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''[[Principles of Family History Research|Principles of Family History Research]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]'' '''Step 4. Obtain and Search the Records'''<br>  
  
 
'''Step 4: Obtain and search the records.'''  
 
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*(2) photocopies (or notes) of the records found.
 
*(2) photocopies (or notes) of the records found.
  
You may be able to obtain most records from several different repositories. Also, understanding different search tactics can help increase your choices of success.  
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You may be able to obtain most records from several different repositories or online resources. Also, understanding different search tactics can help increase your choices of success.  
  
 
=== Table of Contents for Step 4. Obtain and Search the Records  ===
 
=== Table of Contents for Step 4. Obtain and Search the Records  ===
  
1 [[Obtain the Records|Obtain the Records]]  
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1 [[Obtain the Records|Obtain the Records]]<br>
  
:1.1 [[Obtain the Records#Family_History_Library|Family History Library]]  
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:1.1 [[Obtain the Records#Internet_Resources|Internet Resources]]
:1.2 [[Obtain the Records#Family_History_Centers|Family History Centers]]  
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:1.2 [[Obtain the Records#Family_History_Library|Family History Library]]  
:1.3 [[Obtain the Records#Other_Research_Libraries|Other Research Libraries]]  
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:1.3 [[Obtain the Records#Family_History_Centers|Family History Centers]]  
:1.4 [[Obtain the Records#Local_Libraries|Local Libraries]]  
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:1.4 [[Obtain the Records#Other_Research_Libraries|Other Research Libraries]]  
::1.4.1 [[Obtain the Records#Interlibrary_Loan|Interlibrary Loan]]
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:1.5 [[Obtain the Records#Local_Libraries|Local Libraries]]  
:1.5 [[Obtain the Records#Original_Record_Holder|Original Record Holder]]  
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::1.4.1 [[Obtain the Records#Interlibrary_Loan|Interlibrary Loan]]  
::1.5.1 [[Obtain the Records#Courthouses_and_Government_Offices|Courthouses and Government Offices]]
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:1.6 [[Obtain the Records#Original_Record_Holder|Original Record Holder]]  
:1.6 [[Obtain the Records#Archives|Archives]]  
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::1.6.1 [[Obtain the Records#Courthouses_and_Government_Offices|Courthouses and Government Offices]]  
:1.7 [[Obtain the Records#Societies|Societies]]  
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:1.7 [[Obtain the Records#Archives|Archives]]  
:1.8 [[Obtain the Records#Publishers_and_Booksellers|Publishers and Booksellers]]  
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:1.8 [[Obtain the Records#Societies|Societies]]  
:1.9 [[Obtain the Records#Periodicals|Periodicals]]  
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:1.9 [[Obtain the Records#Publishers_and_Booksellers|Publishers and Booksellers]]  
:1.10 [[Obtain the Records#E-mail and Correspondence|E-mail and Correspondence]]
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:1.10 [[Obtain the Records#Periodicals|Periodicals]]  
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:1.11 [[Obtain the Records#E-mail_and_Correspondence|E-mail and Correspondence]]<br><br>
  
 
2 [[View the Records|View the Records]]  
 
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:2.1 [[View the Records#Format_and_Equipment|Format and Equipment]]  
 
:2.1 [[View the Records#Format_and_Equipment|Format and Equipment]]  
 
:2.2 [[View the Records#Read_and_Interpret_the_Records|Read and Interpret the Records]]  
 
:2.2 [[View the Records#Read_and_Interpret_the_Records|Read and Interpret the Records]]  
:2.2.1 [[View the Records#Formats_of_Records|Formats of Records]]
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3 [[Search the Records|Search the Records]]  
 
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:3.5 [[Search the Records#Be_Thorough|Be Thorough]]  
 
:3.5 [[Search the Records#Be_Thorough|Be Thorough]]  
 
:3.6 [[Search the Records#Know_Limitations|Know Limitations]]  
 
:3.6 [[Search the Records#Know_Limitations|Know Limitations]]  
:3.7 [[Search the Records#Multiple_Families|Multiple Families]]
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:3.7 [[Search the Records#Multiple_Families|Multiple Families]]<br><br>
  
 
4 [[Record the Results|Record the Results]]  
 
4 [[Record the Results|Record the Results]]  
  
 
:4.1 [[Record the Results#If_the_Search_Result_Is_Negative|If the Search Result Is Negative]]  
 
:4.1 [[Record the Results#If_the_Search_Result_Is_Negative|If the Search Result Is Negative]]  
:4.2 [[Record the Results#If_the_Search_Result_Is_Positive|If the Search Result Is Positive]]
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:4.2 [[Record the Results#If_the_Search_Result_Is_Positive|If the Search Result Is Positive]]<br><br>
  
<br>{{Principles}}  
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[[Category:Obtain_and_Search_the_Records|Obtain_and_Search_the_Records]]
 
[[Category:Obtain_and_Search_the_Records|Obtain_and_Search_the_Records]]

Revision as of 14:40, 11 December 2011

Principles of Family History Research Gotoarrow.png Step 4. Obtain and Search the Records

Step 4: Obtain and search the records.

If you have effectively completed earlier steps, you are now ready for the most exciting and rewarding step of finding and searching the records.

By the end of this step you should have:

  • (1) your research findings recorded in your research log and
  • (2) photocopies (or notes) of the records found.

You may be able to obtain most records from several different repositories or online resources. Also, understanding different search tactics can help increase your choices of success.

Table of Contents for Step 4. Obtain and Search the Records

1 Obtain the Records

1.1 Internet Resources
1.2 Family History Library
1.3 Family History Centers
1.4 Other Research Libraries
1.5 Local Libraries
1.4.1 Interlibrary Loan
1.6 Original Record Holder
1.6.1 Courthouses and Government Offices
1.7 Archives
1.8 Societies
1.9 Publishers and Booksellers
1.10 Periodicals
1.11 E-mail and Correspondence

2 View the Records

2.1 Format and Equipment
2.2 Read and Interpret the Records
2.2.1 Formats of Records

3 Search the Records

3.1 Look for Indexes
3.2 Search for the Whole Family
3.3 Surname Searches
3.4 Establish Search Ranges
3.5 Be Thorough
3.6 Know Limitations
3.7 Multiple Families

4 Record the Results

4.1 If the Search Result Is Negative
4.2 If the Search Result Is Positive