''[[Introduction to the
Family History Library Catalog|Introduction to the Family History Library Catalog ]] > Author Search'' <br>
Author Search when you want to see catalog entries by or about a certain person, church, society, government agency, and so forth. An Author Search is especially useful for finding biographies and autobiographies.
== Steps to Search by
The following steps will help you use the
#Go the [https://familysearch.org/#form=catalog
Family History Library Catalog]. #Click ''' Author Search'''. #Type the last name of the author or a corporate name. A corporate name can be the name of an archive.
#Type a first name (optional).
#Click '''View Film Notes''' to microfilm or microfiche numbers.
== Strategies for Using an
Author Search ==
If the name you want is a personal name and you want to limit your search, type all or part of the first name in the "First Name" field.
Or suppose you want to find St. John's Episcopal Church (Hampton, Virginia). Typing '''St. John’s''' will give you a long results list. Typing '''St. John's Hampton''' will give you a shorter list.
== How Do I Understand the Results of an
Author Search? ==
Author Search results in a list of authors. If the list contains the author you want, click on the name to see the Author Details record.
The Author Details record contains the following information (where applicable):