How do I download historical record images?

Before you start

  • You can access record images through FamilySearch Historical Records or Explore Historical Images.
  • Legal agreements between FamilySearch and the organization that owns the image can prohibit downloading.
  • You must download images one at a time. Click and open a specific image in the viewer.
  • Steps from Search Records

  1. Find the image that you want to download.
  2. From the Record Details page, click View Original Document.
  3. In the top-right corner of the viewing window, click Download.
  4. Depending on your browser, the download happens automatically, or you save the image. Check the online help for your browser if you have questions. 
  5. If nothing happens, hover the mouse pointer over the word Download and reading the message about restrictions.

Steps from Search Images

  1. Find the image that you would like to download.
  2. In the vertical tool bar to the left of the image, click the Tools icon .
  3. A drop-down menu appears. Click the Download icon .
  4. Depending on your browser, the download happens automatically, or you must save the image first. Check the online help for your browser if you have questions. 
  5. If nothing happens, hover the mouse pointer over the Download icon and reading the message that appears.

Steps (mobile app)

  1. To find and view an image, use Search Historical Records. 
  2. On the black bar above the image, tap Download
    1. On a smaller screen, instead of Download, you see a white Work icon next to the Attach icon. Tap the Work icon, and then tap Download
    2. If you see the message "Due to contract restrictions, this feature is disabled," the owner of the records collection does not allow patrons to download images. 
  3. Depending on your device, the download happens automatically, or you must save the image first. Check the online help for your device if you have questions. 

Steps (Family Tree Lite)

Family Tree Lite does not allow you to view and download images.

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