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In the Family History Library System: Part One, I introduced you to the vast resources of the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah, and its network of Family History Centers. We also discussed how to use the Church's FamilySearch Web site to search for ancestors in Ancestral File, IGI, the Pedigree Resource File and family Web sites. These compiled resources contain millions of names and are a great resource for genealogists.
While most people know about the Familysearch.org Web site and its Ancestral Search feature, however, the real backbone of the service is the Family History Library Catalog (also available on the Web site). This is the "card catalog" for the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, and it is through this online version of the catalog that you can determine what types of original records might be available for your ancestor.
Currently, there are over two million reels of microfilm housed in the Family History Library. These films contains such information as:
Published Family Histories
These microfilm records are organized in the Family History Library
by location, so it is important to be familiar with the records which
were kept for the locality in which you are researching. In New
England, for example, many records are kept at the town level, and not
at the county level as is prevalent in most other areas of the United
States. Records are also organized differently in different
countries of the world. One of the best ways to learn more about
these available records and where to look for them is on the
FamilySearch Web site itself in the Research Guidance section.
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