Yesterday, I had the opportunity to tour the Religion & Family History section of the Brigham Young University Harold B. Lee Library located in Provo, Utah, where I am attending the BYU Family History & Genealogy conference. And, I was very impressed.
Here is why it may be reasonable for you to do your genealogy research at this library especially if you are looking at film. Here are some of the benefits:
- The library received a large number of duplicate films (not complete) from FHL many years ago. These are now a part of their permanent collection.
- Any film that is requested to be delivered to the BYU library is then held permanently in the Library’s collection–forever. It is not returned to FHL
- If you order film and have it delivered to the BYU library, you pay no fee. (However–there is no special expedited service for BYU.)
- The Library serves an academic community and therefore, their online databases include over 35 different newspaper databases plus hundreds of others that are helpful to genealogists.
- The hours the library is open are much longer than FHL.
- The library has terrific equipment which is very sophisticated — multiple scanning machines, film readers, copy machines, slide and book scanners, etc.
- You can reserve a scanner in advance and online.
To find if your film of interest is in the BYU library: Using the FHL catalog, find your film. Click on the hyperlink that refers to finding the film at WorldCat. If BYU comes up–the film is held in their collection.
THAT’S why you might find it more reasonable to research in Provo instead of Salt Lake City, especially if you find yourself in Provo.
What I have done since the last posting: It has been some time since I last posted, but I have been concentrating on preparation for two conferences (BYU and OGSA), planning for the OGSA conference and prepping for my next 6+ week research “sabbatical” to the MIdwest.