''[[Introduction to the Family History Library Catalog|Introduction to the Family History Library Catalog ]] > Author Search'' <br>
Do an 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.
The following steps will help you use the Author Search.
#Go the [
http:// www.familysearch.org/ Eng/Library/FHLC/frameset_fhlc.asp 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.
For example, if you want to find Jeremiah Smith, typing '''Smith''' in the "Last Name" field and nothing in the "First Name" field will give you a long results list. Typing '''Smith''' in the "Last Name" field and '''Jer''' in the "First Name" field will give you a shorter list.
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? ==
[[Family History Library Catalog Subject Search|Family History Library Catalog Subject Search]]
[[Family History Library Catalog Call Number Search|Family History Library Catalog Call Number Search]]
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