Re: LDS records newbie- can anyone give some starter help?
- CHURCH RECORDS AT LATTER DAY SAINTS (MORMON) LDS FAMILY HISTORY
The Mormons have been microfilming historic vital records worldwide
for decades as part of their mission. The Mormons make their
collection available to anyone for viewing at their Family History
Centers (FHC). The microfilms are stored in Salt Lake City. When you
visit a center, you can "rent" a microfilm, by paying a small fee
(abt. $5 per film). The center will order the film on your behalf and
notify you when it arrives at their center. You can then use reserve
the microfilm readers to view these records.
There's one more thing to keep in mind about the FHC. For the most
part, the FHC volunteers will know NOTHING about research in Slovakia
or about the contents of the films. The volunteer may know about
his/her own heritage, but that is about it. That's where you need
groups like this to point you in the right direction.
When searching for genealogical information, knowing the birth
village is paramount because records are organized by village not
nationally, so it is not possible to search on a national basis. It
is also necessary to know the religion. To locate church records for
Slovakia, knowing the village/town name, go to the LDS web site:
www.familysearch.org/Eng/Library/FHLC/frameset_fhlc.asp The church
records cover baptisms (krsteni), marriages (sobeseni) and deaths
LOCATE YOUR NEAREST FAMILY HISTORY CENTER AND ORDER FILM
You can go to the LDS web site to locate your nearest Family History
Center (FHC) and determine their hours of operation. You will need to
go there in person to order the film(s). In about a month, the film
will arrive and you can book a film reader and begin your research.