Saturday, May 18, 2024

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun -- Use FamilySearch Full-Text Search

 Calling all Genea-Musings Fans: 

 It's Saturday Night Again - 

Time For Some More Genealogy Fun!!

Come on, everybody, join in and accept the mission and execute it with precision. 

1)  Use the FREE FamilySearch Full-Text Search ( to find a record for one of your ancestors that is new to you.

2)  Share your results on your own blog or in a Facebook post.  Please share a link in Comments on this post if you write your own post.

Here's mine:

I finally made a list of ancestors that might have land records, and where they resided as adults.  I already have quite a few so I had to dig deeper into the 4th great-grandparents.

One of my ancestors that I already had one land deed for was Josiah Sawtell (or Sartell) (1768-1847) of Hillsborough County, New Hampshire and Townsend, Massachusetts.  I didn't have any deeds from his years in New Hampshire, so I checked the FamilySearch Full-Text Search for him using quotation marks around his name and filtering down to Hillsborough County, New Hampshire:

When I click on the link to the record (in red above) I can see the record in the deed book for Hillsborough County, New Hampshire in 1827:

From the screen above, I can zoom in to read the deed, I can download it to my computer to save it, I can read the AI transcript of the whole page, and find the source citation for the page in the "Group" link at the top right.

All in all, I found five deeds in this search that were for "my" Josiah Sawtell (surprisingly, I found none for Josiah "Sartell" - I thought I would find some).  These will be blog fodder for me in the Amanuensis Monday series.

What can you find for your ancestors in Full-Text Search?


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Lisa S. Gorrell said...

Squeezed this in between NGS Conference sessions.

ByAPearl said...

This is my result:

Janice M. Sellers said...

Boy, was this frustrating.

Linda Stufflebean said...

I've been out getting some yardwork done before it gets too hot! Here's mine: