10157Re: Family History Library (Salt Lake City)
- Feb 10, 2007Hi,
I'm glad that you didn't take offence because none was intended.
Americans are extremely lucky when it comes to Family History and
even the Family History Libraries in the states.
You most likely have more databases that you can access and visit.
Try and save up to go to the USA from downunder. We are oceans apart.
My brother-in-law has been to Salt Lake City, where he looked up many
names. I believe that they may be allowed to do certain things there
but not in Australia.
Here t is no pens and only pencils and don't take your bag in. Use
the locker. People have taken micro fiche out of FHLs before and
even the State Library is really strict. You don't know how lucky
you are. We are really restricted down here.
I wish that I could go to Salt Lake City but can't afford it.
Oh yeah. CD and laptops are still a no go down here. There was only
one genealogist down in Melbourne (Victoria) that managed to convince
the people to let her bring it nto the FHL.
It may be free but I can access more information that they have not
I only go there to look up certain records but I find that I have
access to more records than what they have. We must have a shortage
of information. We have to pay to see a lot of records in Australia
and it's not easy. If I need to order a film then I will do so from
the FHL but that is about it.
I can only rely on the Internet now. I have gone a long way back
into my family history and the databases are usually ones that you
have to pay for.
Some relatives are helping. They went to England and looked up
information that hasn't been filmed yet.
While I think of it, if anyone has Ridgway in the family history,
there is a big mistake about Anthony Ridgway son of Tristram
Ridgway. So many people think that they are descended (sp) from
Anthony and that's the mistake (I made the mistake also). That
Anthony died when he was very young.
The proper lineage is Anthony Ridgway or Ridyard who is the son of
Thomas Ridyard alias Ridgway.
It's on Ancestry.com. Some people like to go with Tristram as the
father and the others decided to go with Thomas. Thomas Ridyard is
the correct father.
Oops! I typed another thesis. Sorry about that.
I am searching through American records right now and I found that
the Cadd, Ridgway, Stuchberry, Wood, Orenshaw etc families went to
America. Try follow the Orenshaw family. The spelling is too varied.
You are so lucky!!
PS For some reason I have to answer messages using the group page.
It won't let me send messages from hotmail.
--- In email@example.com, "Tom Knox"
> "lotusloversau" -
> No offence taken - but the rules for the FHL in Salt Lake City have
> either changed or they are different over here. (Note: local Family
> History Centers will have their own rules and guidelines.)
> Many people would have briefcases, napsacks, computer cases,
> floppies & CDs, CD-players/iPods w/ headsets, and multiple colored
> pens in the Family History Library in Salt Lake City - however, all
> with the caveat that you DON'T just walk away from your stuff to go
> get a soda or juice. And, of course, any copying (on either paper
> or CD/DVD) is subject to copyright laws (the book that I copied was
> over a century old and long out of print). Anyone copying or
> scanning a regular-size book would probably get a tap on the
> shoulder, but most likely because they are tying up a
> and there would be a waiting-line forming.ALL
> And the key resource of the FHL is the SOURCE MATERIAL - books and
> microfilm and microfiche - that are not (yet) on the internet.
> Computers and internet resources you can use without going to Salt
> Lake City - like at a local Family History Center or local library.
> NOTE: The Family History Library is in the process of digitizing
> of their books, microfilm and microfiche (subject to copyrighthttp://www.familysearch.org/Eng/Library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.
> laws) - however, this project is going to take many years to
> complete, and then more years to index all of that information.
> ALSO NOTE: Some of these digitized books are ALREADY available
> online through the Family History Library Catalog
> When you computer-search the "card catalog" for some name or place
> or title, and look at the reference "card", SOME entries will say
> "To view a digital version of this book click here"
> example: "The Alonzo Potter family"
> http://tinyurl.com/2mh45m (gets to the same place)
> The "digital version" hotlink is to a PDF (or to a webpage that
> link to the PDF), and these PDFs are text-searchable (at least forcopy-
> the PDFs that I've seen).
> And as a P.S. - use of the Family History Library is free;
> however, donations are ALWAYS gladly accepted to help them maintain
> and expand the collection - both money and copy-cards. (I put too
> much money on the copy-card, and it was far easier to leave the
> card at the front desk for them, than to try to save the copy-card
> for my next trip to Salt Lake City.)
> - Tom Knox
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