Tuesday, February 8, 2011

The Champaign County Historical Archives Expands Genealogy Resources

The Champaign County Historical Archives is the newest FamilySearch affiliate library of the FamilySearch’s Research and Library System. This new designation means library patrons will have greater and more convenient access to the wealth of genealogical resources available through FamilySearch. FamilySearch is the world’s largest repository of genealogical records and manages the famous Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah. FamilySearch is extending access to its collections by circulating microfilms of the historic records through select public libraries. The Champaign County Historical Archives is now one of those libraries. It is a priceless resource for local residents interested in discovering their family tree.

There is a nominal fee of $6.00 to order microfilm. Once the film arrives, patrons use the microfilm readers (which can print or save to your thumb drive) at the Champaign County Historical Archives to peruse it. The Archives staff can help patrons see what films are available, place film orders, and answer research questions. Patrons can also search the Family History Catalog online at FamilySearch.org to see what records Family Search has available to order though the library.

Please join us at the archives, on March 9, from 6-9p.m. to learn about this exciting new resource!

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