Had to comment here.....
The standard policy coming from Salt Lake City is that films are never
allowed out of the FHC. And if you get a film on "permanent loan" by
paying for it 3 times, you can't transfer it to another center
I had called and asked them as there are so many problems with our FHC
here in Mobile since the new director took over.. I had wanted to
transfer my 5 Sabinov films to Pensacola as their hours and more
convienent even considering the hour drive... and they are actually open
when they are supposed to be.
No deal according to SLC. They stay where they are ordered from, I'd
have to order them and pay all over again to get them in Pensacola.
For Slovak things, and other films that are not filmed by NARA or state
archives, you're stuck with the FHC... but I've learned this past year
(as I had to find some alternatives because of the problems) that your
local genealogy library is a GREAT source. Here in Mobile they had many
of the US censuses and everything related to AL, FL and LA which I
needed when I found a Brooklyn relative ended up down here.
They also had ship arrivals for New Orleans and the naturalization
indexes for NO.. -and- the microfilm copy machines actually work and are
cheaper. This is via the local public library.
You can also get microfilms of many newspapers and some other things via
interlibrary loan... another good source. Usually there is a charge for
them, but it's reasonable.
Also, if you're really stuck there are places you can order films
directly for a month, like Heritage Quest. Basically tho its the NARA
stuff, but it comes to your house and then you just take it wherever you
want to view it.
So there - are - some alternatives, but the LDS is still the best bet. I
wish Santa would bring me a ticket to SLC for a week of research there
(and pay the vet bill to board the dogs while I'm gone).
Maura Petzolt Mobile Alabama USA
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