Local Record Collections in Ancestry.com  

Record collections in Ancestry.com can be international, national, state-wide, or local in scope. Find a Grave, for example, is international in scope, while the 1920 Federal Population Census is national in scope. Other collections concentrate on records of just one state—for example, Missouri Marriage Records, 1805-2002.

Some collections, however, concentrate things even further—to the county or even city level. Several examples of city record collections:

Chicago, Illinois Voter Registrations, 1890
St. Louis City Death Records, 1850-1902

You are more likely to find a county record collection than a city record collection, however, although the number of county record collections available per state also varies greatly. For example, title searches in Ancestry.com’s Card Catalog discovered the following number of county-specific record collections for the states in question:

Missouri  101
Indiana  56
Illinois  46
Kansas  29
Arkansas  8
Iowa  7
Nebraska  5
Mississippi  3

If a state of interest proves deficient in local record collections, it is still possible that you will find the information you seek in state-wide or national record collections. Here is a possible search strategy (use the Card Catalog to find collections of interest):

First try the city level
Next try the county level
Next try the state-wide level
Next try the national level
Next try the international level

Now, should none of these searches produce the desired result, wait a week and try again—Ancestry.com adds an average of two million records PER DAY to its website.

You can use Ancestry.com at Central Library or any of our other Library locations

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