More Live! From the Family History Library…

What a week of discovery we are all having.  Including me and other consultants and attendees at the Family History Expos April Research Retreat

  1. The 194o Census.  At the general information desk in the lobby of the Family History Library, a special television monitor has been set up to show the progress of indexing the 1940 entries–state by state.  For example Oregon is 98% indexed as of noon today.  Utah is very close to 100% indexed.  And so on.  In my next blog, I will report on those states that are finished.  I was told originally that Nevada and Delaware were completed–Nevada is 96% complete and Delaware is finished.  
  2. The Family History Library holds 356,000 books;  2.4 million reels of microfilm;  3,725 electronic resources (digitized records and CD’s) most of which are available to you through 4,600 local family history centers in 127 countries.  The whole thought is mind-boggling!
  3. Special segments of research being done by attendees include–Susquehanna Company Land Records kept by both Pennsylvania and  Connecticut.  Irish estate records.  Civil War records including the membership records of the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR).  Guion Miller Rolls for Cherokee claims.  German farm records and churchbooks.  Norwegian churchbooks and passenger lists.  And on and on.

Each day unrolls a new record challenge from this magnificent and often under-used collection of genealogy resources.  Stay tuned for some more detailed and in-depth descriptions of the records I discover each and every time I read the catalog.

The Catalog of the Family History  Library is a vast record bibliography for all kinds of record categories and many types of genealogy media.  In my humble opinion, this catalog is the first place to look for a potential genealogy breakthrough because of the statistics which I gave  in #2 above.  Check to see if the record you need is available and in what media it can be found.  Then check your library resources close to your own home and online at various genealogy sites you frequent.  Watch for new indexes and finding aids to previously unindexed sources to save you search time. 

And if you can, plan to be a part of the October 2012 Research Retreat–where I will take you by the hand and lead you to your ancestors.  Or one of us will!

Your favorite genealogist, Arlene Eakle

PS  I was told by an avid researcher that I should stay home and write more on my blogs.  Since my travel is less in May, watch for more information on all of my blogs and a launch date for my new blog on the Scots-Irish.

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2 Responses to More Live! From the Family History Library…

  1. jacknovicki says:

    Hi Arlene:

    Love your blog… My wife and I decided we would attend the October, “Family History Expo” until we looked at the registration form and noted that there was NO refund policy. We had already spoken to the hotel and they would allow you to cancel up to 3 days before the first date of our stay.

    If for example you became seriously ill a month or so before the Expo you would be out $800.00 with no recourse.

    I find this bazaar.

    Regards, Jack Novicki

  2. arlene says:

    Dear Jack, Actually, while there is a no refund policy–which is common for training programs of all kinds–Holly Hansen the CEQ of Family History Expos does allow you to move your registration to the next Retreat. You don’t miss out on being able to attend a training program. This is an exception to the policies of most other programs.

    And we would love to have you and your wife attend a retreat with us. The Retreat for October 2012 is just about at capacity–with some 30 students already signed up. We have added additional professional staff to accommodate this large a group.

    And the April 2013 Retreat already has registrants signed on.

    The demand for help tracing a family tree seems to be growing apace–and how exciting that is for me. I get to participate in each retreat–conducting classes and consulting with attendees. Actually, I take you by the hand and lead you to the records that chronicle the lives of your ancestors. What other job could I have that would be more rewarding?

    Hope you will re-consider and attend a retreat in the future.

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