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How to read a FTS record

From a FTS record you can expect to gain the following information:

  • Contact details (including URL) for the library service
  • Information on the library's family history holdings, including points to note about whether you have to book an appointment/equipment
  • Information on whether research can be carried out for you
  • Further pointers on where to go for information on that area

The top of each FTS record gives you a set of links to the different types of sources listed in each FTS record so you can jump straight to the one you require. For instance you can jump straight to Census Returns or to Other Information.

Within each entry you will find listed the resources held by that library authority. You will not find digitised family history holdings - this database serves as a tool for locating information, not providing it over the Web.

The information is provided by the library authority involved. It is always a good idea to contact the library and check details before you set out for a visit.