Ordering Microfilm from the Family History Library
Ever wish you could visit the Family History Library in Salt Lake City to look at microfilm?? Well, you don’t have to travel that far! You can order the film from Familysearch.org and have it sent to any participating library or Family History Center.
Your ancestor may have been a medical professional. If so, usually there is an indication of their occupation on census records, in county histories, city directories, or passed down by their descendants. MGC has several sources that show physicians from earlier times.
Tom and Eliza Felps lived in a cabin on Miller Creek in Blanco County, Texas with their two children (Callie, aged 2 and Tom Jr., aged 6 months). That summer, Tom and Eliza took their children to the White ranch to stay with her mother while Eliza’s father, a county judge named Simeon Tracy White, was away on court duties. On July 21, Mrs. White kept the children while Tom and Eliza went to Cypress Creek to catch fish for dinner. There, they were attacked and killed by Comanches.
Have you ever wanted to spend the night in a Library? How about resurrecting the ghosts of ancestors and celebrating them close to Halloween? You’ll get your chance soon; this year, the Midwest Genealogy Center will host our "Let Your Skeletons Dance" lock-in event for the sixth year in a row.
Midwest Genealogy Center subscribes to approximately 500 periodicals per year. Each year, we look for new and exciting periodicals to add to our collection. Our periodical collection is located on our first floor. You might want to stop in the periodicals area on your way up the stairs, or maybe even on your way back down the stairs after searching through our wonderful book collection. If you know of a good genealogical periodical title that you would like in our library, let us know. We might be able to get a subscription.
At MGC, we do our best to give you multiple ways to search for your genealogy, from databases to books to microfilm. And our topics range from Civil War history to researching your Cherokee, Irish, or German ancestry. In the spirit of trying to encompass more than European ancestry or early American ancestry, we want to highlight many of our other ethnic resources. So, I set off on a journey to find MGC’s resources for Samoan genealogy research.
I am a bargain shopper. I use the ads to look for sales, and then I use coupon websites to save even more. My favorite part is when I check out and the cashier looks at the bottom of the receipt and tells me how much I saved. I feel like a really great shopper. Wouldn’t it be great if you got a receipt that printed out your savings every time you checked out books or used other materials at the library? The computers won’t do that, but there is a way to figure out your savings.
I guess one doesn’t really think about death much until it hits close to home. My best friend, Ted, passed away in 2003. He was the father of a childhood friend, and we became very close. He had such a wonderful mind with his lifetime of knowledge; we would sit and talk for hours about anything and everything. I remember him well, but for those people who would want to know more about him in the future, an obituary doesn’t quite cover all that he was. If we don’t write down or record all these memories, future generations won’t know all that we were in life.
My father’s family insisted the Rinke’s came through Ellis Island. Everybody did, right? I could find nothing for the extended Rinke family in the index (Soundex) for New York landings for 1820 – 1943 (Family History Library Film). That was a long time ago, when I first started genealogy and believed every family story had to be true!