See part 1 here, part 2 here, and part 3 here.
So what did I learn from my week at the Family History Expos research retreat at the Family History Library?
1. I viewed 66 microfilm rolls. It costs me $5.50 per film to rent them at my local Family History Center (FHC). Therefore, I viewed $363.00 worth of microfilm during the week.
2. It takes several weeks to order a roll of film and have it delivered to a FHC. You can do the math and see how long it would have taken me to view all of these records at home.
3. I got a chance to see how records are organized on the rolls. Many types of records can be on one roll. The way I currently log my research will be improved because of this trip. I see now that I can record this information better, and I will.
4. The flash drive was the best way for me to retrieve records. I took home 329 images. That's a lot of work for me to record and add to my database!
All genealogists should experience the Family History Library at some point. All of these records are at your fingertips:
And all you have to do is go get them:
Family History Expos hosts research retreats in April and October of each year. I had a great time and would be happy to answer any questions about the event. Feel free to email me at the address provided i the right column of this blog.
[Please see my Disclosures page for information on my connection to Family History Expos. --Amy]