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''[[Introduction to the Family History Library Catalog|Introduction to the Family History Library Catalog&nbsp;]] &gt; Place Search'' <br>  
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''[[Introduction to the Family History Library Catalog|Introduction to the Family History Library Catalog&nbsp;]] &gt; Place-name Search'' <br>  
  
Do a Place Search when you want to find records in the collection of the Family History Library by the name of a place (locality) where an ancestor lived.  
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Do a Place-name Search when you want to find records in the collection of the Family History Library by the name of a place (locality) where an ancestor lived. &nbsp;Microfilms located through this search can then be ordered through your local [[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers|Family History Center]].
  
== Steps to Search by Place  ==
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=== Steps to Search by Place-name ===
  
 
The following steps will help you find records for a specific locality in the Family History Library Catalog.  
 
The following steps will help you find records for a specific locality in the Family History Library Catalog.  
  
#Go to the [http://www.familysearch.org Family History Library Catalog].
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#'''Go to the[https://www.familysearch.org/#form=catalog|Family History Library Catalog]''''''.'''
#Click '''Place Search'''.  
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#("Place-name" is the default search option. If it does not appear, select it from the drop-down menu.)<br>
#Type the locality.&nbsp;
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#'''Type the locality.''' The catalog orgainzes places from the largest jurisdiction in a place-name to the smallest. Generally, the pattern is country, state or provice, county (where applicable), city or town. Places in the United States and Canada do not have a country level. The locality can be entered in reverse order to obtain the same results.<br>
#Put the smaller place in the upper box. Optional: add the county, state/province, or country in the lower box.  
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#'''Click''' '''Search''' (even if the locality was selected from the drop-down menu).<br>
#Click '''Search'''.
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#'''Click a topic''', such as Church records. (See also [https://wiki.familysearch.org/en/Locality_Subject_Subdivisions| Locality Subject Subdivisions].)
#Click the locality that most closely matches the one you want.  
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#Click a topic (Subject Subdivision), such as Church records. See also [[Locality Subject Subdivisions|Locality Subject Subdivisions]].  
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#Click a title to see more details. The record may be in a book or on a film.
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#Click '''View Film Notes''' in the top right corner to see the film numbers.
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'''Tip:''' Once you have clicked a specific locality, you can click '''View Related Places''' on the top right corner to find localities related to the place you typed in step 4.
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#'''Click a title''' to see more details. '''<br>'''
  
== Strategies for Using a Place Search  ==
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=== Strategies for Using a Place-name Search  ===
  
 
The names of countries are in English. The names of states, provinces, regions, cities, and other jurisdictions are in the language of the country.  
 
The names of countries are in English. The names of states, provinces, regions, cities, and other jurisdictions are in the language of the country.  
  
The more specific you make your search, the shorter the list of results will be.  
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Consider that records are kept at different jurisdictional levels. Search for the town or city if you are looking for records specific to that jurisdiction (cemetery, church, directories, town histories, etc.). Search for the county for records that would cover more than one town or that might be kept by the county government (vital records, court records, land and property records, county histories, etc.). Many important records might be located at the state or provincial level (census, military, state histories, etc.), or even at the country level (census, federal land, citizenship, etc.).<br>
  
To make your search more specific, type a jurisdiction of the place in the "Part of" field. For example, if you are looking for a city, type the county or state.
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To search for a county, do not type the word "County" as a part of the search term. For example, to find Fairfax county, Virginia, type '''Fairfax Virginia''' or '''Virginia Fairfax''' in the search field.<br>
 
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If you do not know a jurisdiction of the place, search for the name by itself.  
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If you do not know how to spell the place-name, truncate (shorten) the name or use a wild card character to replace letters you are not sure of.  
 
If you do not know how to spell the place-name, truncate (shorten) the name or use a wild card character to replace letters you are not sure of.  
 
In the "Place" field, type only the specific name of the place that you are looking for. For example, to find Buxton, York, Maine, type '''Buxton''' in the "Place" field and either '''Maine''' or '''York''' in the "Part of" field. Do not type Maine,York,Buxton in the "Place" field.
 
 
To search for a county, do not type the word "County" as a part of the search term. For example, to find Fairfax county, Virginia, type '''Fairfax''' in the "Place" field and '''Virginia''' in the "Part of" field.
 
  
 
If a place-name has more than one word, you do not need to type all of the words. Nor do you have to type them in exact order. The computer automatically finds all places with the word or words that you type, no matter where in the place-name they appear. For example, if you type '''Barton''', the computer would find Barton Mills, Barton-on-Irwell, Great Barton, and so forth.  
 
If a place-name has more than one word, you do not need to type all of the words. Nor do you have to type them in exact order. The computer automatically finds all places with the word or words that you type, no matter where in the place-name they appear. For example, if you type '''Barton''', the computer would find Barton Mills, Barton-on-Irwell, Great Barton, and so forth.  
 
== How Do I Understand the Results of a Place Search?  ==
 
 
A Place Search results in a list of places. If you qualified your search with another jurisdiction, the list should be short. If you did not qualify your search, the list may be long.
 
 
The results list is divided into sections according to the jurisdiction. For example, if you search for Washington, the list has sections for Washington state, Mount Washington, Port Washington, and towns named Washington. Within each section, you will see the full place-name.
 
 
If the list shows the place you want, click on the place-name to see the Place Details record. This record contains all or some of the following items:
 
 
*The Related Places tab. Click this tab to see other places that you might be interested in.
 
*A list of topics for the place that the catalog has records for. See [[Locality Subject Subdivisions|Locality Subject Subdivisions]].
 
*References to other places.
 
*Notes about the place.
 
 
== How Are Places Organized in the Catalog?  ==
 
 
The catalog organizes places from the largest jurisdiction in a place-name to the smallest. Generally, the pattern is country, state or province, county (where applicable), city or town. Places in the United States and Canada do not have a country level.
 
 
You do not have to type all of these jurisdictions to find the place you want. To search for a city, for example, you do not need to type the name of the country, state, and county before the name of the city.
 
 
Since many places have the same names, you can limit your search by typing a jurisdiction of the place you want to find in the "Part of" field. For example, you can add the county name to a search when searching for a city or the state when searching for a county.
 
  
 
=== What If I Do Not Find the Place I Want?  ===
 
=== What If I Do Not Find the Place I Want?  ===
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You may not find the place you want for various reasons. Before you conclude that the catalog does not have records for that place, try the following strategies:  
 
You may not find the place you want for various reasons. Before you conclude that the catalog does not have records for that place, try the following strategies:  
  
*Be sure you typed the place-name correctly.  
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*Be sure you typed the place-name correctly.<br>
*If you qualified your search with another jurisdiction, try the search again without this qualification.
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*Search for records using a different jurisdictional level. For example, if you cannot find records for a town, search for county records.
*Search for records using a larger jurisdiction. For example, if you cannot find records for a town, search for county records.
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== How Do I Find Related Places?  ==
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''This suggestion only works with the old FamilySearch.org catalog search and does not apply to the updated FamilySearch.org website.''
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=== How Do I Find Related Places?<br>  ===
  
You can find related places in two ways:
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Sometimes a catalog entry is linked to more than one place. For example, an entry may be linked to several neighboring towns. To find out if a catalog entry is linked to another place, display the title details for the record of interest. If another place is listed, click on it to see information about that place.<br>
  
1. Click the '''View Related Places''' button. This displays:
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''The following suggestions work with the previous FamilySearch.org catalog'''Place Search.'''''<b><br></b>
  
:*The "Part of" field, which lists the jurisdiction the place is part of. For example, this could be a county for a city, or a state or province for a county.
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From the topics page, click the '''View Related Places''' button. This displays:  
:*The "Contains" field, which lists places contained by the place you searched for. For example, if you search for a county, the "Contains" field lists cities in that county.
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2. If the "References" field appears, click on an underlined item in the field <span style="display: none;" id="1237910432708E">&nbsp;</span>
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*The "Part of" field, which lists the jurisdiction that this place is part of. For example, this could be a county for a city, or a state or province for a county.
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*The "Contains" field, which lists places contained by the place you searched for. For example, if you search for a county, the "Contains" field lists cities in that county.
  
Sometimes a catalog entry is linked to more than one place. For example, an entry may be linked to several neighboring towns. To find out if a catalog entry is linked to another place, display the Title Details records for the records linked to the place topic. If another place is listed, click on it to see information about that place.
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=== See also  ===
  
== See also  ==
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[[Ordering Microfilm or Microfiche|Ordering Microfilm or Microfiche to your local Family History Center]]
  
 
[[Locality Subject Subdivisions|Locality Subject Subdivisions]]  
 
[[Locality Subject Subdivisions|Locality Subject Subdivisions]]  

Revision as of 22:31, 29 December 2011

Introduction to the Family History Library Catalog  > Place-name Search

Do a Place-name Search when you want to find records in the collection of the Family History Library by the name of a place (locality) where an ancestor lived.  Microfilms located through this search can then be ordered through your local Family History Center.

Contents

Steps to Search by Place-name

The following steps will help you find records for a specific locality in the Family History Library Catalog.

  1. 'Go to theHistory Library Catalog'.
  2. ("Place-name" is the default search option. If it does not appear, select it from the drop-down menu.)
  3. Type the locality. The catalog orgainzes places from the largest jurisdiction in a place-name to the smallest. Generally, the pattern is country, state or provice, county (where applicable), city or town. Places in the United States and Canada do not have a country level. The locality can be entered in reverse order to obtain the same results.
  4. Click Search (even if the locality was selected from the drop-down menu).
  5. Click a topic, such as Church records. (See also Locality Subject Subdivisions.)
  1. Click a title to see more details.

Strategies for Using a Place-name Search

The names of countries are in English. The names of states, provinces, regions, cities, and other jurisdictions are in the language of the country.

Consider that records are kept at different jurisdictional levels. Search for the town or city if you are looking for records specific to that jurisdiction (cemetery, church, directories, town histories, etc.). Search for the county for records that would cover more than one town or that might be kept by the county government (vital records, court records, land and property records, county histories, etc.). Many important records might be located at the state or provincial level (census, military, state histories, etc.), or even at the country level (census, federal land, citizenship, etc.).

To search for a county, do not type the word "County" as a part of the search term. For example, to find Fairfax county, Virginia, type Fairfax Virginia or Virginia Fairfax in the search field.

If you do not know how to spell the place-name, truncate (shorten) the name or use a wild card character to replace letters you are not sure of.

If a place-name has more than one word, you do not need to type all of the words. Nor do you have to type them in exact order. The computer automatically finds all places with the word or words that you type, no matter where in the place-name they appear. For example, if you type Barton, the computer would find Barton Mills, Barton-on-Irwell, Great Barton, and so forth.

What If I Do Not Find the Place I Want?

You may not find the place you want for various reasons. Before you conclude that the catalog does not have records for that place, try the following strategies:

  • Be sure you typed the place-name correctly.
  • Search for records using a different jurisdictional level. For example, if you cannot find records for a town, search for county records.

How Do I Find Related Places?

Sometimes a catalog entry is linked to more than one place. For example, an entry may be linked to several neighboring towns. To find out if a catalog entry is linked to another place, display the title details for the record of interest. If another place is listed, click on it to see information about that place.

The following suggestions work with the previous FamilySearch.org catalogPlace Search.

From the topics page, click the View Related Places button. This displays:

  • The "Part of" field, which lists the jurisdiction that this place is part of. For example, this could be a county for a city, or a state or province for a county.
  • The "Contains" field, which lists places contained by the place you searched for. For example, if you search for a county, the "Contains" field lists cities in that county.

See also

Ordering Microfilm or Microfiche to your local Family History Center

Locality Subject Subdivisions

Introduction the the Family History Library Catalog

Family History Library Catalog Surname Search

Family History Library Catalog Keyword Search

Family History Library Catalog Title Search

Family History Library Catalog Film or 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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