Browse Images Record Collections in FamilySearch.org

FamilySearch is a non-profit genealogy organization that provides free access to billions of genealogical records from around the world. Some of its record collections are indexed and searchable; others are not indexed and therefore can only be browsed, not searched. But sometimes those Browse Images records are the ones that you need to break through…
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U.K., City and County Directories, 1600s-1900s

This record collection in Ancestry Library Edition (Ancestry LE) consists of directories for the Channel Islands, England, Isle of Man, Scotland, and Wales from the 1600s to the 1900s (most 1820-1940). Various types of directories are included: Street: lists residents, businesses, and tradesmen according to street address Commercial: primarily an alpha list of retail and…
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U.S., War Department, Press Releases and Related Records, 1942-1945

Did your ancestor’s war story make the papers? This record collection in Ancestry Library Edition (Ancestry LE) consists of press releases created by the U.S. Army’s Ground Special Information Section and sent to newspapers for publication in the United States. Many press releases tell stories of meritorious service by individual soldiers, while a lesser number…
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The Name Game

You have likely met persons with first names that you would consider exotic or unusual. Well, I can do you one better. While researching a patron question earlier this week, I ran across this name: Murder Johnson That’s right—first name Murder, last name Johnson. So, who names their child Murder, you may well ask? As…
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U.S. Phone and Address Directories, 1993-2002

This record collection in Ancestry Library Edition (Ancestry LE) is a compilation of U.S. phone directories from 1993-2002. Telephone directories can be useful as locators of adults in a specific time and place, and are especially useful for twentieth-century family research. You can also use this record collection to search for living cousins with unusual…
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U.S. Southern Claims Commission Master Index, 1871-1880

In 1871 the U.S. government created the Southern Claims Commission, an organization via which Southerners could file claims for reimbursement of personal property losses experienced during the Civil War. Claims could be filed by residents of these states: Alabama Arkansas Florida Georgia Louisiana Mississippi North Carolina South Carolina Tennessee Texas Virginia West Virginia (part of…
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Searching Early St. Louis Records for Deaths by Drowning

The following record collection in Ancestry Library Edition (Ancestry LE) covers nearly all deaths recorded in the Death Registry Books for St. Louis during the period August 1850 through December 1902: St. Louis, Missouri, Death Records, 1850-1902 Statewide registration of deaths was not required in Missouri until 1910, only about 60 percent of St. Louis…
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State Hospital Cemeteries

While it can be very difficult (because of privacy concerns) to secure medical records of persons who were confined to state hospitals due to mental illnesses, it is often possible to locate a burial record for a person who died while a resident at a state hospital. Numerous records of state hospital cemeteries in many…
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Searching Early St. Louis Death Records for African American Deaths

The following record collection in Ancestry Library Edition (Ancestry LE) covers nearly all deaths recorded in the Death Registry Books for St. Louis during the period August 1850 through December 1902: St. Louis, Missouri, Death Records, 1850-1902 Note: Statewide registration of deaths was not required in Missouri until 1910, so only about 60 percent of…
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U.S. Military Academy Cemeteries

The recent death of Senator John McCain is helping to publicize the fact that several of our nation’s military academies have cemeteries on their grounds. As it happens, you can search for burials in these military academy cemeteries in this Ancestry Library Edition (Ancestry LE) record collection: U.S., Find a Grave Index, 1600s-Current Records are…
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