How to Get the Most From Historical Records Searches

As the largest free genealogy website—which is rapidly adding historical record images— should be a frequent stop for any family historian. And don’t let the simplicity of the search form fool you: As I share in the Unofficial Guide to (Family Tree Books), there’s much more under the hood here to help you ferret out your ancestors’ records from the gazillions in the site’s collections.

Let me introduce you to tricks for searching the historical records databases on Family­ and arm you with strategies for finding the family history records you need.

Read the full excerpt from Unofficial Guide to to learn how to capitalize on your searches of’s historical records databases.


Dana McCullough is a freelance writer and editor who frequently writes, edits, copy-edits, and proofreads content for magazines, blogs, websites, books, and more. She is the owner of Dana’s Creative Services and author of the Unofficial Guide to Twitter:@DanasCreative

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