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Donating to the Family History Library and FamilySearch[edit | edit source]

FamilySearch collects records of genealogical and historical value to enable families to gather and connect in order to experience the joy of discovering their family. Gifts and donations of genealogical records and family histories are accepted to they can be preserved and shared on FamilySearch.org

Gifts and Donations Guidelines[edit | edit source]

All donations become the property of FamilySearch and will not be returned unless paid for by the donor.

FamilySearch accepts materials that:

  • Are typed, well organized, and includes a title, author, and publication date
  • Add new information to FamilySearch's collection
  • Do not violate current privacy and copyright laws
  • Do not include living people, for privacy reasons. If the book contains information about living individuals, the author takes sole responsibility for the availability of this information to the public.

Materials Accepted by the Family History Library[edit | edit source]

  • Family histories
  • Published genealogical books
  • Published historical books such as local and county histories
  • Periodicals
  • Directories
  • Indexes and transcriptions of records in book format
  • Autobiographies and biographies containing genealogical materials for multiple generations

Additional Materials Accepted by FamilySearch's Digital Library[edit | edit source]

  • Yearbooks
  • Journals (Over 70 years old)
  • Family Bibles
  • Autobiographies and biographies (without living people)

Other Materials[edit | edit source]

Family stories, photos, and videos should be added to FamilySearch Family Tree or in the Memories section of FamilySearch.org. Family information on Pedigree Charts, Family Group Sheets, or GEDCOM files, should also be added into Family Tree.

The following materials should be shared with family members, or a local historical society or public library.

  • Artifacts, souvenirs, or memorabilia
  • Correspondence and travelogues
  • Fiction
  • Personal journals (less than 70 years old)
  • Newspapers and newspaper clippings
  • Obituaries
  • Original source documents (birth, marriage, death certificates; probates; deeds, etc.)

Materials Related to members of the The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints[edit | edit source]

Materials related to members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints or its history (including personal journals, missionary journals, biographies, autobiographies) may also be sent to the Church History Library for their collection. For more information, please contact them and a Church History Library representative will contact you if they determine that your item fits within the scope of their collections.:

Church History Library
Donations Guidelines
Telephone: 801-240-5696
Email: history@ChurchofJesusChrist.org

Financial Donations[edit | edit source]

Donations help support FamilySearch's vision of discovering, gathering, and connecting family members, acquiring records and building bridges to the future. You may donate online at our FamilySearch website.

Other Donation Items[edit | edit source]

For information on how to donate money, property, or equipment, visit the The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Philanthropies website.

Sell to FamilySearch[edit | edit source]

  • If you wish to sell a family history or genealogical publication to FamilySearch, please send an official offer to fhl-acq@familysearch.org.

Permission to Duplicate or Digitize[edit | edit source]

In order to legally duplicate copyrighted materials, FamilySearch must have permission from the author or copyright holder. Please send a completed General Donation form and a Permission to Duplicate form when applicable, with your materials. Forms may be downloaded below, requested by phone, email, or regular post from the contact information listed under the heading, Process for Donating to the Family History Library:

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Process for Donating to the Family History Library[edit | edit source]

1. Carefully review the FamilySearch Gifts and Donations Policy.

2. Fill out the following forms:

3. Mail, email, or drop off your donation and the completed forms listed above to:

FamilySearch
Family History Library - Gifts
35 N. West Temple Street
Salt Lake City, UT 84150-1103 USA
Telephone: 1-801-240-1855
Email: books@familysearch.org

Donation Forms[edit | edit source]

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Gifts and Donations Policy[edit | edit source]

FamilySearch Gifts and Donations Policy

General Donation Form in Other Languages[edit | edit source]

Permission to Duplicate Form in Other Languages[edit | edit source]

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