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How to use collections that say "browse images" in Historical Records
Symptoms (Problems)
  • What does "browse images" mean?

  • How do I go about browsing images?

  • What are browse points?

Answer (Resolution)

Some collections are tagged as Browse images. They are collections that contain images, but no index. Instead the images have been grouped, often by localities, dates, or record types, to make searching possible. 




Upon finding a Browse images collection, such as "North Carolina, Davidson County Vital Records, 1867-1984," click on the name of the collection.


This will open a page including a collection Description and Source information. Click on Browse through 79,128 images.



As the collection is opened, the largest grouping will be displayed--in this instance, Record Type. Clicking on Death Records will display the additional grouping by years and volumes. Some collections may have several additional groups of choices before selecting an image. Each of these choices, called browse points, is a way of identifying a grouping of images within the collection so that the time spent browsing through the images is lessened.


Browse points are the means used to create a logical hierarchy for a record collection. For example, a census would most likely be broken into counties and then cities so the records can be located when an index is not available. Transcripts may be browse pointed by town, parish, year range, and then record type. 






The banner of browse points stays on the screen as the image opens, which allows stepping back through the choices made in the collection without starting completely over. The example below shows that the indexer is looking at an image from the North Carolina, Davidson County Vital Records, 1867-1984; Death Records; 1915, Vol 002. The browse point trail can be used to navigate to earlier levels of browse points in order to move from year to year, for instance.



See the related document 111421, "Why do I see numbers and not localities when I browse?"   


Rotating, Inverting, and Finding an Image:

Read more about rotating an image in document 101721.

Read more about inverting an image in document 106470.

Read more about moving between images in document 107582.


To review the browse process, please view Browsing Record Collections, found in the Finding Records section of the FamilySearch Website Video Demonstrations.

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