FamilySearch Affiliate Libraries

June 7, 2019  - by 

Hundreds of FamilySearch affiliate libraries are helping extend FamilySearch’s services to millions of patrons worldwide. Although FamilySearch manages the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah, and over 5,000 family history centers throughout the world, it recognizes the invaluable need for library affiliates to help more patrons make personal family history connections. 

Affiliate libraries (whether public, special, or university) have access to FamilySearch’s digital genealogical collections that are otherwise accessible only through a FamilySearch family history center. FamilySearch also provides its affiliates with the latest tools and tips for genealogy reference librarians. 

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  1. I have been researching for 30+ years and visited several FHL. What I find discerning is that each have their own hardback books and family biographies. If each FHL could enter their collection into maybe a special category for FamilySearch and be able to write/email for some research, this may be a large boost in research. Some have them cataloged but not share the list with you, others do not even have them in any type of system.

    1. This article talks about the records you can access at affiliate libraries. Generally the records that can only be accessed at an affiliate library are marked with an icon that looks like a camera with a key above it. Hope this helps!

  2. When accessing FamilySearch at the Society of Genealogists, which is an Affiliate Library, several months ago, I was unable to access some digital images that were only accessible at LDS Family History Centres, presumably as a result of licensing restrictions.

    Is it possible to give an indication of what proportion of British resources are unavailable in this way? Are any steps being taken to improve this situation?

  3. Where is there a list of affiliate libraries with access to records which have a locked key symbol? Is there a state by state listing?

  4. Must I become a member to the NY Affilate Library in order search my NY family records? I am trying to find a death or annulment record on a family member.

    1. Not necessarily, FamilySearch.org has multiple records that can help you find what you are looking for. Click here to search FamilySearch’s New York records.