11:30AM - 12:30PM
Ins and Outs of Indexes: Keys to Unlocking County and State Records
Indexes for county records are the key to finding deeds, probates and more. As FamilySearch digitizes more and more records, it’s crucial to be familiar with different indexing systems and how to use them. The same skills are necessary for onsite courthouse and archive research. Presentation includes 15+ indexing systems and strategies to use when you can’t find the index or instructions to it.
Intermediate. Online database savvy and can locate/read deeds, vital records, wills, and church records.
Digital Resources: database tools/strategies; web tools (i.e. Google); general interest, Record Types: BMD vital records; church; cemeteries; census/substitutes; military; newspapers/obituaries; occupation; slave; tax; wills/probate; land records, Repositories: brick-and-mortar resources; courthouse; NARA, Research Strategies: site-specific search strategies
Not specific as to geography or ethnicity