will be from Sunday, May 24 to Sunday, May 30. These dates follow the dates of
the National Genealogical Society’s Conference. If you would like to attend the
conference, too, you will need to book your own hotel for those dates. Now,
you’re probably asking “Why would I want to go to the Family History Library?
Isn’t it all online now?” Yes, it is true that FamilySearch has been
digitizing their collected records and putting images online, but they are far
from putting it all online. Let’s talk about their collection:
digitized. Books that have been recently published are still under copyright
laws. Even if a book is digitized, only one person can view it at a time. Your
chances are greater viewing a physical copy at the library.
They are having a hard time getting blank microfilm and it is very expensive.
Also, the microfilm machines are getting old and it’s difficult to find parts
to repair them. So digitizing the film is a win-win situation for the library.
However, some of the original repositories where the records were filmed the have
not given permission to publish the images online. Therefore, the only place
you can view some “digitized” films is on computers at the Library itself, or
perhaps at local Family History centers. This will also include microfiche.
trip to the Family History Library?
Six days of distraction-free research
Six days where you didn’t have to do household chores
Six days of being with others who share your enthusiasm
for genealogy research
Research assistance from the leader (me) or one of the
experts at the library (especially at the foreign language floors)
Check the FHL catalog
for the records and books that
are available at the library for each locality. Some items may be available online, but if there is a
“key” symbol next to the film number, that film can only be viewed at the FHL
or at a Family History Center.
|This symbol indicates records
that may only be viewed in a library
view, then it may be worthwhile to make the trip with CGS.
Lisa Gorrell. You will also be able to have
consultations during the trip at the library.
research. We have three planned joint meals together, and every day we get together
for lunch and dinner at a variety of places. It’s a great time to share our
successes and get help with our research issues.
are limited spaces, so be sure to register soon!
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