Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Tuesday's Tip - Use the FamilySearch Library Catalog and FHL Microforms

This week's Tuesday's Tip is to:  Use the FamilySearch Library Catalog (formerly the Family History Library Catalog) to find resources that are located at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, or on microfilm or microfiche that can be ordered at a local LDS FamilySearch Center.  Order microfilm or microfiche for those items of interest to you in your family history and genealogy research.

To reiterate an earlier Tuesday's Tip - all of the information you need to research your genealogy is not online, and it never will be!  There is a wealth of material from all parts of the world available on microfilm or microfiche at the FamilySearch Library. 

Some of the most useful records that can be obtained to perform a Reasonably Exhaustive Search are vital, probate, land, tax, town, church and similar county and state records.  These are available in the FamilySearch Library Catalog for many counties, states and countries, and are not available, in general terms, in online historical record databases. 

Ordering the microfilms and microfiches at a local FamilySearch Center can provide valuable research evidence for your elusive ancestors, but they cost about $6 for a limited time to review them.  However, for me, that is more time efficient and cost efficient than going to Salt Lake City for a week or more at the Family History Library. The exception is if you need to access a large number of different microfilms - that is when you go to SLC.

The good news is that in the future a researcher will be able to browse through many of the microfilmed records on the FamilySearch.org website.  There may even be indexes for the records.  But there are few of the probate, land, tax, and town records available online at present.

Am I preaching to the choir here?

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

No way are you just preaching to the choir! I had no idea so much was available that is relavant to what I am doing now. I thought for sure nothing would be there I was interested in. Thanks for this challenge!