How I survived a genealogy emergency

Geoff Rasmussen
Jul 21, 2022
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The emergency
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The Family History Library
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The original record
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Don’t let this happen to you. Join Geoff Rasmussen for a quick look at how he overcame this genealogy emergency.

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About the speaker

Geoffrey D. Rasmussen is the father of four budding genealogists. He graduated with a degree in Genealogy and Family History from Brigham Young University and has served as director and vice-president of the Utah Genealogical Association. He is th
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  1. AB
    Art Blazer
    3 weeks ago

    It’s a long drive but at least you could visit SLC in person.

    As for what you found – wow. You certainly made your point about looking at original records instead of transcriptions.

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    Victoria Wisternoff
    3 weeks ago

    Some of us don’t even live in the same country as the FHL and are unlikely to be able to visit. How would we get access to an original record such as this?

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  3. EL
    Ellen Loader
    3 weeks ago

    Thats great if you are within driving distance… well done!

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    Virginia Schoemann
    3 weeks ago

    Your emergency was a Wisconsin record. If your need to continue your Wisconsin search, try the historical society of wisconsin. You will need to purchase for full record.

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    Mary Lund
    3 weeks ago

    Wonderful for all who can get to Salt Lake. No comfort for those who cannot. I understand that access is often limited by the original contracts with the holders of the records. Truly, the days of ordering films were the golden days. Does the FHL have volunteers or a facility that accepts orders for records or is that a violation of those contracts?
    I advise all researchers who find original records to make copies of them when available. They disappear – even from digital sites like ancestry.com.

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    Monica Guzmn
    3 weeks ago

    All makes sense, good reminder. Offline resources (courthouse, etc) are at least day trip and closed on the weekend. There is a FHC less than 3 mi from my home, unfortunately it’s still closed due to the pandemic – can’t wait for it to open again.

    I like this mini webinar. When I my lunch is more a 15-20 break, brief webinars are perfect fit!

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    Leslie Rubinson
    3 weeks ago

    a fhc is within walking distance of my home. the fhl is a several hours plane ride away. too bad we can’t still order a film to be delivered to our nearest fhc. wish they would re- instate that process.

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    Kathryn Everhart
    3 weeks ago

    Geoff, is there a solution for those of us who live too far away to make a day trip of going to Salt Lake City? I’m in mid-Michigan.

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    • Marian Pierre-Louis
      3 weeks ago

      Here’s the link for the Family History Library lookup service that Geoff mentioned – https://www.familysearch.org/en/family-history-library/record-lookup-service

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      Geoff Rasmussen
      3 weeks ago

      The FHL has a record lookup service. I can’t get to the actual link right now but search around in the help section of FamilySearch to learn more.

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