Your Guide to the Family History Library

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The Family History Library is the largest collection of genealogy and family history materials in the world. This guide will help you use the library's resources effectively, both on-site and online. Professional genealogists Paula and Jim Warren provide the information you need, including: Tips for making the most of your limited research time; Guidelines for accessing the library collection, including FamilySearch online and more than 3,400 Family History Centers worldwide; Overviews of Family History Library ...
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Overview

The Family History Library is the largest collection of genealogy and family history materials in the world. This guide will help you use the library's resources effectively, both on-site and online. Professional genealogists Paula and Jim Warren provide the information you need, including: Tips for making the most of your limited research time; Guidelines for accessing the library collection, including FamilySearch online and more than 3,400 Family History Centers worldwide; Overviews of Family History Library records, including major U.S. and world collections; Guidelines for handling foreign records, including tips for getting one-on-one translation assistance and using FHL resources to do your own translations Research tips to help you locate resources, and organize your workday and materials; A traveler's guide to Salt Lake City, including information on directions, weather, handicapped access, transportation services, accommodations, restaurants, attractions, and other area research repositories; Additional research options that you can use without going to Salt Lake City, including publications, societies, classes, online sources, conferences, and seminars; Advice for using what you've learned once your trip is complete.

Each topic is discussed in a clear, friendly style -- just as if you were taking part in your own private genealogy session.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781558705784
  • Publisher: F+W Media, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/28/2001
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 8.52 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Part 1 Starting Points and Basic Information 3
1 What Is the Family History Library? 4
Why do people go there? Discusses the depth of the collection and a brief history of the library
2 Basics of Family History Research 12
Beginning/refresher Strategies. Basic sources for genealogical help and information, publications, societies, classes, online sources, conferences, and seminars. What real research is
Part 2 Access to the Library Collection 21
3 FamilySearch Internet Genealogy Service 22
Internet access to information about genealogy and the collection. FamilySearch databases and resources
4 Other Sources for Family History Library Information 35
Online and published information about the collections, FHL, and Family History Centers. FHL publications and other sources
5 The Family History Library Catalog 44
Using the catalog to uncover records in the FHL collections
6 Family History Centers 56
Accessing the FHL records from where you live using the 3,400 FHCs worldwide
7 Going to Salt Lake City 61
The ultimate research trip. Preparing in advance for that trip. Trip-planning strategies and tips. What to do before you go and what to take along
Part 3 The Records in the Family History Library 73
8 Major U.S. Collections 74
Overview of materials that are national or regional in scope
9 Resources for U.S. Localities 85
Overviews of resources for states and counties. Major record collections, other resources, limitations of the collection, library finding aids, published guides, and tips
10 Records of the World 93
Overviews of materials that cover countries outside the United States. Language and translation information and other tips
Part 4 Researching On-Site at the Family History Library 107
11 The Family History Library Building 108
Where things are located in the building; some library rules
12 Joseph Smith Memorial Building 127
Resources and records available at this exquisitely renovated facility
13 Working in the Library 133
Organizing your workday and materials. Finding help in the Family History Library
14 I Only Have a Few Hours! 147
Skiers, Olympic visitors, conventioneers, business travelers, vacationers. What they can do quickly when they find out about the genealogy library close by
15 Group Research Trips 152
Going to Salt Lake City with a group or leading a group research trip
16 Working With a Professional Researcher 162
Having professionals extend the work you've already done; consultations; hands-on assistance from professionals in the library
Part 5 Making the Most of Your Trip to the Beautiful Salt Lake City Area 166
17 Salt Lake City Basics, A to Z 167
Getting there, weather, handicapped access, local transportation, and more. Includes map
18 Accommodations 180
Hotels and motels, campgrounds, RV parks, and long-term stays. Includes map
19 Restaurants 185
Map and listings with capsule information about selected restaurants including price range, hours, and comments
20 Attractions and Services 196
Shopping, churches, bookstores, Convention & Visitors Bureau, what to do on Sunday in Salt Lake City and the area
21 Temple Square 207
Information on the number one tourist area in Salt Lake City
22 Other Area Research Repositories 210
Overview includes Brigham Young University, the University of Utah, and the Utah Historical Society
23 Now What? After Your Trip 213
How to wrap up the trip and express gratitude to the library
Appendix A Salt Lake City Quick Reference Information 217
Appendix B Helpful Reference 223
Appendix C Forms 238
Appendix D FHL Media Contact Information 245
Index 246
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