Monthly Archives: May 2014

Using the FHL – High Density and Vault

Rolling Shelves in High Density

A great number of the cataloged microfilm are available at the Family History Library at any given time, but some items are not as readily available. When the catalog states that an item is in the Vault it means that no one has ordered it to the FHL or that it has been sent back.

(Sending items back is a very recent occurrence. Previously, once an item was in the FHL, it stayed there forever.)

The Granite Mountain Vault is exactly what it sounds like. FamilySearch built a vault in the side of a mountain to secure the original microfilms and, more recently, to store the digital images of records that they collect.

The Vault is not accessible to patrons, but any item in the Vault can be ordered to the FHL. If you are planning a trip to Salt Lake City, you can order the films you will need online. If you are already in SLC, you can order a film from the Vault at the Access Services window on the appropriate floor of the Library. Vault orders generally take one day to arrive, except for late Friday and Saturday when the Vault is closed.

On the other hand, if something in the catalog says that it is Restricted, at Access Services, or in High Density, these can all be found at the Access Services window. Restricted items may require you to volunteer a government-issued ID while using the materials. High Density items are all on the B-1 floor, regardless of the geographical location of the material. These items generally take only a few minutes to retrieve. Patrons are not allowed in the High Density area.

Ancestry Tour Filling Up

Ancestry Offices

Did you know that Early Bird Registration ends this week? Saturday is your last chance to register at the discount rate of $295 for the full conference.

And the tour of the facilities is filling up fast. We expect registration to pick up quite a bit this week, as many people put off their registration until this time. If you want to go on the tour, don’t delay. There are less than 15 seats left.

Visit for more about the conference, or go directly to to register.

Memorial Day

Graves at Arlington on Memorial Day

Today, May 26th, is Memorial Day in the USA. It is a federal holiday, designated to remember the men and women who died while serving in the armed forces.

While some will celebrate with parades, fireworks, and barbeques, as the day marks the start of the summer vacation season, others will visit cemeteries and memorials, to remember those who have given their lives for their country. At national cemeteries, volunteers place American flags at every gravestone.

As genealogists, many of us will use some of the time to do our research. (Several web sites are offering free access to their military collections.) While your family members may not have given their lives while in the service, you may still know their stories. Consider submitting your World War I Story to be included in our collection. Your story need not be about the war or someone who was in the military, but it can tell the story of what your relatives did during the war.

There’s no better way to memorialize our ancestors than to tell their stories.

Jewish Utah – Temple Har Shalom

Har ShalomTemple Har Shalom, “Mountain of Peace”, seems appropriately named for the synagogue in Park City. Originally the Park City Jewish Center formed in 1995 with an ad in the local newspaper saying “the time has come!”, the PCJC became Temple Har Shalom in 1999, a Reform congregation.

Rabbi Joshua Aaronson joined as the first full-time rabbi to Har Shalom in 2002. They have weekly Friday night services.

Temple Har Shalom is located at 3700 North Brookside Court. More information can be found on their web site at

Conference Schedule Released

The schedule for IAJGS 2014 is now online. If you’ve been waiting to see what presentations we will be offering before you register, now is the time. Early bird registration ends on May 31st. Visit for more details.

Registration is open for attendees and IAJGS LIVE! You can reserve your seat for various additional fee items, such as Breakfast with the Experts, computer labs, SIG luncheons, and the Gala Awards Banquet.

The first two Breakfasts with the Experts, Monday and Tuesday, feature Joe Everett and Heidi Sugden, FamilySearch consultants, who will answer your questions about researching at the Family History Library. Friday’s breakfast is especially for those planning to attend next year’s conference in Israel, with Michael Goldstein answering your questions.

On Friday morning, we are offering a tour of the Ancestry facilities at their headquarters in Provo. Ever wanted to know what happens behind the scenes to bring you so many digitized and indexed records online? Now is your chance to find out.

If you’ve already registered, you can update your registration with these items. Seating is limited for everything, so don’t wait for the last minute to sign up if you’re interested.