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    For over 100 years, FamilySearch and its predecessors have been actively gathering, preserving, and sharing genealogical records worldwide.

    Access to unrestricted FamilySearch records is freely available from any web-enabled device. As a FamilySearch Affiliate Library, Appleton Public Library is able to provide access to around 400 million restricted FamilySearch records while using the site in the library.

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    To determine if a record is only viewable in the library, look for the records that contain a camera and a key above it. A camera with a key icon indicates that access to an image is restricted, and is a record that can be seen only at an affiliate library or a family history center. To view these restricted records, you will need to access them on a library computer terminal.

    For the best user experience, it is recommended that you create a FREE account through FamilySearch. Please see this detailed user guide for even more help: Family Search user guide

    If you have a record that is not accessible at an affiliate library

    Request look up of the record through the Family History Library Record Lookup Service.

    Fill out the form with your specific request and FamilySearch will send you the image of the record you’re looking for after a short wait. Please be aware that you need to be specific as possible since they are unable, due to copyright restrictions, to copy a large number of pages from any one film or book.