FamilySearch Power-User Tip: How to Find New Genealogy Collections to Search

FamilySearch Power-User Tip: How to Find New Genealogy Collections to Search

The free genealogy website FamilySearch.org is a go-to place for researching family history just about anywhere in the world. It has more than 2,000 record collections with more added all the time. Here's a quick tip for finding the site's new and updated collections. I do this...

The free genealogy website FamilySearch.org is a go-to place for researching family history just about anywhere in the world. It has more than 2,000 record collections with more added all the time.

Here’s a quick tip for finding the site’s new and updated collections. I do this at least once a week:

1. At FamilySearch.org, go to Search>Records.

2. Click the Browse all Published Collections link, which will be either under the search form, or if you have your web browser window opened wide like mine, on the right under the map.

3. Now you have a list of all the digitized collections on FamilySearch.org, whether or not they’re indexed and searchable by name. The collections are indexed alphabetically, but click the Last Updated link on the right. This changes the order to the most-recently updated collections, so you can see whether any records have been added that might pertain to your ancestral places.

For example, my paternal great-grandmother’s last name was Ganem, and Ganems are in a part of Texas where my great-grandparents lived for a time (they moved around a lot). So I need to explore that collection of Texas, County Marriage Records, 1837-1977 to see what Ganems I might find.

You can use filters on the left to view only the collections related to the countries and states where your ancestors lived:

The Family Tree University course Become a FamilySearch Power-User will show you how to navigate the site to find features you need; essential basic and advnaced search strategies for finding your relatives’ records; collections not accessible through the record search, such as genealogies and books; how to access undigitized records; and more.

The next session of Become a FamilySearch Power-User runs July 20-Aug. 14. See a course outline and sign up at Family Tree University.

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