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Free local genealogical resource

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 Special to the Citizen

Unknown to many, there is an excellent and free genealogical resource right here in Chiefland.  The Family History Center (FHC) of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (LDS) is open to all comers without charge.  

The FHC offers users genealogical research help from friendly, trained volunteer staff.  The staff will not do your research for you, but will show you how to use the resources available.  The FHC has several computers that may be used for free access to a number of premium websites that would cost individuals expensive subscription fees to access on their own home computers.  

The free premium websites that are available are as follows: 19thCentury British Library, Newspaper Digital Archive, Alexander Street Press- American Civil War (Research Database, Letters and Diaries, Images, Photographs, Posters and Ephemera), Ancestry.com, Find My Past, Footnote.com, The Genealogist, Genline FamilyFinder, Godfrey Memorial Library, Paper Trail and World Vital Records. 

FHC users will also be able to utilize the vast microfilm resources of the LDS Church.  These films may be ordered from the Family History Library in Salt Lake City.  While there is no charge to utilize the FHC computers or for the assistance of the FHC staff, there are costs associated with the shipping expense of microfilm, copies of microfilm and for computer printouts.  Users will always be made aware of any costs before they are obligated to pay for them.

Users will not be pressured to join, attend or even learn about the LDS Church when they enter or use the resources of the FHC.  If they do have questions about the Church and/or the importance to LDS members of doing ancestral research, these questions will be cheerfully answered.

The FHC has limited hours, usually Tuesday mornings from 8 a.m. until noon and Wednesday evenings from 6:00 p.m. until 8:30 p.m.  Confirmation that the FHC is open on a given day can be verified by calling 490-9659, during scheduled hours of operation.  The FHC is located in the Chiefland Ward building of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints at the corner of US Alt 27 and NE 8th Street, next to Hospice and across US Alt 27 from the big green water tower as you are coming into Chiefland from Bronson.  There is adequate parking out front.

The public is cordially invited to take advantage of the services and resources offered.

Owen Baynard, Bishop; Thomas L. Reitz, First Counselor; James Woodham, Second Counselor