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From: Inga & Ron Dempsey <>
Subject: Unidentified subject!
Date: Thu, 04 Mar 1999 04:57:26
Received this from another rootweb list. Hopefully it will clarify some
questions about this topic.
From: Virginia Ewing [mailto:]
Sent: Monday, March 01, 1999 5:00 PM
Subject: LDS FAMILY SEARCH COMING SOON
As the director of a LDS Family History Center, I have received a
notice from Salt Lake LDS FHL, announcing the Beta testing of Family Search
online. It is not yet up, a problem with a piece of equipment, but
will be starting sometimes this month and will be up only a few weeks as a
If there is not a lot of interest it will be taken off and not put
back on. So spread the word and keep trying to get through. When it comes
online the URL will be: > www.familysearch.org
I have not been told exactly what will be available but know at least
the Ancestral File and Family History Library Catalog will be
Family Search is the name of the program we have on CDs in all LDS
FHCs. Some public libraries also have this program. FS includes the IGI,
Ancestral File, Family History Library Catalog, Social Security Death
Records, Koran and Vietnam war death records, and Scottish Church
For those of you not familiar with the various searches, the IGI is
the International Genealogical Index. It includes, in alphabetical
order, all of the names that have been sent to the Temples to have
ordinances performed in their name.
Names in the IGI are usually submitted by members, but not always.
Non-members also submit their family names to get them into the IGI.
Some of the marriages may have been part of extraction programs. The
names were taken from courthouse records and checked and rechecked by
several volunteers before being accepted as correct.
Most people do try to send in accurate information but there are many
mistakes. My advice is, always check the original source. Use the IGI
to find where people with your surname would have lived and order the
census and court records from that area.
Ancestral File is Gedcoms of group and pedigree sheets sent in by
members and non-members. The name and address of the submitter is
included and hopefully will allow you to contact others working on
your line. If the address is out of date sometimes a letter to the
Membership dept. in Salt Lake will get you a correct address if the person
member of the LDS church.
Once again, the material is only as good as the research that went
into it and some of it is pretty bad. Check it out before you 'adopt' it.
If you find a mistake on Ancestral File, you can send in your
along with your sources of proof, and it will be noted in the next
update. The first submitter does not have to provide proof, but you do, if
you are making a correction. You can add additions to a file, or submit a new
file. You do not have to be a member to submit material.
The Family History Library Catalog is a listing of every book, film
and fiche available at the Salt Lake City LDS Family History Library.
This allows us to find what is available for each locality, world-wide. It
includes the FHL call numbers and a description of what is included
in the film/fiche or book.
The material from the books and film/fiche will not be on line. That
is not something they can do, at this time. Hopefully it will be a
possibility some time in the distant future.
The film and fiche will still have to be ordered through FHC.
Microfilm and microfiche are the property of the FHL and are sent into the
of the LDS FHC director and must remain under her/his care until
returned. For this reason they are never allowed to be taken from the LDS FHC.
Almost all of the microfilm and microfiche at the LDS Family History
Library in Salt Lake City can be ordered into any LDS FHL, anywhere
in the world, but there are a few exceptions. Copyright laws prevent
them from using material without the written consent of the owner. Some of
the film and fiche where filmed by companies other than the LDS Church
and permission to circulate these film to LDS FHCs has been denied. There
will be a notice included in the description, saying it can not be
circulated. Many of the SC microfilm where made by a company who has
refused permission to allow the film to be circulated, but there are
many microfilm available for SC, some covering the same material that is
on the restricted film.
The LDS FHL is a non-profit organization, and that is why it still
cost only 15 cents a sheet for a microfiche, $3.25 plus tax to rent a
microfilm for a month [may be more in other countries] and the
SourceGuide and other home use programs are sold at such a reasonable
price. We aren't allowed to make a profit, even in the FHCs.
The books that are listed are not loaned out but can sometimes be
obtained through an Inter-library loan through your public library.
You can request copies of pages and if a book is indexed, by ordering
the index you can see if your people would have been listed. In cases
where the copyright has expired the book may have been filmed or can be
filmed upon request. Never hurts to ask.
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