If you haven’t visited Family Search lately–like in the last year or so, it’s time to revisit. Besides their total site redesign last year, they’ve made their wiki articles simpler to search (or maybe it’s just me!). It’s now easier to build your family tree, they’ve added the ability to upload photos, a big plus. Always interested in seeing what my relatives looked like.

One of the things I recently learned was how to search specific Published Collections. After you click search, perhaps you’ve only filled in the search boxes at the top of your screen and scrolled through the results, maybe not finding your relative. Or giving up because there are so many hits.

Scroll down past their main search boxes to Browse All Published Collections. Choose your location, say Minnesota. Currently they have 23 different Minnesota Historical Record Collections. Let’s say you’re searching for a marriage record. There are three different collections:

  1. Minnesota, County Marriages, 1860-1949
  2. Minnesota, Marriage Index, 1958-2001
  3. Minnesota, Marriages, 1849-1950

Pick the collection that matches your ancestors and fill in your search criteria. Bet your results will be more pertinent.