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Research Outlines

We have digitized the FamilySearch Research Outlines and other related reference materials from the BYU Family History Library “Blue Binders.” These reference guides are organized geographically. Although they are now out of print, they still contain relevant information about record types, reference resources, and methodology for genealogy in various geographic areas.

The digital copies are in PDF form and have been annotated to help users make better use of the content. Resources that were available at the BYU Family History Library at the time that these were digitized are highlighted and additional notes about availability, such as film number or call number information, can be seen by hovering with the cursor over the highlighted text. Hyperlinks have been added that link to web sites or to other topics within the current document. (The availability of these resources at the BYU Family History Library may have changed since the time these were digitized.)

NOTE: Much of the content from these research outlines and other guides is now available in the FamilySearch Research Wiki, which may include more comprehensive and current information.

Geographic Regions

Important Links

BYU Library Catalog

BYU Library Catalog

Films

FamilySearch Microfilms & Fiche at BYU

Scanner Reservations

Scanning Equipment

FamilySearch

FamilySearch*

Ancestry.com

Ancestry.com
(BYU campus)

MyHeritage Libarary Edition

MyHeritage
Library Edition
(BYU campus)

Find My Past

Find My Past
(BYU Library)

   
Saints by Sea

Saints by Sea

The Family History Guide

The Family History Guide

County Histories

County Histories
(BYU access)

Fold3.com

Fold3
(BYU access)

WorldVitalRecords.com

Sanborn Maps
(BYU access)

HistoryGeo

HistoryGeo
(BYU access)

Gateway to North America

Gateway to North America
(BYU access)

"BYU access" means that the item is accessible on BYU campus or remotely for logged-in BYU students and faculty. If labeled “BYU campus” then it is available anywhere on BYU campus, but not remotely. "BYU Library" indicates that you may only access the resource while physically at the BYU Library. (If you have a personal account with any of these sites, you can access them anywhere. If so, it is best to access them directly rather than using these links.)

*FamilySearch is accessiable anywhere on the Internet, but many of the images (ca. 25-30%) require viewing at a FamilySearch family history center. BYU Library is also designated as a family history center allowing access to these images.