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November 18, 2012

FamilySearch offers guides to researching

FamilySearch Wiki is a website dedicated to helping researchers find records on ancestors. For example, a guide to researching English ancestors can be found at https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/England. Key topics for getting started with English research include census records, church records, civil registrations, and probate records. Other records include archives and libraries, cemeteries, emigration and immigration, medical records, and much more. One also can click on a specific county to go to that county’s page. There is also a link to a series of videos now available online.

Similar guides are available by going to the website mentioned above, but instead of typing “England” in the URL, type another country, such as Poland, Ireland, Norway, Finland, Canada, etc. Also, to access guides for individual states within the U.S., substitute a state (e.g., Illinois) in the URL. One also can browse the list of other countries at http://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Btrowse_by_Country.

Indexing project

FamilySearch recently announced its current major project is indexing U.S. Immigration and Naturalization records. This project will combine information from passenger lists, border crossings, naturalization records, etc., and with the help of 85,000 volunteers, expects to index more than 30 million records by the end of this year. The project, which was begun in August, has already indexed more than 15 million records.

To view a list of currently available U.S. projects, visit http://www.familysearch.org. Under “All Record Collections” and “Browse by Location,” click on United States and be taken to a page listing specific collections, the number of records, and date when last updated. In addition to individual states’ records, be sure to scroll down to “United States,” which includes census records, pension files, draft registration cards for World War I and World War II, and much more.

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