As many here, I’ve spent hours searching for marriage, birth, and death records that should be in collections at FamilySearch.org and yet I can’t find them. Tonight, I discovered one problem which I thought was contained to Georgia (USA) death records but is not.
Recently, I’ve been working on farming families that all were born, lived, and died within a few counties in Georgia. I discovered that by limiting my search to the state of Georgia within the United States, I’m not seeing thousands of records. Many of the records in births, marriages, and deaths are all locations indexed to be in Continental Europe. Frequently even the quick “events” results that come up next to the search name, will say United States after the location. I have no idea how these records got classified as being in Continental Europe (and other places besides the USA) but they did. Sadly, this is not confined to Georgia. Just checking around, other large collections in Alabama, Iowa, Kentucky, and other states all have this same location problem.
So, heads up. Logically, your man A. Armstrong was born in Alabama and his birth record is in the Alabama birth records collection as he was born in Montgomery co.(sic) just where you’d expect him except, illogically, his birth record is location indexed as the United Kingdom. If you don’t find him where you’d expect in Montgomery County, Alabama, be sure to check the other places his record could be “located” – like Africa, UK, Continental Europe, etc.