Spotlight: The FamilySearch Learning Center – Onsite U.S. Courthouse Research
If you’re looking to expand your access to free resources and records, look no further than the FamilySearch Learning Center! This is a great interactive tool to help you learn more about onsite courthouse research.
FamilySearch boasts an impressive collection of free tools to help anyone learn more about doing family history research. Today we thought we’d highlight a fun interactive video about onsite courthouse research, found HERE.
As a professional and published genealogist, Christine Rose leads viewers on a virtual tour of a typical courthouse, going through metal detectors and into offices and basement archives. The video is interactive and requires viewers to click a mouse and make choices along the way.
Here’s what you see when you arrive at the courthouse and need to enter:
After entering, you meet this guy and have to place your backpack near the scanner:
Christine offers useful advice, such as how to write a synopsis of the research task to be conducted at the courthouse and the best way to request information from a county clerk. Especially instructive is the courthouse map shown just inside the building, which shows the location of each office. By clicking on the map a viewer can learn about which records are available at which office. For example, the interactive map shows that records involving personal rights will be found in the Civil Court Records Office and tax records will be in the Assessor’s Office.
These lessons are both informative and fun, and a great way to introduce newcomers to genealogy or help those wanting to advance to new levels. Way to go FamilySearch! (We’re not affiliated with FamilySearch by the way; we just like them).
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