Re: Microfiche/film Research
- First of all, a minor (but important) correction -
microfiche are small sheets that you view one at a time, and can be had
for .15 each via your FHC (if the information is published on fiche not
You are referring to -rolls- of information, which are microfilm.
Anyway... here is my suggestion. If you know your people stayed in that
area, start with the persons you know, obtain their parents etc. Once
you have the persons documented that you know, search the birth and
death records for other children and adults of the same surnames that
you didn't know. In my experience, you'll find several children who died
young that you didn't know existed.
Also, search for the surnames in the column of godparents, as that may
give you some clues on friends and family of the couple. I've found many
instances where the godparents were siblings of the parents.
I make copies of pages depending on how many I find and if they are
primarily related to me, or if I only suspect they are related. However,
I obtained one roll at a time of the Sabinov records, and paid to keep
it on permanent loan, then I'd order the previous roll.
Mostly tho I write it down on paper, noting the film # and page # of the
entry if I want to go back later and get a copy of it. This way, I can
go home and work out who's related to who and how, and not spend more
money than I have to (those .25 cent copies add up).
I have found working backwards works best for me. Once you find the
first child, then you can search for marriage information on the couple,
then their births and siblings, then their parents marriages. It does
take time however, and you may find that ordering all 3 films at once is
a lot to search. You can pay to renew the film once, or twice to keep it
permanently at your FHC.
If you know your people were there for many years, that might be a good
solution for you.
I hope this helps, and maybe others can share how they approach this
Maura Petzolt Mobile Alabama USA
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