Do Latter-day Saints Keep Genealogy Records in a Granite Mountain Vault?

March 18, 2013  - by 

Yes, we do. FamilySearch is committed to preserving historical records related to the human family. Since 1894, we have acquired genealogy records from around the world. Microfilm copies (and more recently digital images) of these records are stored in a high-tech vault excavated into a slab of granite in a mountain near Salt Lake City in the United States. To prevent these valuable collections from deteriorating, the public is not allowed access inside the vault.

Nathan Murphy

Nathan W. Murphy, MA, AG is a United States and Canada Research Consultant at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah. He specializes in Southern United States and English family trees.

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  1. Will you be putting on death and marriage for North Dakota?? Looking for a death record of my Great Great Uncle. Thank you

    1. FamilySearch does purchase well-researched and well-documented books of family history. We do not purchase heritage books that provide only very general information about a family surname and phone book–type listings of people with that surname. If you believe you have a publication that provides well-documented and well-researched information about a specific family line, please contact the Acquisitions Unit, Family History Library, 35 North West Temple Street, Salt Lake City, UT 84150, and provide them with the details to see if they would be interested in purchasing a copy.

  2. What about records that were open to researchers at the Library in Salt Lake City but have now been placed in Granite Mt where no one is allowed access? Is it possible to get some records released?

    I’m talking about the Dight Institute of Genetics research done at the University of MN. My family participated and I am trying to see my own family’s input. I have had no luck.

  3. I have several death and marriage certificates from my family that were in a lock box. I don’t feel like I need them but I don’t want to get rid of family history. Is this something you accept ?

  4. Ich habe noch ged-com Dateien die ich gerne einfügen möchte, anstatt 5000 Einträge von Hand einzutippen.
    wie kann ich da vorgehen?

    Translation: I still have ged-com files I would like to insert, instead of typing in 5000 entries by hand.
    How can I proceed?

  5. Registro de antepassados de Vincenzo Zucco casado com Rosaria D’agostino na Itália Estado da Calábria possivelmente Cittanova, Taurinova ou Nápoli.

    Translation: Vincenzo Zucco ancestor registration married to Rosaria D’agostino in Italy State of Calabria possibly Cittanova, Taurinova or Naples