Historical Record Collections

This week’s research resource is the Historical Record Collection at FamilySearch. This collection makes it possible for us to focus on a particular type of record at a particular time and place.


In this example, I’m looking for death records in Chattooga County, Georgia. There are several options and I’ve chosen the Georgia Deaths, 1914-1927 to start. The camera icon to the left of a listing means there are images for this collection. The camera with a box behind it means there are images but they aren’t on FamilySearch. Most of these collections are indexed and can be searched, but those that include “Browse Images” in the records column will require you to move through them on your own.


When you select an indexed record collection, FamilySearch will display a screen similar to this one where you can search within the collection. It also include a description of the collection at the top of the screen and a source citation at the bottom.

Like the rest of the collections at FamilySearch, the Historic Records Collections is freely-accessible to all users. If you don’t have a user account at FamilySearch, you are missing out on a tremendous worldwide collection of records and a fabulous research support system too.

Worldwide Indexing Event – Oct 20-22

If you aren’t familiar with indexing, it is transcribing the information contained on original records to make that record searchable. These include things like census records, court records, military records and much more. Indexing isn’t difficult and it significantly increases the number of records available online. You’ll find details at Worldwide Indexing Event — FamilySearch.org

Those Fun Newspaper Items

Aunt Luella could eat doughnuts and Aunt Sarah could peel apples. Both of them placed in contests held at a 1923 church picnic in Breckenridge, Illinois. These anecdotal items can be interesting asides to learn about your relative or significant clues–depending upon what you don’t already know about your ancestor.

You’ll find plenty of great research tips at:  Genealogy Tip of the Day with Michael John Neill