... wrote: <SNIP>...What are the FHC files and where do I have to
go to check into them?
Sorry I am new to family roots, and I do not know very much about
I am reposting this off list reply to the Lists since other may find the
information of use.
No problem. The FHC's are the Family History Centers of the LDS = The
Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-day Saints.
Now before you question me, I am NOT a member of the LDS church, I am
only a user of the FHC's. Without the LDS and their genealogy branch of
the LDS church few of us would be doing genealogy in the numbers that
are participating at this time. They and the web opened genealogy
research to the masses. Their on-line website has opened the doors for
us who want to trace our families but have not been able to go to
Ireland, UK etc. They (LDS/FHC) have put the most comprehensive data on
line for our Free use.
If you have family from Ireland in many cases they at some point
migrated to Scotland most often during the famine period, so Scotland
research is important. In my case both sides of my family migrated to
Scotland (Glasgow area and Bathgate area) then to Canada. My hang up is
where my paternal family came from in Ireland. I have been searching
for a few years and still no luck, but someone out there knows where
they came from but maybe they are not on-line yet.
Some sites for you to visit
Familysearch (FHC/LDS) on line search website: Make sure you visit all
the tabs on the site, they have some great help pages
Don't be afraid to Register and have access to their other data, again
no charge and only fill in what is required. (The FHC's do not charge
to use the facilities but they do charge for film rental from Salt Lake
head office, photo copies)
or Search tab
have the most common tabs for use.) Learn to use the FHL
catalog tab You can purchase some of the best data CD's from their
website on-line or by telephone. If you live in Canada or USA just a
800 number in the
UK it is similar but I don't know the phone number. (I have purchased
97% of their products all are great products with a lot of data but at
their prices I can not afford to have them.)
The On-line store (tiny URL since the actual is too long)
To find a FHC Family History Center in your area:
If you have a large active FHC in your area then you are very lucky,
the volunteer staff will assist you with search, they will show you how
to start with their records. My FHC has a very large research area
with many PC's, copiers, film readers, library and a large collection of
Index films on site for the patrons use.
Make sure you ask questions, the staff are there to assist.
If you enter into Google " Family History Centers" you will get 344
million hits, the first page should be a good place to start your reading.
Don't forget about the Rootsweb Mailing lists and Y-IRL List (Rootsweb
and Ancestry are actual the same, Ancestry owns Rootsweb) but the
Rootsweb part of their site is Free as are the Message Board
sites/pages It costs you to if you join the Ancestry.com
by filling in
their sign up sheet and at this point it takes a CC card number to join.
(if you are not interested in joining don't enter a CC number)
Rootsweb, the most complete one source mailing list site for all
counties in either Ireland and Scotland (plus other places that may
Y-IRL (probably the best Ireland gen List on the web, it allows all
discusions (within reason). It has over 1400 members and in most cases
someone knows the answer or at least where to look. There are many more
sites but this is what I belong to.
My areas of interest in Scotland are associated with the following
Some sites that may help you:
Each County in Ireland have numerous websites associated with them, for
to many to list in this message, do a Google for whatever county you wish.
Sites of Interest:
My Website: links page, mostly data files (have to make a pitch)
Jane Lyons site: (administrator/owner for the Y-IRL list) Most
comprehensive for ALL Ireland
John Hayes site: great Griffith Valuation data site and other data
Irelatlas, for finding townlands, parishes etc in Ireland:
Hugh Wallis IGI Batch Number site:
Scotlands People, The quickest way to obtain certificates for Scotland
(pay site but official Gov't site)
Clare Cty Library: a very good source of information
Scripts information (what records are available)
Matheson's Database, Ulster Historical Assoc. (distribution of
surnames in Ireland 1890)
Since my secondary place of interest is Donegal here are a few sites for
that county. (Maternal side), don't know the primary county.
Hope this answers some of your questions.
If you have other questions just ask but I have no data on your
surnames------------The FHC is the place to start.