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September 19, 2004

How to research your genealogy using the Mormon resources - part b.

Image086In my previous post, I showed how to research film numbers from the Mormon libraries. Now how do you get access to those micro-films ?

There are three ways:
- as mentionned before, if you are lucky, your local national archives might have a copy; check with them;
- fly to Salt Lake City, Utah, USA, and make an appointment with the Mormon centers over there. I am told it is pretty straight-forward, and a couple of days over there might help you leap-frog in your family research;
- go to a local Mormon temple that has a genealogical center and order your microfilms for consultation there.

The list of temples is available online.
There are a number of temples around Paris, but the only one actually offering genealogical research is located near 'Porte des Lilas':

Eglise de Jésus Christ des Saints des Derniers Jours
66 r Romainville 75019 PARIS, phone: +33 (0)1 42 45 29 29.

Give them a call for opening hours, they seem to have changed recently. Keep in mind they are closed on week-ends, making it difficult for you to go there as it has to be on week days.


The center is rather small, and has a very limited number of seats, approximately a dozen. They will allow new memberships (you have to go there to register) only during the first half of the year, as time slots tend to be very crowded. Only a few micro-film readers have a reproduction device attached.

How does it work?

- you go there and order ONE or TWO films with the reference numbers you obtained from their online tool. You will fill in a pink slip, and pay a few euros (about 5€) per film to cover shipping and handling fees from the central Mormon archive in Frankfurt Germany (note that you cannot go to Frankfurt to do your research). You will need to provide a stamped enveloppe.

- It will take 5-6 weeks for the films to come to your local center, at which stage the center will send you an appointment time slot by mail (allow 2-3 weeks extra). You will be given a 3h time slot to research your films. You can always ask for another appointment if that time is not enough. You are allowed exactly 2 months to work on the film, from the moment it leaves Frankfurt, until the day it has to go back.

Image087 Please note, that unlike other archives, it is not possible to take pictures from the screens of the micro-film readers, and that reproduction of a page is rather expensive (about 0,50€/page).

Now what do you get? On-screen copies of the church records or civil records of your ancestors! Isn't it great? I'll post shortly on some results, but keep in mind that this is a long process, and that you need to plan for about 2,5-3 months between each visit, making your research a long and tedious process, even more so if you don't know the exact dates of an event, and when you have to go through all the films of a parish (it is not uncommon to find more than 10 films per church..., to be multiplied by the number of churches in the town...).

Family names researched in this post: CASTILLO, FUICA, JARA, REBOLLEDO, SEPULVEDA

September 19, 2004 at 08:51 PM in Chile, France | Permalink


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