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How to Conduct a FamilySearch Search

FamilySearch is one of the oldest online sources for primary genealogical resources. And, you can search their large collection of records for free! Here's how you conduct a search in FamilySearch:

1

Click the Search icon below the main picture on the site or click the Search link at the top of the page.

The Search page appears. To search for records on the site, fill in the First Names and Last Names fields. Note the check boxes next to the First Names and Last Name fields. When you select the check boxes, the search results match the name exactly.

2

Enter optional information in the Location, Type, Batch Number, and Film Number fields.

As you click the links to each of these filters, the field appears onscreen. The Batch Number and Film Number fields are for advanced searches and are useful when you have seen a reference to a particular data set on a website or in a book.

3

Enter information in the Life Event fields.

As you click the links to each of these filters, the field appears onscreen. You can choose to enter information on birth, marriage, residence, death, or any place that your ancestor might be associated with. Note that you can put in a date range for the event.

Consider using date ranges anytime that you conduct a search on FamilySearch. For example, if you know the birth date was 1833, put a date range between 1830 and 1835, just in case the date of birth or age calculation for a particular record is incorrect. That way you won't miss any records.

4

Enter names related to your ancestor if you want the search to restrict results by associated names.

As you click the links to each of these filters, the field appears onscreen. You can choose to enter names for spouse, parents, or another person associated with your ancestor.

5

Select the check box to make the search match all terms exactly, if you need to limit the count in the results.

Use this only if you try the search and receive too many results that aren't relevant to your ancestor.

6

Click the Search button.

The search results page appears.

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