Records Preservation Missions

record preservation missionaries

Family history missionaries help create inspiring experiences that bring joy to all people as they discover, gather, and connect their family—past, present, and future. Records preservation plays an essential role in this endeavor, making it possible for members to find their ancestors and perform needed temple work.

Family history missionaries can help preserve records in a variety of ways. Some missionaries work with records custodians at churches, county courthouses, and state or national archives to identify, organize, and preserve records using a digital camera or scanning equipment. Others serve from home or at local facilities, preparing records for publication on FamilySearch.org.

Below are a few ways family history missionaries can contribute to records preservation, whether as a full-time or service missionary.

Family History Book Scanning
Full-Time Mission or Service Mission

FamilySearch book-scanning missionaries create high-resolution digital images of family histories and the areas where they lived. After scanning, missionaries audit the images for quality. The books are uploaded, made full-text searchable, and published in the FamilySearch Digital Library.

Book scanning can be done as a full-time or service mission.

Full-Time Mission


  • Where: Full-time missionaries are called to a book-scanning mission in the United States, Canada, or Norway.
  • Time Commitment: 40 hours a week for at least six months in the United States and Canada and at least 12 months internationally.
  • Skills Needed: All training is provided.

Service Mission


  • Where: Service missionaries serve at an operations center near home.
  • Time Commitment: A minimum of eight hours a week for at least six months.
  • Skills Needed: All training is provided.
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Historical Records Image Capture
Full-Time Mission Only

Digital image capture missionaries serve at churches, county courthouses, and state or national archives to digitize records. We use software to calibrate the camera, capture the image, manage the project, and capture metadata or information about the records. The images are audited, processed, and published on FamilySearch.org.

Time Commitment: 40 hours a week for a minimum of one year.

Skills Needed: Strong communication skills and an eagerness to learn. Computer skills are helpful.
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Prepare Historical Records for Publication
Full-Time Mission or Service Mission

These family history missionaries perform a variety of tasks related to preparing and publishing historical records on FamilySearch.org. These tasks include indexing a variety of records not available to the general indexing public and working with the FamilySearch Family Tree. Records preparation can be done as a full-time or service mission.

Full-Time Mission Preparing Records


  • Where: Full-time missionaries serve exclusively at an operations center located in Utah, Arizona, and Idaho.
  • Time Commitment: Full-time missionaries serve 40 hours per week for a minimum of 12 months.
  • Skills Needed: Intermediate computer experience is preferred; genealogical experience is not needed. All training is provided.

Service Mission Preparing Records


  • Where: Service missionaries can prepare records from home or at an operations center near them.
  • Time Commitment: Service missionaries serving from home commit to 12 to 16 hours per week for a minimum of 12 months.
  • Skills Needed: Intermediate computer experience is preferred, but genealogical experience is not needed. All training is provided.
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Interested in becoming a family history missionary? If you still have questions, fill out your contact information, and a family history missionary will contact you to provide additional information.

Are you passionate about family history? Share your love of family history through meaningful service.
Family history missionaries can serve full-time or part-time from home, in their community, or around the world.
Discover the joy of serving a family history mission—all from the comforts of your home!