Locating available books, microfilms, microfiche or maps for a certain place or subject depends on the depth of the catalog search criteria. The eight basic searches for Place, Surnames, Titles, Author, Subjects, Keywords and Call Number or Film/Fiche Number are demonstrated. Many microfilms have been digitized and thousands of books are available online. Filter the searches to save time and effort with tips on how to use the FamilySearch Catalog.
Sharon D. Monson is a professional genealogist, creator of the Genealogy Kit, and author of Shortcut to Genealogy Sources. She is a frequent presenter at local, state and national conferences. Her extensive research experience in courthouses, repositories and the Family History Library spans 35+ years. Her blog at https://gensearchandmore.com features primary and secondary U. S. genealogical sources and skill-building research tips.