What you probably already know:
- You can search millions of indexed online records by your ancestor's name and location, or other criteria. You can search easily right from the home page of the site.
- Books: You can search the collection of over 40,000 digitized books. Try searching by a surname, location, or keyword (such as Civil War). If you are looking for a specific book you can also search by the book title and/or author. Click the "Books" link on the home page.
- Browse: You can browse FamilySearch record collections by location and/or record type (census, marriage, church records). Scroll down on the home page to the "All Record Collections" link. Then you can filter by location, dates, or record types. Some record collections include digitized images of the actual records, while others are indexes only. For example, take a look all of the Maine collections. You can tell which ones have images by the camera icon next to the collection name. The collections that say "Browse images" rather than a number in the "Records" column have not been indexed yet, but you can still look through the images. You may find your ancestor this way in a collection that would not show up in regular search results.
- Learn: Improve your research skills with free online courses. Want to know more about courthouse research or beginning research in France? Visit the Learning Center. There are hundreds of courses from beginner to advanced. You can view the most popular and the newest courses right from the main Learning Center page, or select a category to see what courses are available.
- Read and Share: The wiki allows site users to learn and to share their expertise by reading and contributing to articles on various topics. For example, you can find out what records exist for a certain location and dates and where to find them, or learn about computer software and how to organize your information.