document from FamilySearch.org, you really owe it to yourself to find and pull the
original document. That is because an
index page is NOT a SOURCE. Also, the source document may have much more
information than the index that is critical for continuing your research. To
have credible data, you must have the actual source page, [i.e., the actual
census image, vs. the census index page]. Many source images are already online
[i.e., the 1940 census]
from 1,225 archives so far, including nearly 3 billion searchable names. The
number of records is increasing by about 1.1 million records per day with over 300
camera crews in 48 different countries filing records. So you can see that FamilySearch.org is an
invaluable resource for your genealogical activities.
|Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah|
If you have an index but no image is associated with it, it
might be located at the Family History Library (FHL) in Salt Lake City. The FHL is the largest repository in the
world of microfilm, microfiche, books, and other resources (such as maps) for
family history research. Since 1938 FamilySearch has captured 3.1 billion
records, most stored on 2.5 million rolls of microfilm from 202 different
countries. Twenty-three percent of the
images in the Granite Mountain vault have been digitized to date, with the
remaining to be microfilmed in 3 to 4 years.
[Note that “Granite Mountain” is a mass of solid rock one mile up Little
Cottonwood Canyon in the Wasatch Range of Utah, not too far from Salt Lake
City. Despite its name, however, Granite Mountain is primarily composed of
quartz.] Learn more about the FHL.
Catalog. This catalog describes the records in each collection of the FHL. It
tells you which record collections contain the records for your ancestors,
including births, marriages, and deaths; census records; church registers; and
many other records.
Access the FamilySearch catalog.
TO THE ACTUAL “LOOKUP” PROCESS.
or microfilm in the catalog that you need and the SOURCE is NOT online for you to print, you have
three look up options:
record. This option requires you to
travel to Salt Lake City, Utah, which may not be feasible.
view, and capture and/or copy the contents of the desired record. This option is referred to as a “FHL Lookup
Request” and is available for books, microfilm, and microfiche. The research firm Genealogists.com provides this
service for a nominal charge. For those who do
not live in the Salt Lake area, this is the fastest/easiest way to obtain
information from the actual record. Requests
are processed usually within 5 days and
the results are sent to you via e-mail.
magazines, fiche, or film at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City. It’s a simple 2-step process:
2. Send a request to the FHL team of Genealogists.com research professionals by completing the request form.
lookup specialists at Rootsonomy will search the book, film, or fiche for the
requested document and digitally download and e-mail it to you within a couple days.