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Church History Library

of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Contact Information[edit | edit source]

Ask a Librarian

Address[1]

15 E North Temple Street
Salt Lake City, Utah 84150

Hours[2]

  • 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. M T W F
  • 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. Thursday
  • 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Saturday

Maps and public transportation:

Internet sites and databases:

  • Church History Library home page: resources, hours and admission, services and rules, location and parking.
  • Church History Catalog: online catalog with information and some digital images of items held in the Church History Library.
  • Missionary database: index of individuals who served missions for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
  • Pioneer database: index of individuals and companies that crossed the plains to Utah from 1847 to 1868. Also includes transcribed excerpts from trail diaries, letters, and newspaper reports.
  • The Historical Record: blog of the Church History Library, offering research suggestions and insights into using the resources of the library.

Collection Description[edit | edit source]

Manuscripts, books, photographs, oral histories, architectural drawings, pamphlets, newspapers, periodicals, maps, microforms, and audiovisual materials dealing with the history of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. 

  • Ward, branch, mission, and stake records from around the world, including membership records primarily from 1877 to 1970, meeting minutes, and some early emigration records. The Church History Library is the only place to access membership records from 1949 to 1970.
  • Journal History of the Church: chronological scrapbook of events of the Church of Jesus Christ from 1830 to 2008, includes an index.
  • Patriarchal Blessings: collection spans from 1833 to the present; the blessings generally includes some genealogical data; blessings may only be requested for deceased, direct-line ancestors.
  • Missionary, and priesthood quorum records.
  • Diaries and journals of individuals including pioneers and some Church of Jesus Christ leaders
  • Published histories of wards, branches, stakes, and missions
  • Biographical information, photos, and documentation about leaders in the Church of Jesus Christ.
  • Church of Jesus Christ periodicals and newspapers.
  • Local unit histories (splitting, merging, starting, or reorganizing of ward, branch, mission, and stake boundaries)

Guide[edit | edit source]

The Tracing Latter-day Saint Ancestors Wiki pages describe in detail some of the sources at the Church History Library. See especially Census · Colonization · Emigration and Immigration · Historical Geography · History · Membership Records · Military Records · Missionaries · Newspapers · Patriarchal Blessings · Periodicals · Priesthood Records.

Alternate Repositories[edit | edit source]

If you cannot visit or find a record at the Church History Library, a similar source may be available at one of the following:

Overlapping Collections

  • Family History Library, SLC, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints membership records; temple records, census, genealogy, obituaries, Early Church Info File
  • Brigham Young University, Provo UT, genealogy, history, census, Family History Center, digitized family history
  • Daughters of Utah Pioneers, SLC, biographies of ancestors who arrived in Utah prior to the railroad in 1869
  • Community of Christ Library, Independence MO, former Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, a group that shares part of their history with the Utah Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. For a microfilm inventory of their archive records 1830-1994, click here.

Similar Collections

Neighboring Collections

Sources[edit | edit source]

  1. "Contact Us" on the Church History Library website: https://history.lds.org/article/chl-contact
  2. "Hours and Admission" on the Church History Library website: https://history.lds.org/article/chl-hours