What is the minimum number of miles a new FHC can be from an existing center?
We would like to add a Family History Center (FHC) to one of our Cherokee County, Georgia meetinghouses. The application asks the number of miles the new center will be from an existing center. Does anyone know what the guidelines for distance are? Our stake FHC is in another county.
Hello David. I think this question is not so much about the actual distance but how members and Guests in the associated catchment areas will provide the Centers with visitors demographically speaking.
This is just a personal surmise and not a value from the handbook - so to speak. However, my interest is aroused by your question and I intent to find a qualified answer.
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The answer is zero. The proximity of an FHC to another is no longer a criteria for determining a new center. According to the article on requesting a new FHC. It simply is a matter of room in the building, internet access, enough staff to open the center for a reasonable number of hours, and approval from FM, the Stake President, and the Area president.
The current form is many years outdated and asks questions no longer applicable, such as film circulation which ended some 20 years ago. So many of the questions are obviously no longer relevant. We have many centers in the North America region that are less than 5 minutes apart. They also used to only have one center per stake, but that too has been done away with as most stakes have more than one.
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