[Ger-Poland-Volhynia] Microfilms and FHC; Was Re: Ger-Poland-Volhynia digest

Jerry Frank jkfrank at shaw.ca
Tue Dec 24 04:57:52 PST 2002

I don't know what they are called in Germany where Guenther lives but I am 
sure he is referring to what is known as FHC in Canada - the Family History 
Centres of the Latter Day Saints Church.  These are genealogical libraries 
located in major cities and towns throughout the world where you can go to 
order and view the microfilms which the LDS have filmed in major archives.

The main one in Calgary (I think there are 2) is in the building of the 
17th Ave. LDS Stake near the Childrens' Hospital.  Phone ahead for hours of 
operation.  It is closed right now for a few weeks due to Christmas 
holidays.  Volunteers at the Centres will help you to become familiar with 
available materials and procedures for using them.

The normal procedure is to find a microfilm of interest based on the 
indexes held at each Centre.  You then order this in at nominal cost from 
their main library in Salt Lake City.  When it arrives, they phone to let 
you know it is in and you can go there to view the film on their special 
readers.  Each local FHC will, depending on size, hold certain popular 
microfilms in the local library on what is called permanent loan.  For 
example, in Calgary, you can view most Canadian passenger ship records 
without cost and without having to order in the films.  The same is true 
for the St. Petersburg Consistory records of the Lutheran Church which 
covers all of eastern Russia including Volhynia for the years 
1835-1885.  All 130+ reels of that series are held here on permanent 
loan.  Each FHC will also have certain books, maps, and other resources 

This is a brief introduction.  You will learn more as you make progress in 
this hobby.

At 02:13 PM 21/12/2002 -0700, Erv Schieman wrote:
>Hi Guenther,
>And a wondrful Merry Christmas to you. Thank you for responding. The
>message was very helpful. After I posted my first message I found that the
>Schmidt family indeed lived in the Kostopol district. What is FHLC? Can you
>please provide additional information regarding the microfilm material
>found at FHLC? Can anyone search the database? And if so how does go about
>the search? Please excuse my ignorance as I am just becoming familiar with
>genealogy research.
>Ervin Schieman
>Calgary, Alberta, Canada
>Erv Schieman schrieb:
> >As a new subscriber, I am most impressed with
> >the knowledge and the level of detail that many
> >posts include. I have begun searching for
> >information regarding the flight of my
> >grandparents ( Heinrich Schmidt, Maria
> >Beiberdorf) from Dermanka region to
> >Gerwischkehmen. Does anyone have map information
> >
> >regarding these two places and how they might
> >fled given that the year was 1911?
> >
>Hello Ervin,
>at first you should identify your Dermanka as there seem to be two in
>Volhynia, one in Lutsk and one other in the Kostopol district.
>The village of Gerwischkehmen is in the northeastern part of East
>Prussia (east of the provincial capital of Koenigsberg). Its present
>Russian name is Priozernoye and its exact location 8.4 km northwest of
>the district capital of Gumbinnen (Gusev), alongside the Pissa river
>(the records of the Gerwischkehmen evangelic parish are microfilmed in
>the FHLC).
>So the voyage should have started by horse and cart, loading into train
>at the Rowno (Rivne) or Lutsk station and transport by train via Kovel,
>Brest-Litovsk and Byelostok (customs station at Grayevo), Lyck,
>Insterburg and Gumbinnen.
>Merry Christmas,
>Guenther from Hilden, Germany
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Jerry Frank - Calgary, Alberta
jkfrank at shaw.ca 

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