Re: [SLOVAK-ROOTS] Re: Mormon records
- Just a thought.
Wouldn't the availability of an FHC be based upon the number of church
members? If in Ireland they have a very few members, then there are very
few people to use the FHC. The FHC is for the church and where the
church has strong membership, expect strong supporting structure. So,
I would suggest that success in obtaining converts reflects availability
As info, I work one day a week at my local FHC as a volunteer and I
consider myself Roman Catholic. This is in Fredericksburg, Virginia and
they don't have a large membership base and are thus happy to get any help
they can get. They are happy to have anyone use their facilities but they
do prioritize church work.
I have great respect for the Mormon church member, since they do as a rule
advocate standards that I find admirable. Their young people reflect those
> Just a thought.....
> in terms of the US and Canada vs. the rest of the world in terms of
> FHC's, it seems to me that there are fewer in Europe and Australia than
> here anyway...... I know there is only one in all of Ireland, and that
> certainly isn't because the LDS aren't allowed to have more....
> >From my work at our FHC it seemed that whether or not a ward had an FHC
> was financial (costs of equipment etc including a building or room) and
> useage. In other words, it is cost effective. I know ours has been in
> danger of closing twice now because they can't get (church) workers to
> work to keep it open.
> I know nothing about the situation in Israel, but I wonder if the
> situation has more to do with the cost effectiveness of a FHC vs.
> whether or not they will "allow" it there. I believe there is only one
> FHC in Germany, maybe two.... I think the "genealogy boom" is just
> starting to hit Europe and that might improve soon in terms of how many
> would use it. Also, realize that even places not in the US still have to
> order films from SLC.... making it take longer to get films etc. (I have
> friends in Australia who tell me it can take between 3-6 months to get a
> film in, and then you have to arrange to get to the FHC to read it which
> may be hours away). I also know friends who prefer to go to the National
> Library in Dublin and use the records for free rather than order films
> from SLC and view them in England... much easier to make a few days of
> it and take the boat over from Wales than order and wait for films.
> All I"m saying is that the situation in other parts of the world may
> have other factors of cost etc involved, unlike those FHCs in the US.
> Maura Petzolt Mobile Alabama USA
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- I think having a FHC in the area depends on a lot of things,..... but I
do believe a lot comes down to "cost efficiency", in other words do they
have enough interest to keep it open and operate not at a loss. Every
FHC has to do a report periodically on who uses it and whether they are
church members or not. I used to help with ours and in Mobile we were
always at least 3/4 non members and 1/4 members using it. (I won't go
into the recent difficulties with a new director and his plan to
increase church member involvement, which is definitely not working.)
Those reports were submitted to SLC for their knowledge and use....
which leads me to believe that is part of how they know if they need
another in the area or if one is not feasible any longer.
Again, all I'm saying is that to me it's a larger decision than just
'wanting' one there. The LDS are -not- making a profit off the
microfilms etc, they are not a commercial entity as some genealogy
companies are who charge to view databases even on line. A new
microfilm/fiche copy machine like the one our FHC was considering (or
rather wishing for, as ours has died and been resurrected several times)
costs over $3,000. Consider what is in a FHC, computers, CD sets,
microfilm and microfiche readers, plus the usual office stuff, desks,
filing cabinets, sets of microfiche..... it's not cheap to equip a new
FHC. Equipment is alloted based on useage and hours open. They also have
to pay electic bills and such also.
Now, we're probably boring the majority of the listmembers with
this..... so maybe it's best if we let the discussion lag, or correspond
in private. I certainly don't want to turn anyone off with this
"thread", tho I do think it has genealogical merit as it helps everyone
understand just how important those records and the FHCs are (I hope).
Maura Petzolt Mobile Alabama USA
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