I read a blog recently that was discussing some old records at an archive, which were being restored so researchers can continue to use them. I was puzzled. Then I read the responses to the blog from subscribers stating how wonderful it would be to have these records available. Some stated the records might help them solve difficult research problems. I was puzzled again.
I was Puzzled
Why was I puzzled? The reason was these records have been on microfilm at the Family History Library, in Salt Lake City, since 1976! Always, consult the FamilySearch Catalog to see if the records you want are there. Often blogs touting a new index or records are now available, have missed the fact that these documents have been accessible for decades.
Perhaps the reason for this is many people do not use or even know about FamilySearch. As a non-profit, it is not commercially advertised nor in the public’s awareness. Yet, it is the second largest online genealogy collection. The Family History Library, as a research center, remains the world’s largest genealogy repository of books, periodicals, microfilm, microfiche and digitized images.
Always Question Blogs
If you ever have a question as to whether something is available, look at the FamilySearch Catalog. You can consult the various record keeping jurisdictions for a locality such as country, state/province, county, town and parish level. If you still don’t find what you are searching for use the Keyword Search or Title Search. This library’s collections are so vast, that often maneuvering through the FamilySearch Catalog becomes part of the research process itself.
So next time something is posted as being new and wonderful, second guess it and go straight to FamilySearch. You may find that the blog could be incorrect, but you have just been handed information about a record source that is already available to you.
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