FamilySearch Library Catalog

December 28th, 2010

As many of you may know,, has had a facelift and I’m liking it!

From the home page you have several options each of which will be determined by your reason for visiting the website. I admit that heretofore my principal reason for visiting was to use the “Library Catalog” (new look demonstrated herein), but now I’m sure I’ll frequently use the site to use “Historical Records” – more about that in a subsequent post. For now let’s look at some screen shots illustrating the Library Catalog.

The Library Catalog is more user friendly. By way of example, a search place-names for “New Hampshire, Merrimack” produces the results seen below.

One thing that is so great is that you can search for a different “place-name” etc. from this very screen without having to go back one or more pages to select another search.

You’ll notice that the number of items in each category is listed in parenthesis following the category. Notice that there are three items under “New Hampshire, Merrimack – Court Records.” Selecting Court Records yields the following (a fly-out menu of sorts)

Once again you’ll notice you can change your search terms without having to hit back error of your browser three or four times. In order to learn more detail about a particular entry, click on the item of interest. For the sake of illustration, I selected the third choice “Court Records.” The results is easy to read and understand. The screen shot I’m offering here is only the top part of the view.

It will be necessary to scroll down the page to see additional information including “Film Notes” that provide the title and FHL microfilm number. Although one cannot conduct a new search from this screen, the “back to search results” link under the title, “Court records” will take you to that option.

Try it!  You’ll like it!

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