If so, youre probably also planning on doing some research at that mecca of genealogy research locations, the Family History Library. The library will be busy and theres never enough time to accomplish all you’d like, so youll want to be prepared by:
- searching the online catalog ahead of time and printing the listings of books and microfilmed records you need (see our tips for searching the online catalog).
Note that catalog listings with the notation Vault mean that particular roll of microfilm is kept in the Granite Mountain Records Vault. Youll need to call or e-mail at least three days ahead of time to have these items sent to the library (for contact numbers and the e-mail address, click this link and see tip number 6).
- preparing a prioritized research to-do list. Put book look-ups near the top, since these dont circulate to your local FHL branch Family History Center (FHC). In my FHL research sessions, Ive found doing book lookups a nice break when microfilm scrolling gives me a headache.
- updating your family tree charts (whether on paper or in software you plan to take along on your laptop, PDA, USB drive or other device). Also gather paper or digital copies of the records youll need to refer to.
- familiarizing yourself with the FHLs hours, floor plan and researcher guidelines. Photocopier information is here. Also study the FHLs advice on preparing for a visit.
If you cant get to one of these conferences, or your time runs short while you’re there, see our tips for using your local FHC. Well also explain some of the microfilm rental restrictions you might encounter at FHCs.