Did you know that the Family History Library (FHL) has a FREE photoduplication service? They will look up a document from microfilm for you and email you an image. This is a GREAT service! You must know the exact microfilm and the details needed to find that document quickly. The volunteers doing this will not do any research at all.
- Limit of 5 lookups per month. They have to restrict the number because of how many requests they get. You can put all 5 on a single request.
- You must have exact information, microfilm number, name and date of event.
- Please check to make sure that the microfilm/record you need isn’t already available on FamilySearch (FS) as a free image. FS releases new databases with image files all the time.
Here is an example of an appropriate request (and this is one that I just got back):
Marriage record of William Grantham and Louisa Watts 1861
Volume 1, page 397
I was able to get the actual volume/page from an index. If I had had the exact marriage date I could have gotten away with not having the volume/page.
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