Quick Tip: Finding Original Records from Indexes at FamilySearch

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Have you ever found an index record at FamilySearch and really wanted to see the original document?  There's a way to do that.

  1. Make a note from the the index record of the film number and reference ID (this can be the certificate number or image number)
  2. Click "Search" at the very top of the screen to show the menu
  3. Click on "Catalog" from that menu
  4. Click on "Film/Fiche Number" under Search For:
  5. Type the film number from the index record in the FIlm/Fiche Number box that opens and click search
  6. Click on the link to bring up the Catalog Entry page
    1. There may be a Notes section with red lettering saying "xxxx are available online, click here." Ignore that if you have already looked at the index record.
  7. Scroll down until you find the film number that was on the index record.
  8. Look at the icons at the far right of each film record.
  9. Click the camera icon on the line for the film number you are interested in. Sometimes the camera won't be there but check back often. They keep showing up as more records get digitized.
  10. A screen will appear with lots of thumbnails
  11. Scroll through until you find the image that corresponds to the index record

If you haven't found an index record, you can sometimes find the certificate anyway. Use the same instructions as above with three changes.

  1. At step 4 above, click the "Keywords" link under Search By:
  2. Type what you're looking for in the Keywords box that appears and click search (i.e. Florida Hillsborough marriage)
  3. Look through the results for interesting collections (there may be more than one). Continue at step 6 above
in The Tree House by Debi Hoag G2G6 Pilot (412k points)

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Thanks Debi,   I'll have a go at that !!
by Maria Maxwell G2G6 Pilot (194k points)

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