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What’s New: Search Records at Home


For many years, using FamilySearch’s vast collections of records often meant taking a trip to the Family History Library or a FamilySearch affiliate library to scroll through microfilms. Or it might have meant ordering the needed microfilm and waiting for it to arrive at a local family history center. Over the past several years, though, FamilySearch has been digitizing these records and publishing them online for people to search and view from their own homes. Online collections have continued to grow, decreasing the need for microfilms. In fact, as of September 2017, you can no longer order microfilms or microfiche from FamilySearch.org, making the shift complete.

Probably few people are pining for the old microfilm methods as they pull up records about their ancestors on their computers at home. This article explains what records are available online and tells how to access them. You’ll probably agree that finding your ancestors has never been easier. 

This article illustrates how to use FamilySearch's records, record availability, and searching records not available at FamilySearch.