FamilySearch has a helpful, new feature called Explore Historical Images with nearly 4.5 billion images of historical documents. You’ll need to be logged in with a free FamilySearch account to view these images. They created a database of image collections (image collections are ones that haven’t been made searchable by names because no index has yet been created).

This collection can be searched by a place, date, and record-type which will return a group of image collections, some of which may have been indexed. “Search results are grouped in the images sets that are based on the original book, folder or film reel that they were received in.”

Looking at digitized images is similar to searching with a microfilm reader or fiche reader, it takes time. But with most people still in quarantine due to Covid-19 restrictions, perhaps we have time in abundance.

If you need a map to guide your research, you can also search the OnGenealogy Directory by locale and many of these image only collections will show up for that locale as ‘Locale You Type In Search Window’ Genealogy Records Online at FamilySearch”.

Best with your research!

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