Archives and Libraries of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

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An archive is a repository where public or historical documents are preserved. A library is where books, manuscripts, and microfilms are kept for research but not for sale. Most archives and libraries collect records about area residents (biographies, family histories, local histories, and histories of Church units), and about nearby places (maps, gazetteers, and place-finding aids). They often compile guides and special indexes to important local sources. In many communities they are a meeting place for a genealogical society. They may be able to provide referrals to people who are willing to search local records for you. Before you visit an archive or a library, contact them to ask about their collection, hours, services, and fees.

When one of these institutions is referred to elsewhere in this outline, return to this section to obtain the address.

The Family History Library has copies of many of the records from the archives and libraries listed below, but most of these repositories will have additional sources.

Latter-day Saint Online Genealogy Records[edit | edit source]

Links to online databases and indexes that may include vital records, biographies, cemeteries, censuses, histories, immigration records, land records, maps, military records, naturalizations, newspapers, obituaries, or probate records.

Family History Library[edit | edit source]

FamilySearch Library in Salt Lake City

The Family History Library contains a vast amount of genealogical information, including an extensive collection of books and microfilms about Latter-day Saints. The Library also has a collection of membership records of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, ranging from 1877 to 1948, and a few earlier membership records, church censuses, immigration records, and many indexes to a variety records such as the Early Church Information File.

Family History Centers and FamilySearch Centers[edit | edit source]

Family History Centers (FHCs) are branches of FamilySearch and the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah, located all over the world. Their goal is to provide resources to assist you in the research and study of your genealogy and family history by:

NOTE: The large centers, previously called multi-stake or regional centers, are now called FamilySearch Libraries.

To find a FamilySearch Center (branch of the Family History Library) near you click here.

As of September 2014, there are more than 4,700 FHCs in 134 countries. There is no cost to visit a Family History Center or FamilySearch Library. They are open to anyone with an interest in genealogical research. They are operated by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Church History Library[edit | edit source]

The Church History Library in Salt Lake City

The Church History Library preserves records, artifacts, and other materials relating to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The Library does not loan materials to Family History Centers. However, records are continuously being digitized and added to the Church History Catalog to be viewed online.

Staff will respond to queries submitted through the Ask Us link found throughout the Church History Library webpage Visitors are also welcome to visit the Library in person at:

15 East North Temple Street
Salt Lake City, UT 84150-3800 USA

Collections at the Church History Library may contain helpful genealogical information for researching members of The Church of Jesus Christ. The types of records include membership records, meeting minutes, and histories of ward, branches, stakes, and missions. The Library also collects diaries, journals, and other histories of Church leaders. The Church History Library has published works by and about The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and its members. This includes biographies, directories, emigration books, Church history, local ward, branch and stake histories, Mormon Battalion histories, newspapers and obituaries, periodicals and indexes, and the Journal History of the Church.

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Matthew Cowley Pacific Church History Centre[edit | edit source]

The Matthew Cowley Pacific Church History Centre "operates under the direction of the Pacific Area Presidency and functions as a branch of the Church History Department’s library and museum in Salt Lake City." It provides access to records for the Church in the Pacific. It is located in the Wendell B. Mendenhall Building at 465 Tuhikaramea Road, Temple View, New Zealand, near the Hamilton New Zealand Temple.[1]

Other Major Repositories[edit | edit source]

The following list shows other organizations that have genealogical and historical records about the Church and its members. Their catalogs are often available on the Internet.

Daughters of Utah Pioneers
Harold B. Lee Library at BYU
David O. McKay Library
Brigham Young University Idaho
Rexburg, ID 83440 USA
Telephone: 208-356-2355
Fax: 208-356-2385
Daughters of the Utah Pioneers
300 North Main
Salt Lake City, UT 84103 USA
Telephone: 801-538-1050

Delyte W. Morris Library
Southern Illinois University
Carbondale, IL 62901 USA
Telephone: 618-453-2522
Fax: 618-453-3440
Harold B. Lee Library
Brigham Young University
Provo, UT 84602 USA
Telephone: 801-378-6200
Fax: 801-378-6347

Huntington Library
1151 Oxford Road
San Marino, CA 91108 USA
Telephone: 626-405-2191
Fax: 626-449-5720

Joseph F. Smith Library
Brigham Young University Hawaii
55-220 Kulanui Street
Laie, HA 96762 USA
Telephone: 808-293-3876
Fax: 808-293-3877

J. Willard Marriott Library
University of Utah
Salt Lake City, UT 84112 USA
Telephone: 801-581-8364
Fax: 801-585-3464

Merrill Library
Special Collections and Archives

Utah State University
Logan, UT 84322-3000 USA
Telephone: 801-797-2663
Fax: 801-797-2880

Nauvoo Restoration Incorporated
Lands and Records Office

Corner of Parley and Partridge
P.O. Box 215
Nauvoo, IL 62354 USA
Telephone: 217-453-2733
(The records on the Early Latter-day Saint
website includes the Nauvoo Lands and Records
Office records for early Latter-day Saint families.)

Community of Christ Library
(Formerly known as the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.)
The Temple
201 S. River
Independence, Missouri 64051 USA
Telephone: 816-833-1000, extension 2400
Fax: 816-521-3089
See the Membership Records wiki article for this library’s Index to Archival Holdings, 1830–1994.
Stewart Library
Weber State University
2901 University Circle
Ogden, UT 84408 USA
Telephone: 801-626-6403
Fax: 801-626-7045

Repository Inventories[edit | edit source]

Guide to Archives and Manuscript Collections in Selected Utah Repositories. Salt Lake City: Utah State Historical Society, 1990. (Family History Library floppy disk no. 4 parts1–4). This is widely available in the Family History Suite 2. This inventory lists the author, title, number of volumes, location, and subject headings for each record cited. This emphasizes the Utah State Historical Society more than other repositories. It describes records at the following Utah repositories:

Whittaker, David J. Mormon Americana: A Guide to Sources and Collections in the United States. BYU Studies Monograph. Provo, Utah: BYU Studies, 1995. (Family History Library book 289.30160973 M828m). This covers more repositories but in less detail than the previous inventory. It includes references to the Family History Library and Historical Department.

Howells, Cyndi. LDS and Family History Centers. In Cyndi’s List of Genealogy Sites on the Internet [Internet site]. Puyallup, Washington: Cyndi Howells, 8 February 1998 [cited 10 September 1999]. Available at This site has numerous links for Internet resources for Latter-day Saint research and websites pertaining to some of the family history centers throughout the world.

[1]. In RootsWeb. [cited 10 September 2018].This list of sites and resources includes a large, regularly-updated research coordination list. ($)  For a subscription fee you can search several databases on this Internet site for early Church members. These databases are also available in the LDS Family History Suite 2 described in the Latter-day Saint Biographies wiki article.

Many public libraries, college libraries, and private locations have computer on-line services, networks and bulletin boards, and news groups for family history research. For further details about using these services see the United States Research Outline (30972), Second Edition, "Archives and Libraries" section.

  1. "Introduction to the Matthew Cowley Pacific Church History Centre," Church History section of (8 June 2017).