Thursday, April 12, 2007

Guam's genealogical records digitized

From: Tom Kemp
thomas.j.kemp@gmail.com
DearMYRTLE,
KUAM -TV of Guam reports that the Family History Library (Salt Lake City, UT) has completed the digitization of the historical records of Guam housed at the Micronesian Area Research Center MARC at the University of Guam. The television report said that 19th and 20th century genealogical records were digitized on 260 CD-ROMs that were deposited with MARC and at the Family History Library. University of Guam Associate professor Omaira Brunal-Perry said that the Family History Library "hoped to make the collection available via the Internet."

Tom Kemp
www.genlibrarian.blogspot.com

DearTOM,

Thanks for distributing this information. As you well know, it isn't a matter of IF the Family History Library has something from the country where one's ancestors once lived, it’s a matter of WHICH records does it have. Plans to place more in the Internet simply boggle the mind. For readers who wish to determine record availability, a review of the FHLC (Family History Library Catalog) can be accomplished by visiting:

1.
www.FamilySearch.org
2. Click the text labeled "Family History Library Catalog."

Or get there directly by clicking on
http://www.familysearch.org/Eng/Library/FHLC/frameset_fhlc.asp

The catalog is updated several times each weekday, as the catalog librarians "check in" microfilm, fiche, books, maps, CDs, etc. Remember that most films and fiche can circulate to local Family History Centers, usually located in a nearby LDS Church building. This will save big-time research dollars since you won't have to take time from work, travel to that distant place and begin researching in person.

In fact, since the usual workload at a typical courthouse or archive is quite heavy, Ol' Myrt recommends viewing all microform and online records for a specific locality before attempting to write or visit the archive, church or courthouse in question.

FOR FURTHER READING:

-- "Family History Library and Family History Centers Library Services and Resources"
http://www.familysearch.org/Eng/Search/RG/frameset_rg.asp?Dest=G1&Aid=&Gid=&Lid=&Sid=&Did=&Juris1=&Event=&Year=&Gloss=&Sub=&Tab=&Entry=&Guide=FHL_and_FHC.ASP

-- "How do I begin?"
http://www.familysearch.org/Eng/Search/RG/frameset_rg.asp?Dest=G1&Aid=&Gid=&Lid=&Sid=&Did=&Juris1=&Event=&Year=&Gloss=&Sub=&Tab=&Entry=&Guide=All_T3_ResMeth_-_How_Do_I_Begin.ASP

Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt :)
DearMYRTLE,
Your friend in genealogy.
Myrt@DearMYRTLE.com
www.DearMYRTLE.com

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