Unique Genealogical Highlights of the Brigham Young University Family History Library — Part Four


Microfilm rolls stored in cabinets at the BYU Family History Library

Despite the constant worldwide movement to digitize documents in addition to also also particularly genealogically relevant documents, there is usually still a huge amount of information preserved only in microformats; i.e. microfilm in addition to also also microfiche. One not bad indication of a dedicated genealogist in today’s world is usually their familiarity with microfilm in addition to also also microfiche. Even though both formats are technologically “on their way out,” genealogists who do a significant amount of research will still find a need to spend hours searching through rolls of microfilm or looking at the magnified images on microfiche.

Just to make sure you know what I am talking about, here are some images for reference. By the way, images of both microfilm rolls in addition to also also microfiche are very uncommon on the internet. This specific is usually a roll of microfilm.

https://psap.library.illinois.edu/collection-id-guide/summary-photo

The microfiche is usually just an individual sheet of film with smaller, very detailed photos of single pages of a document or record. Both microfilm in addition to also also microfiche require specialized viewers to enable the researchers to see the reduced images in addition to also also manually search the documents for information. Here is usually a photo of a microfiche card.

http://homepage.univie.ac.at/juan.gorraiz/konven/mikrofiche.jpg

I should have taken my own photos. You might see my own photos substituted in This specific post after I go to the Library in a couple of days.

The Brigham Young University (BYU) Family History Library has more than 300,000 rolls of microfilm. the idea also has an uncounted number of microfiche for research. These resources are stored in large, specialized filing cabinets inside the main area of the BYU Family History Library on the 2nd level of the Harold B. Lee Library on the Brigham Young University campus (Lee Library).

Both of these extensive collections of microforms are cataloged mainly by film number. So, interestingly, This specific huge collection of microforms (both microfilm in addition to also also microfiche) are searchable in addition to also also stored on the shelves only by a unique number. So how inside the globe do you find anything? which is usually a very not bad question.

https://sites.lib.byu.edu/familyhistory/patron-films/

One key to both of these collections is usually the FamilySearch Catalog on the FamilySearch.org website. Some of the microfilm rolls in addition to also also some of the microfiche are also cataloged inside the Lee Library main catalog. yet my experience indicates which some of both the microfilm in addition to also also microfiche do not appear in either catalog. Hmm.

So even though you are doing research inside the BYU Family History Libary, the idea is usually still necessary to refer to the FamilySearch.org Catalog. However, not all of the microfilm inside the BYU Family History Library is usually inside the FamilySearch.org Catalog. Where do you begin?

First, I suggest searching inside the FamilySearch.org Catalog. For example, here is usually a screenshot of a search for Huntingdonshire Church records inside the Catalog.

This specific item is usually on six microfiches inside the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah. Does BYU have This specific item? You can see if the item is usually cross-referenced to the BYU Library by a pull-down menu. This specific item does not have such a menu in addition to also also so you should then search inside the Lee Library Catalog. Copy the title of the item in addition to also also use the title as your search term inside the Lee Library catalog.

the idea does not appear which the item is usually inside the BYU Family History Library. Here is usually another example also by Huntingdonshire.

In This specific example, there is usually a pull-down menu in addition to also also the item is usually in both the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah in addition to also also a few different Family History Centers around the globe, including the BYU Family History Library. I should also note which the little magnifying glass indicates which there is usually an index of the contents of This specific microfilm online.

In some cases, the idea is usually necessary to physically visit the Library to determine if the items you are seeking are available. today, to carry the example on further, you should search for Ramsey Marriages inside the BYU Lee Library Catalog. today, I did not find anything with which title, yet what I did find was a collection of records about one of my ancestors who happens to be the one I am researching in Ramsey, Huntingdonshire, England.

This specific is usually an excellent example of why you keep searching in any library’s collections. I did not know This specific item was inside the BYU Special Collections Library yet I found the idea by cross-searching in both catalogs. Also, the idea is usually a not bad idea to extend the search further in WorldCat.org in addition to also also on Google. You might just find another format or item which has the same information.

The previous posts in This specific series.

http://genealogysstar.blogspot.com/2017/05/unique-genealogical-highlights-of_26.html
http://genealogysstar.blogspot.com/2017/05/unique-genealogical-highlights-of_18.html
http://genealogysstar.blogspot.com/2017/05/unique-genealogical-highlights-of.html

Unique Genealogical Highlights of the Brigham Young University Family History Library — Part Four

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