probably others.