It is amazing that about 3 1/2 months has passed on the life of the poll I had on the right sidebar of the blog since August 7, 2017. It is time to move on! I think a new poll question is in order!
The poll had asked the following question:
“When Was The Last Time You Visited A Family History Center (FHC) Of The Mormon Church?”
A) Within the last 12 months
B) Within the last 3 Years
C) Within the last 5 Years
D) Over 5 years ago
E) I have never visited a Family History Center (FHC) of the Mormon Church
The results of the poll showed the following from the 49 total respondents that took the brief time to provide their response to the question. The numbers show that:
- 23 respondents (46.94%) have never visited a local Family History Center (FHC) of the Mormon Church
- 10 respondents (20.41%) have visited a local Family History Center (FHC) of the Mormon Church in the last 12 months
- 7 respondents (14.29%) have visited a local Family History Center (FHC) of the Mormon Church in the last 3 years
- 7 respondents (14.29%) have visited a local Family History Center (FHC) of the Mormon Church over 5 years ago
- 2 respondents (4.07%) have visited a local Family History Center (FHC) within the last 5 years
Very interesting results that reflects the change over the years in the manner of doing research. I was a little surprised at the overwhelming result that almost half of the respondents have NEVER visited a local Family History Center (FHC) of the Mormon church. For those that have been researching a long period of time when data was not so easily available online, a visit to a Family History Center was very routine for you to view the microfilms you had ordered. As more and more data has become available online, the need for ordering microfilms has dropped more and more over time. In fact, FamilySearch has just discontinued supplying microfilms to Family History Centers (FHC) as of September 1, 2017. Much of their material is available online as DIGITAL reels of microfilm as well as being incorporated into the indexed searching available through FamilySearch.
I also thought that it was surprising that the 2nd highest response was that 10 respondents noted they had been to a local Family History Center (FHC) within the previous 12 months. There was still great value during the previous 12 months to visit a FHC for those that were still ordering microfilms. And YES, MICROFILMS ARE STILL A VALUABLE RESOURCE TO ADVANCE YOUR RESEARCH. EVERYTHING HELPFUL TO YOUR RESEARCH IS NOT ALL ONLINE.
The other responses do show that while visits were taking place to a FHC, those visits had been more in the past within the 5 year window rather than more currently in the 5 year window except for those that had visited a FHC in the most recent 12 months.
While reasons to visit a local FHC have been diminished with the discontinuance of being able to order any more microfilms, the FHC still has value for the computer database they provide for research. Their database subscriptions are in fact different and varied that what public libraries like ourselves provide. It is worth visiting them just to access these different genealogical databases.
Also, your local FHC does in fact retain the collection of permanent microfilms that were used in their facility. So, while FamilySearch transitions to complete digitizing microfilms by 2020, it is possible that some FHCs might have a microfilm in their permanent collection that you could use for free at their facility that can no longer be ordered. Worth checking with your local FHC to see if they might have a film number of interest to you.
Additionally, under the new discontinuance of microfilms being sent to a FHC, it is important to note that because of various “restrictions” placed on digital film material that can be viewed online, some of that material, while digitized, cannot be viewed at home by the average researcher due to the restrictions. FamilySearch has designated that these restricted digital films can in fact be viewed at either a local FHC or a FamilySearch Affiliate Library like some public libraries that are designated as such.
Our library has made a formal application to become a FamilySearch Affiliate Library that would allow our researchers to gain access to the many restricted digital reels of microfilm. Our library is open many hours during the day and night as well as being open each day of the week. So you will have a greater opportunity to view this material at because of our many hours we are open once we become a FamilySearch Affiliate Library. Most FHCs have very limited days and hours of operation which can make visiting a FHC a lot more challenging to coincide with your schedule.
Hope you had fun in participating in this poll or just seeing the online results as they were occurring.
I am always looking for a larger response than even that which I just saw! So come on down —— affix your opinion as a “Yes” or “No” when so asked to the varied polls on different topics in the world of genealogy and family history research or select from a list of choices to answer the question. Your answers count.
I plan on putting up a new poll rapidly. Come back for that one to see the new question being asked.
A big thank you to all of those (49) that took the time to respond to this just recently closed poll. Take a look at the results of that poll to satisfy your own curiosity.
Don’t forget to visit my Poll Archives as part of this blog. Look for the link at the top of the homepage of the blog where it simply says “Poll Archives”. In here you will find the statistical results of the 28 previously active polls in addition to the poll that is generally “active”. If you were not aware of this Archive, you may want to visit to see what all the previous polls were about.
Here is a direct link to the Poll Archives at my blog:
Poll Archives At Tony’s Genealogy Blog At The Schaumburg Township District Library (STDL)
Get ready for another poll ……………………..SOON!
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