Tips for Visiting the Family History Library

April 23, 2014  - by 

Each year thousands of people travel from throughout the world to access the wealth of genealogical resources contained at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah. In many cases, it is less expensive for international visitors to come to the Family History Library than it is to travel to all all of the various archives within their own countries. Many visitors plan their family and personal vacations around their visit to the library.

By visiting the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, visitors have free access to:

  • Approximately 2.4 million microfilms of historical and genealogical records
  • Nearly 400,000 books and serials
  • Twenty professional research consultants
  • More than 600 missionaries and community volunteers
  • 550 patron computers
  • 350 microfilm readers
  • Free access to online databases, including, and other popular search sites.

All of these services are free to visitors and help dramatically improve that chances that your visit will be a successful one.

Before visiting the Family History Library, it is a good idea to do your homework and come well prepared. Putting in some time before your visit will save you many hours of work while at the library and could save you a lot of potential frustration and unnecessary effort.

To see some useful tips for preparing for your visit to the Family History Library, visit the webpage titled, “Tips for Visiting the Family History Library.”

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  1. Thank you so very much. I find this information very timely in my Family History work right now. I could say more but I won’t do it now. Thank you so much for all you do for me saving me a trip to the Library where ever.

  2. I have been trying to delete information that I put on Family Search. While I have followed instructions, my efforts have been unsuccessful.

    If if tis possible I would like to erase everything and start all over again. If I can’t do that I may as well forget about making a family tree on this site.

    Is there anything that can be done?