In the past few weeks, you’ve probably noticed a badge like this one on county and state pages in the FamilySearch Wiki. This past weekend, I was looking for information for some of my Ohio ancestors. I was using FamilySearch.org to look for birth, marriage, death, and census records. I found myself getting frustrated, since I had to refine the searches several times to get the records I needed.
After some time, I realized I should be using the resources on the FamilySearch Wiki! I was looking in Lucas County, Ohio. I pulled up that Wiki page and clicked on the badge for Ohio Online Collections. That took me to a page with a list of links to Ohio statewide databases; they were organized by subject. I could click on any of the collections listed and go directly to that particular collection.
Then I could search for the person I needed within that collection. Doing that eliminated refining the search and that process saved me so much time. Some of the links took me to other websites that also proved helpful. If you haven’t tried using this approach when searching for your family, give it a try. I give huge thanks to the Family History Library team who have been putting this information in the Wiki. This is a fantastic tool.
To round out my success for the day, I also found a link (on the Lucas County page) to a newspaper with more than 24,000 issues that had been digitized. With that link, I was able to find several obituaries that I needed. Previously, I had written to a library in Lucas County for an obituary from that newspaper. They very quickly sent a copy of that obituary to me, but it cost me $5.00. With this link, I was able to obtain copies of the obituaries immediately and at no cost.