Tuesday, May 3, 2011

FamilySearch Feature - Books

FamilySearch keeps adding pieces of their resources to the FamilySearch web page - recently they added a "Books" link to their home page:

The "Books" link is to the right of the "Catalog" link in the menu line below the "Discover Your Family History" title.  Clicking on "Books" opens information below the menu line:

The information says that:

The Brigham Young University Family History Archive has produced a valuable collection of scanned historical books.

"This collection includes:

  • Histories of families
  • County and local histories
  • How-to books on genealogy
  • Genealogy magazines
  • Periodicals (including some international)
  • Medieval books (including histories and pedigrees)
  • Gazetteers "
Clicking the BYU Archive link takes the user to:

There are currently 17,777 works in this digital book archive.  The page above has a relatively simple set of search fields - Surname, Author and Title.  The information for the holdings at this digital archive says:

"The Family History Archive is a collection of published genealogy and family history books. The archive includes histories of families, county and local histories, how-to books on genealogy, genealogy magazines and periodicals (including some international), medieval books (including histories and pedigrees), and gazetteers. It also includes some specialized collections such as the Filipino card collection and the “Liahona Elders Journal.” The books come from the collections of the FamilySearch Family History Library, the Allen County Public Library, the Houston Public Library – Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research, the Mid-Continent Public Library – Midwest Genealogy Center, the BYU Harold B. Lee Library, the BYU Hawaii Joseph F. Smith Library, and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Church History Library."

There is an Advanced Search link, which looks like this:

The Keyword searches include "All the words," "The exact phrase," "Any of the words" and "None of the words."

I solved a significant mystery using this collection today - it was just luck, and trying a search term combination.  More later! 

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