"How to" Guides for International Research

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Are you searching for your ancestors from a country outside the United States? On this page you will find a variety of “How to” guides created by the international research specialists at the Family History Library. Using these guides and their accompanying activities will enhance your research skills and knowledge and increase the likelihood of success in locating records of your ancestors.

General Africa/Asia Central Europe Eastern Europe Northern Europe Southern Europe Central America South America United Kingdom
FamilySearch South Africa Austria Estonia Denmark France All Countries All Countries England
Czechia Latvia Finland Greece Mexico Brazil Ireland
Germany Lithuania Iceland Italy Uruguay Scotland
The Netherlands Russia Norway Portugal Wales
Poland Ukraine Sweden Spain
Slovenia
Switzerland

How to use the guides
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Select a guide from the list below based on your interests. Please note that some guides need to be completed in sequence to ensure a successful experience. Build your research knowledge and confidence with each activity you complete.

Each guide comes with three parts - Instruction, which includes a guided activity, Assignment, to test what you've learned, and an Answer key, to check how you did on the assignment. The guides are also rated as either Beginner, Intermediate or Advanced. The majority are designed for beginners.

The guides are available in PDF form designed to be downloaded and printed. To view a guide, click on its title. Once the guide has opened, use the PDF tools found in your browser to print and save the document.

PLEASE NOTE: Some guides are designed to be completed using resources found in the Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah. These are indicated by an * following the title of the guide. If you cannot visit the Family History Library, check your local library or your local FamilySearch family history center for availability of the resources described in the guide.

Work in progress
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This is a work in progress. Please check back often for new and/or updated guides.

Countries[edit | edit source]

General Help[edit | edit source]

Latin America[edit | edit source]

Brazil[edit | edit source]

Mexico[edit | edit source]

Uruguay[edit | edit source]

Europe[edit | edit source]

Austria[edit | edit source]

Czechia[edit | edit source]

Denmark[edit | edit source]

England[edit | edit source]

Estonia[edit | edit source]

  • Church Records Online: Saaga - Instruction, Activity, Answer Key

France[edit | edit source]

Germany[edit | edit source]

Italy[edit | edit source]

Latvia[edit | edit source]

  • Church Records Online: Raduraksti - Instruction, Activity, Answer Key

Lithuania[edit | edit source]

The Netherlands[edit | edit source]

Norway[edit | edit source]

Poland[edit | edit source]

Portugal[edit | edit source]

Russia[edit | edit source]

Slovenia[edit | edit source]

Spain[edit | edit source]

Sweden[edit | edit source]

  • Accessing Church Records - Instruction, Activity, Answer Key
  • Finding Birth, Marriage, Death Records - Instruction, Activity, Answer Key
  • Finding a Household Exam - Instruction, Activity, Answer Key
  • Following a Family in Household Exams - Instruction, Activity, Answer Key

Switzerland[edit | edit source]

Africa and Asia[edit | edit source]

South Africa[edit | edit source]



*This guide teaches the use of resources found in the Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah. If you cannot visit the Family History Library, check your local library or your local FamilySearch family history center for availability of the resources described in the guide.

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