On April 1, Douglas County Libraries (DCL) announced that it had expanded its genealogy resources by becoming the newest public library to be approved as a FamilySearch Affiliate.

FamilySearch is the world’s largest repository of free genealogical records and manages the famous Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.  FamilySearch is extending access to its collections of billions of historical records by circulating microfilms these records through select public libraries, now including DCL, via the Douglas County History Research Center (DCHRC).

Read more details in the full press release:  DCL is a FamilySearch Affiliate Library 20140401.

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The Castle Rock Genealogical Society is extremely pleased with this new arrangement.  Under the strategic alliance between CRCGS and DCL, the society had approached DCL back in October to suggest that DCL complete the application process to become an affiliate, which has been in the works until now.  DCL’s new Affiliate status benefits both library patrons and genealogical society members alike.

Normally microfilm from the Family History Library is only accessible to be rented into local Family History Centers, which are volunteer-run and have limited hours, and none of which are located in Castle Rock.  By having access to FamilySearch microfilm at the DCHRC, patrons will have expanded hours to view their microfilm during any time the library is open.

The availability to rent microfilm is very timely considering the society’s planned week-long research trip to the Family History Library in September.  Interested individuals can rent in microfilm, such as indexes to original records, which can be reviewed prior to the trip, enabling time spent at the library to be focused on finding the original records rather than looking up entries in indexes.

The society will offer a training session in the near future on the microfilm ordering and use processes.