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Locating microfilm images (was Re: Bessarabia Revision List and corresponding microfilm image #bessarabia #general) #bessarabia


Alan Shuchat
 

Tammy Weingarten asked how to locate a microfilm image for a Bessarabia revision list. Here are general instructions for finding this and similar images, from Bessarabia and other areas of the Russian Empire.

The JewishGen record contains a microfilm number and numbers that identify the collection in the archive. Here the microfilm number is underlined and you can click on it directly to go to the digitized microfilm at FamilySearch. The collection number, in this case 134/2/330, tells you which part of the microfilm contains the record you want. Sometimes there is an "item number", which serves the same purpose. The black images on the microfilm divide the film into sections, which are identified by the collection or item number. In this case, look for the black image with the number 330.

JewishGen also gives you page and registration numbers. Sometimes the page number is the number in the upper right hand corner of the record book that has been microfilmed and sometimes it is the number of an image in the microfilm. In this case it is page 104 of the record book, so scroll through the microfilm until you see that page. Now look for the record number, in this case 16, and you will find your record. (The microfilm has 1027 images, and this one is image 750.)

If the film number is not underlined, go to FamilySearch.org, choose Search, then Catalog, then Film Number, and enter the number. You'll see a list of films, perhaps with different collection or item numbers. Click the camera icon to open the film and repeat the above steps. See my message #647956 where I gave step-by-step instructions to this kind of question.
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Alan Shuchat
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