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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About this webinar

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. SD
    Sarah Day
    1 month ago

    That was awesome! I loved that it both was informative and amusing!

  2. PA
    Peggy A Kehoe
    5 months ago

    Love this! Made me smile to think of you packing up and driving all that way for one record. You have fortunate ancestors, 🙂 Good advice when possible!

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    Phyllis Adamson
    6 months ago

    …and if traveling to the FHL in Salt Lake is NOT an option?…. I’m stuck with the abbreviated index. However, some of those names in the index version were highlighted and clickable. There you might find the names of that person’s parents and a bit more info.

  4. AB
    Art Blazer
    6 months 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.

  5. VW
    Victoria Wisternoff
    6 months 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?

  6. EL
    Ellen Loader
    6 months ago

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

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    Virginia Schoemann
    6 months 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
    6 months 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


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