28 July 2010

Family Search Center and the French-Canadian Resources at SCGS

Board member Heidi Ziegler submitted this excellent article about FamilySearch films available at the SCGS Library, particularly those supporting the Library's excellent French-Canadian collection:

When I turned to page 68 of the Spring 2010 SCGS Searcher, there was a table of names transcribed from several plaques in France. I read the tag line "taken from personal photos ... in the museum and the St Aubin church in Tourouvre, France."  At that point, I didn't know exactly where Tourouvre, France was but I figured I'd look through the list quickly just to see what family names came from that particular village.  What happened next was a big surprise!

There, only a couple of lines down, was an entry with a name I had been researching.  I was so shocked to see recognizable names, on a list in the Searcher, which turned out to be those of my 9th great-grandfather and grandmother (b. 1620s). This just proves how useful it can be to read the Searcher cover to cover.

I later learned that a group of SCGS and French-Canadian Heritage Society of California (FCHSC) members had planned and taken a trip to Tourouvre, France a few years ago.

Fast forward to present day - I'd like to continue researching this family line by reviewing the St. Aubin church records. To do this, I'm going to take advantage of a great service at the SCGS Library. 

SCGS is now designated as a FamilySearch member library meaning members can order materials such as church records on microfilms from the LDS Library in Salt Lake.

The FCHSC group has been busy coordinating and the SCGS library now has the following LDS “France” films on indefinite loan:

LDS Catalog number and Title
0729854:  France, Cote d'Or, Paroisse de Marsannay la Cote.  Baptisms, marriages, burials 1687-1792
0729967:  France, Cote d'Or, Paroisse de Marsannay la Cote.  Baptisms, marriages, burials 1661-1687
1080421:  France, Versailles, Seine et Oise, Paroissiaux de Notre Dame 1684-1792
1356383:  France, Seine et Marne,  Eglise St-Etienne 1636-1667
2344552:  France, Orne, Normandel, Paroisse de Normandel.  Parish registers 1597-1792
2344568:  France, Orne, Tourouvre Parish.  Baptisms, marriages, burials 1671-1718 Feb
2359511:  France, Orne, Paroisse de Goulet.  Parish registers 1586-1792

Thank you to all who contributed to date so that we could have these films for permanent use.

If you have ancestors in any of these parishes, please come into the library and make use of these films. Our hope is to expand our microfilm indefinite loan collection of “France” films. The cost to do this is $18.00 per film. If there are any you would like to order, please locate the film in the FamilySearch.org online catalog; send all the information about the film along with a check for $18.00 made out to SCGS with the notation “France films”.  You will be contacted when the film arrives.  You may also order films by phone with the use of credit card.

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