BYU Family History Library
Contact Info[edit | edit source]
Visitor parking is located north of the Art Museum or south of the Law School and east of the Wilkinson Student Center. http://map.byu.edu/ Or ride the bus. Walk to center of campus to locate the library.
Internet sites and databases:
Collection Description[edit | edit source]
The BYU Family History Library, located in the Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah, has 300,000+ microfilms, hundreds of thousands of microfiche, newspapers on microfilm, numerous subscription online databases, and access to many well known online genealogical databases. A list of all our resources is viewable at our website. Some online resources are only accessible in the library, some are available anywhere through the internet.
Library Resources[edit | edit source]
The BYU FHL offers an array of scanners for slides, negatives, prints, documents, maps, and microforms in all formats, at no charge (patrons should bring their own storage media). A large format printer for photos and charts or posters up to 24” x 56” is available. Instruction is usually available for all equipment. A BYU card or courtesy card is required for printing. Money can be added to cards on site. Patrons may view the equipment at http://guides.lib.byu.edu/content.php?pid=46986&sid=372141
The physical collection consists of several thousand family and personal histories, county and local histories, a maps department, reference works, L. Tom Perry Special Collections, and numerous genealogical periodicals.
L. Tom Perry Special Collections[edit | edit source]
The Special Collections at BYU houses 300,000 books, 9,000 manuscript collections, and nearly 3/4 million photographs. These collections of original documents from Mormon history, BYU history, Literature, and World History as well as a variety of family and personal histories and journals from LDS leaders may be viewed in the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Reading room.
Information regarding what is available in the L. Tom Perry Special Collections can be accessed online through the Harold B. Lee Library website, lib.byu.edu/sites/sc/. This website includes helpful research tips to help effectively find the information and sources needed as well as news and upcoming events. Refer to this website for location, hours of service and policies.
Map Collection[edit | edit source]
Provides access to a host of maps--both domestic and international. There are also hundreds of gazetteers for locating information and statistics about cities and towns. An online Guide to Genealogy Resources in the Map Collection is available.
Social Sciences[edit | edit source]
Houses the library’s collection of family histories as well as City Directories and other city and county histories.
Additional Research Helps[edit | edit source]
Temple and Family History Consultants[edit | edit source]
One hundred fifty volunteer consultants provide assistance with genealogical research. Professional librarians, and student employees are available to answer questions.
Sundays[edit | edit source]
The library is open the second and fourth Sunday of each month, with few exceptions. Classes and library hours can be viewed at http://lib.byu.edu/sites/familyhistory/sunday-classes/
You may also schedule a Sunday tour by calling 801.422.6200.
Alternate Repositories[edit | edit source]
If you cannot visit or find a record at the BYU Family History Library, a similar record may be available at one of the following.
Repositories with significant Latter-day Saint collections
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