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Using the Collection

Identify the record to be searched

From the Record Description list, identify the kind of record you would like to search (land, probate, vital records, etc.) and click on the title link to select it. Within each record type are links to individual volumes of records that have been digitized.

Select a Volume

Notice that each volume has a timeframe listed, and that some timeframes overlap other volumes (especially birth records and birth affidavits, which are a form of delayed birth record). Some collections list two date ranges: when the event occurred, and when it was recorded, for example, Affidavits to Birth, Vol. 6 (1869-1935) [1943].

Check the surname index

At the front of most volumes, there is an index page for each letter of the alphabet. Entries in that volume are recorded by surname on the page representing the first initial of the last name, but are not listed in alphabetical order.

Find the image

If you find you ancestor’s name in the index, make note of the page number listed. Start searching individual images beginning approximately 30 images after the page number listed by typing a number in the Image number box at the top right of the screen.  The image may be several images before or after the page you first select.  Use the arrows to page through the images.