Recently I followed our own advice (from the popular Unofficial Guide to FamilySearch book, and now our Become a FamilySearch.org 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.
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.)
3. Finally, click Last Updated to bring all the new or newly updated collections to the top.
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:
I didn’t have Josephine, born when her mother was 48, in my tree. She married Herman H. Brink Sept. 22, 1885.
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