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Instructions for the FS Catalog[edit | edit source]

1. Click on the link to get to the desired collection in the Catalog (look at the years).

2. Look in the "Notes" section to understand what records are contained in this collection.

3. Look underneath the "Film/Digital Notes" section.

Collections can be accessed in three different ways. To know how to access each collection, look at the icon underneath "Format":
  • Camera - means the collection is digitized and available online
  • Microfilm reel - means the collection can only be accessed on microfilm at the Library
  • Magnifying glass - means the collection has been partially indexed

4. Look for an index. It may be a few collections big and will likely be at the top of the list of collections.

IF INDEX EXISTS
1. Look for the right index collection - may be organized by surname or year.
2. Look for the person in the index. Take note of the reference, page, or entry number of where the person is in the record.
3. Go back to the list of collections and choose the collection that matches the reference (may be by number or year).
4. Now scroll through the images and find the person.
IF NO INDEX EXISTS
1. Look at the first few collections and determine how the images are organized - whether by surname, year, or place.
2. Choose the collection that matches the known information.
3. Now scroll through the images and find the person.

Instructions for Historical Records Collections[edit | edit source]

1. Click on the link to get to the desired collection.

2. Read the "Description" to understand the limitations of the collection. For more information, click on the "Learn more" link.

3. Click on the "Browse through [# of images] images"

4. This link will lead to page that helps narrow down which collection to search. The collection can be narrowed down in different ways:

  • Place (county, city, town, parish)
  • Denomination
  • Record type
  • Year range
  • Surname or number range

5. After reaching the page with all the images, look for an index. The index may be located at the beginning or end or may not exist at all.

IF INDEX EXISTS
1. Look for the person in the index. Take note of the reference, page, or entry number of where the person is in the record.
2. Now scroll through the images and find the person.
IF NO INDEX EXISTS
1. Look at the first few images and determine how the images are organized - whether by surname, year, or place.
2. Now scroll through the images and find the person.