Notes from the White County Historical Society

By Charlene Shields

Notes from the White County Historical Society as they appear in "The Carmi Times."

Copyright ©2000 by "The Carmi Times" Permission to reprint granted to Cindy Birk Conley and the ILGenWeb by Tammy Knox, editor, "The Carmi Times."

About Salt Lake City's renowned genealogy library

One of our faithful volunteers is Sue Wallace, who drives over from
Creal Springs each Wednesday.

Sue is the former Sue Leikauf of Carmi. Recently, Sue made a trip with a
group of 20 from the Tinley-Maraine Genealogy Society from Tinley Park
to research at the famed Salt Lake City Library.

Since I'll never get there, I asked Sue to write something of her
experience. Here are her impressions.

"There is something for everyone at the Family History Library in Salt
Lake City. Whether you are just beginning to search for your roots, have
been doing genealogical research for 20 years or are somewhere in
between, they have information waiting for you there.

"The main library has four floors of information from all over the
world. There are census, probate, marriage, death, military and church
records. You can find immigration registers, passenger lists, ethnic
books and books on all the wars, as well as DAR records and much more.

"The fourth floor of the Joseph Smith Memorial Building, just down the
street, has all the family group and published family history books.

"The first step when you arrive is to look in the microfiche index for
the surname, place or event that you want to find. Since the LDS is
on-line now, you can do a lot of research before going, to save time.
There are lots of microfilm, microfiche and books to go through.

"I put in the surname, Aalbu, which had so far been a brick wall. The
index showed one book on the Aalbu family. When I found it, it was
written in the Norwegian language. However, there are people on the
staff who speak most languages. So if your documents are in another
language, they will translate for you. The people in the library are
very helpful. Any information can be copied for a nickel a page, or if
on microfilm, a dime.

"The library opens at 7:30 a.m., and there is always a line waiting to
get in. They close at 10 p.m. You may rent a small locker for just a
dime if you wish to store things or leave for lunch.

"If you're stumped on an ancestor, I recommend a trip to Salt Lake
City--but I'd go soon. It's already getting hectic there as they
prepare for the Olympics."

The Genealogy Society of Southern Illinois is having its annual
workshops and conference at John A. Logan College Oct. 13 and 14. Every
year their meeting conflicts with Carmi's Corn Day, but a few from our
group will attend GSSI. See us for more details if you're interested.

The annual meeting of the Tri-State Genealogical Society will be from 9
to 4 Oct. 21 at the Airport Holiday Inn in Evansville, Ind. Dr. George
K. Schweitzer from Knoxville, Tenn. will be the featured speaker.
Everyone is invited to attend. Pre-registration cost is $16 and should
be sent to Leroy Anderson, 7510 Darmstadt Road, Evansville, IN
47710-4728, or call him for details at 1-812-867-2363.

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