Explore FamilySearch.org

While many of us are home now due to the virus 19 crisis, this can be a great opportunity to really take time to explore and research specific databases. If you have not recently spent a good deal of time using FamilySearch.org – now is the time.

Remember to sign-in or create an account – then begin.

Going to the ‘Search’ portion is a good start. Begin with the basics, don’t try to fill all blanks, using a usual surname or a surname and given name and approximate birth date is good. Check the listings, and never overlook if a name is misspelled – that happens.

If you find a listing of interest, investigate it further. Look if there are additional vital records listed it that person. Besides any census records, look about birth records. Those could be for any the person’s children, not just the individual.

There are ‘sources’ listed for those who have contributed records. Some will have ‘FamilySearch’ but also other names of people (maybe even your relatives) who have contributed information. With an email address provided in most cases, you can reach out to them. There can be records they have added that might open new information for you. I recently found a first marriage for a great uncle I had not known before.

Use this time on this free database and keep trying.

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