Reader Saskey commented: "I have found 'Browse Images' for areas of interest, but I find it a bit daunting beyond the "Browse through 1,459,098 images" page (with no index)."
I completely understand the statement and initially felt the same way when I first saw the number of images listed in a collection. However, once a user figures out the main steps of finding records, it becomes manageable, but you need a lot of practice to be proficient at it.
For my New York Research workshop and research group participants, I made a step-by-step description of how I search New York probate records, but in a fairly generic way.
I thought my Genea-Musings readers, including Saskey, might benefit from the list:
Now 24 steps may seem a bit daunting (again and still), this is the process I use. I tried to identify each step in the process without being overly specific about the examples. You can see some examples of following these procedures in my blog posts for:
* Finding Genealogy Gems in the New York Probate Records on FamilySearch (8 April 2014)
* Finding James Vaux Probate Records in Erie County, New York (5 July 2012).
I've done similar searches in Pennsylvania for:
* Pennsylvania Probate Records on FamilySearch! (27 June 2012)
NOTE: If you want a PDF of my two page step-by-step process above, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and put "New York Probate step-by-step" in the title and i'll try to respond as quickly as possible (I'm away almost every day this week doing something with the grandgirls).
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