Make Discoveries at a Family History Center
Local volunteers can help jumpstart your family history journey.

The services provided in centers are free. You’ll enjoy:

Personalized help
Center guests can receive personal help from volunteers in one of more than 5,400 centers worldwide.
Access to technology
Centers offer complimentary access to computers, internet, and subscription family history websites. Available resources vary by location.
Access to exclusive records
Visitors to FamilySearch centers get special access to images of historical records that are only available in centers.

What is a center like?

Each center is unique, but they all offer a space to learn more about your ancestors. They are located in many types of buildings, like churches and libraries.

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Exterior of the Idaho Falls, Idaho, center
Idaho Falls, Idaho FamilySearch Center interior
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Interior of the Idaho Falls, Idaho center

Frequently Asked Questions

Why are centers often in churches?

FamilySearch is sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The Church provides FamilySearch resources free of charge to everyone, regardless of tradition, culture, or religious affiliation.

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Are there any strings attached?

No. The resources available in centers are free, with no commitment required. Center volunteers are trained to help you make family history discoveries and do not expect anything in return.

How can this be free?

FamilySearch is an international non-profit supported by its sponsor, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and donors. Donations are not required to use the services.

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What are the hours? Do I need an appointment?

Some centers may require an appointment. Check the center details included in the location map to check the hours of operation and if appointments are needed.

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What services are available near me?

Details about available services and contact information for each center can often be found in the location map. You can also contact the center directly to learn about specific services offered.

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If the center is in a church, do I need to dress up?

The dress code for guests at FamilySearch centers is casual. Since it is a family-friendly environment, attire should not detract from the experience of other guests.

Centers are part of the FamilySearch Library Network