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Introduction to the Family History Library Catalog  > Keyword Search

Do a Keyword Search if you cannot find an item with another search or if you do not know an exact place, author, title, or subject. This is particularly useful for locating records of European towns.

A Keyword Search looks for entries that contain the word(s) you typed by searching the following fields:

  • "Title"
  • "Author"
  • "Statement of Responsibility"
  • "Subjects"
  • "Series"
  • "Notes," including "Film Notes"

Steps to Search by Keyword

  1. Go to the Family History Library Catalog.
  2. Click Keyword Search.
  3. Type a word or phrase.
  4. Click Search.
  5. Click a title to see more detail.
  6. If there is a film of the record, click View Film Notes.

How Do I Understand the Results of a Keyword Search?

  • A Keyword Search results in a list of titles in relevance-ranked order, which means that titles that most likely match your search appear higher on the list
  • If you can't find the record you want under one of the other searches, use the same words in searching by keyword.
  • If you do not find the catalog entry you want, you may want to modify your search by adding or deleting keywords.

See also

Introduction to the Family History Library Catalog

Family History Library Catalog Place Search

Family History Library Catalog Surname Search

Family History Library Catalog Title Search

Family History Library Catalog Film and Fiche Search

Family History Library Catalog Author Search

Family History Library Catalog Subject Search

Family History Library Catalog Call Number Search


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