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Published: Saturday, July 6, 2013 1:15 a.m. CST

PRINCETON – Bureau County Genealogical Society is now a FamilySearch affiliate library. 

The designation means library patrons will have greater and more convenient access to resources available through FamilySearch.

FamilySearch is the largest repository of free genealogical records, and manages the Family History Library in Salt Lake City. 

FamilySearch is extending access to its collections by circulating microfilms of the historic records through select public libraries. The Bureau County Genealogical Society is one of these. 

Since only a small portion of the world’s genealogical records are online, researchers can access FamilySearch’s extensive collection by going to the society’s library at 629 S. Main St.

There is a cost (prices vary) payable to FamilySearch to cover rental and mailing when ordering a microfilm. Patrons can search the Family History Library Catalog online at to see what records are available. 

Orders must be placed from home using a credit card. 

Once the film arrives at BCGS, patrons will use the microfilm readers there to view it. Assistance will be available from the library’s staff.

For more information, contact the Bureau County Genealogical Society at or 815-879-3133 or 815-303-7386.

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