Thursday, January 27, 2011

Historical Records also points to original images on other sites

In search of a possible Civil War Record for J. K. Vance (James Kincaid Vance)of Abbeville, South Carolina, I started with the Historical Records Collection at FamilySearch Internet.

1. Go to
2. Scroll down to "Browse by location."
3. Select USA, Canada, and Mexico.
Browse by location

4. Scroll down to "South Carolina, Civil War Confederate Service Records, 1861-1865."
5. Notice the camera icon in front of the link. This means the actual image is accessible. Click on the link, "South Carolina, Civil War Confederate Service Records, 1861-1865" to search that collection.

By the way, if you click on the link that says "Learn more," you will be taken to an article which is being developed on FamilySearch Wiki where you can learn more about this collection:

Learn more

6. Enter the the name J. K. Vance in the search field, and click search.
7. Of the four results, two are his son's record, and four are the Confederate Service Record for J. K. Vance.
Results for J. K. Vance in South Carolina, Civil War Confederate Service Records, 1861-1865 collection
 You will notice that the closest matches to your search will appear above the brown bar. The results below the brown bar do not match as closely, but they should not be overlooked.

8. Click on any of the links to see the indexed record.
Indexed Confederate Service Record for J. K. Vance.

9.  In the above screenshot, you will notice a gray box.  It says "An image for this record may be available at: Fees may apply."  Although the image is not available at this time on FamilySearch Internet, it is being made available at Footnote.

If you have a subscription to Footnote, you may proceed to view the image without interruption.  Otherwise, you may contact your local FamilySearch Center.  Many FamilySearch Centers provide free access to Footnote to patrons.  I accessed this record through Footnote.  See Compiled Service Records of J. K. Vance of Abbeville County, South Carolina.

10.  Click on "View Image" below the gray box, and you will be taken Footnote to view the image.

It was so convenient to be able to learn about this record on FamilySearch Internet and to also find out how to access it.

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