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# Wednesday, June 23, 2010
Tried the Free FamilySearch Record Databases Lately?
Posted by Diane

FamilySearch sent out an announcement that it’s added millions of names and digital images in 29 collections at the FamilySearch Record Search Pilot Site.

The same content is searchable at FamilySearch Beta, where a new interface and search options are being tested. Click Show Advanced to see all the search fields, which include birth and death year and place, as well as information about parents and spouse. You also can add year ranges designate search terms as exact.

I searched for the same ancestor on both sites, and the beta site seemed to do a better job of weeding out irrelevant results.

Many of the new records are international, comprising church, civil registration or census records from Costa Rica, France, Hungary, Mexico and Spain. In addition, the 1910 US census index grew by nine more states.

In all, the site has 428 record collections and counting. You can see them listed both on the Record Search Pilot and on FamilySearch Beta site.

You can get help using the genealogical resources of FamilySearch on FamilyTreeMagazine.com:


FamilySearch | Free Databases | Genealogy Web Sites
Wednesday, June 23, 2010 12:42:52 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [4]
Wednesday, June 23, 2010 1:38:34 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)
Have you had any problems viewing images lately? I use the Michigan Marriages database which used to have all the images at Record Search. However, they now are no longer available and direct you to the FS Beta site. That site has an icon that looks like a photo next to the record, which would seem like you could access the image - however, I can find no way to view the original image.

I hope FamilySearch hasn't taken down the images.
Wednesday, June 23, 2010 3:15:05 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)
Hi, Steve,
I tried a search on the pilot site an received a message that the image is currently unavailable. I have a feeling it's just maintenance--I doubt FamilySearch would permanently remove images--but I sent an e-mail and I'll let you know what I find out.
Diane
Diane
Thursday, June 24, 2010 2:52:40 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)
Hi, Steve,
I heard back from FamilySearch spokesperson Paul Nauta--he said the image issues in the Michigan marriages database are a "hiccup" resulting from the last update, and they're working on getting them back online. They should be available soon!
Diane
Diane
Monday, June 28, 2010 8:34:09 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)
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