Family History Library/2nd Floor

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The 2nd Floor of the Family History Library is known as the United States and Canada Research Floor. There are many things to do on this floor. Click on the portion of the map that you want to learn more about.


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Info Desk

Stop at the Information Desk to get your research questions answered. The volunteers and missionaries here will get you started with your research and find someone to help you.

Glass Room

Reserve one of our glass classrooms for your group to use when you're here. This room can hold up to 8 people. It is also equipped with a network cable and power outlet found in the center of the table. All reservations are based upon availability.

2N Lab

This computer lab has 30 computers programmed as research computers. They have access to the subscription websites and everything else available on the research computers on the floor.

You can reserve this room for your own presentation or even for a group presentation from the Family History Library. To learn more about reserving the computer lab go to Group Visit Options on the FamilySearch Wiki. All reservations are based upon availability.

This room is also used for classes taught by our research specialists and missionaries. To view the class schedule or listen to past classes go to Family History Library Classes and Webinars on the FamilySearch Wiki.

2S Lab

This computer lab has 23 computers programmed as research computers. They have access to the subscription websites and everything else available on the research computers on the floor.

You can reserve this room for your own presentation or even for a group presentation from the Family History Library. To learn more about reserving the computer lab go to Group Visit Options on the FamilySearch Wiki. This lab is only available after 5:00 PM weeknights and all day Saturday. All reservations are based upon availability.

This is where you will go if you plan to attend the Boy Scout Genealogy Merit Badge Workshop. To learn more about the workshop go to Boy Scout Genealogy Merit Badge Workshop in the FamilySearch Wiki.

Microfilm Readers

Throughout the years there have been many different styles of microfilm readers available. On the 2nd Floor we have 123 different types of readers available for your use. Types of available readers:

  • 99 Right-Hand Readers
  • 6 Left-Hand Readers
  • 8 Mechanical Readers
  • 4 42x Magnification Right-Hand Readers
  • 2 65x Magnification Right-Hand Readers
  • 1 42x Magnification Left-Hand Reader
  • 3 Handicap Readers (Films are placed below Rather than above.)

Microfilms

This floor contains microfilms found from the United States and Canada. Some of the languages that you can find among these films are: English, French, Spanish, and Latin. You may find more languages as you do research on your family. You can make copies of documents you find on microfilms at the Copy Center.

Microfiche Readers

There are 4 microfiche readers available for your use. You can make copies of the documents you find on microfiche at the Copy Center.

Copy Center

Here are the services found at the Copy Center on the 2nd Floor:

  • 15 Proscanner Microfilm Readers (These allow you take a microfilm and either print what you have found or save it to a flash drive. We ask that you spend no longer than 30 minutes on these machines.)
  • Vending machine where you can buy Print Cards ($2, $5, $10, or $20), 8GB Flashdrives ($6), and headphones ($1)
  • Money Exchange: This machine will give $1.00 bills.
  • There are 36 free lockers for you to store your personal items. All lockers must be emptied at the end of the day.
  • Ask your questions about where to find microfilms or books in the collection.
  • There are 3 printers available throughout the floor for your use.

Pager Desk

To reach a Research Specialist, talk to the volunteer at the pager desk. Our specialists can help you with research methodology, record extraction, reading the old handwriting, and even reading records in another language.

Research Computers

There are 82 research computers available on the 2nd Floor. When the computers shut down all memory is wiped. Please make sure to save your work often. These computers are programmed with access to many subscription websites as well as different genealogy programs. Here is a list of some of the more popular websites and programs:

  • Ancestry.com
  • ArkivDigital
  • EmiWeb
  • FindMyPast
  • Fold3.com
  • JSTOR
  • RootsMagic
  • AncestralQuest
  • Legacy (Family History Program)
  • Personal Ancestral File (PAF)
  • and many more!

These computers also connect to 3 printers available on the floor, so you can print what you find on the computer. Remember that you will need a copy card from the vending machine found at the Copy Center.

Hearing Impaired Area

We also have research consultations are available for the deaf and hard of hearing. There is an area of 12 computers reserved for ease of use. These computers are loaded with all of the same programs that you will find on the Research Computers. If you need assistance, please see a volunteer at this bank of computers.

These computers also connect to 3 printers available on the floor, so you can print what you find on the computer. Remember that you will need a copy card from the vending machine found at the Copy Center.

Special Collections

Some items in our collection are restricted to members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Photo identification and a temple recommend (or a Letter from your Bishop) are necessary to use Special Collections. Special Collections is open 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM Monday-Saturday.