Friday, April 9, 2010

Ogden Regional Family History Center -- lots of space to work

Those living north of Salt Lake City -- maybe even those from Idaho and Wyoming -- might be interested to learn about the Ogden Regional Family History Center, which is said to be the second largest, outside of Salt Lake. An article on Standard.net, "Ogden's family history center the largest outside Salt Lake,"has grown from a "50-volunteer staff and 15-computer facility . . . to include nearly 300 volunteers and 140 computers." 

But if you're coming very far, it might be good to check on what they have available -- not every Family History Center has access to the same online databases as the Family History Library nor the stacks of books and bins of microfilm not yet been digitized. Going the extra distance could prove beneficial, depending on your needs.

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Thursday, August 6, 2009

What's new at your local Family History Center? — in a word, LOTS

A recent article on TCPalm.com, "Mormon Family History Centers get trove of new documents," reports how LDS Family History Centers (and consequently their patrons) are proving the beneficiary of the Church's new indexing program. "Among the new databases: the 1915 Rhode Island state census; Mexican Catholic Church records dating back to 1627; Delaware birth records from 1861 to 1908; and Canadian censuses from 1851, 1861 and 1871." The article goes on to say, "Although it has become increasingly easy to research ancestors from the comfort of a home computer through Web sites such as Ancestry.com, the Mormon Family History Centers have access to microfilm and international collections that are unavailable on many of these sites, said Paul Nauta, public affairs manager of FamilySearch.org." And the real beauty of the Family History Center is there's one near you -- there are 4,500 Mormon Family History Centers around the world, including the main Family History Library in Salt Lake City, which is visited by more than 2,000 people a day. 

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Thursday, June 25, 2009

The Wonders of the Family History Center

Almost anyone who has done genealogy for awhile has either heard about or utilized one of the many Family History Centers to be found around the world. In her article, "The Wonders of the Family History Center," Judy Rosella Edwards explores the role of the local Family History Center today, when so much information is available online so easily accessed in the comfort of one's own home. Considering the vast archive from which the Family History Center draws and the many services it provides, it is not likely to become outdated anytime soon. 

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