local Family History Center to utilize their resources. Family History Centers are genealogy libraries staffed by volunteers of the LDS Church and are located word-wide. The LDS has amassed a huge collection of genealogical records and you can obtain copies of these records by ordering microfilm and picking up copies at the Family History Center near you.
Here is how the process works:
· Log onto the LDS website at https://familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlc/
· You can search by place, surname, keyword, title search, film, author, subject or call number.
· When you find the record you are looking for, if the image is not available for you to print, write down the FHL film number that contains the record.
· Then, set up an account (some records are available only if you
have an account on the familiyserach.org web site). Account set up is free and
it takes only a couple of minutes.
· After your account is established, go to the online film ordering page at familysearch.org and input the FHL film number and follow the ordering directions. The cost is usually about
· You will be notified via e-mail when your film is ready and you can go to the Family History Center to make a copy of the record.
I have been able to obtain copies of church and civil records for my ancestors back into the 1700's utilizing the LDS records and my local Family History Center.
Keep in mind that the Family History Center is staffed by volunteers and some are far
more versed in the equipment and processes than others so be patient.
To find a Family History Center near you, check the following link:
The Family History Center in the St. Petersburg area is in Largo at 9001 106th Av. North. It is just south of Bryan Derry off of Starkey. I will tell you from personal experience that the staff is extremely friendly and helpful. I would highly recommend you utilize this great resource!