== Purpose ==
Family History Centers (FHCs) are branches of [https://www.familysearch.org/ FamilySearch] and the [[Family History Library|Family History Library]] in Salt Lake City, Utah (United States), 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:
*Offering free how-to classes (varies by location)
FamilySearch Center is the umbrella term for all of our center locations, large and small. Some have different names, and so the term FamilySearch Center is used to refer to all of them, collectively. Most are still individually called Family History Centers. The large centers, previously called multi-stake or regional centers, are now called FamilySearch Libraries , but are still included in the umbrella term "FamilySearch Center. "
As of September 2014, there were more than 4,700
FSCs in 134 countries. There is no cost to visit a FamilySearch Center, and they are open to anyone with an interest in genealogical research. They are operated by [http://mormon.org/ The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS)].
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== Finding a FamilySearch Center ==
Most Family History Centers are located in LDS Church meetinghouse facilities (chapels and Stake Centers of [http://www.lds.org/?lang=eng The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints]). You do not have to be a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to make use of a Family History Center. Everyone is welcome to visit the centers and use their resources. <br>
== Visiting a
FamilySearch Center ==
Family History Centers are locally operated and supervised. The facilities and resources of the centers differ by location, and range from small, “Computer-only” facilities that do not circulate film and are open only a few hours a week, to large centers open typical business hours with dozens of volunteers, computers, digital film readers, scanners, and printers to support the patrons’ use of extensive collections of books, periodicals, maps, microfilm and microfiche. <br>
<br>Family History Center staff can also help you search the [[An overview of the FamilySearch Catalog|FamilySearch Catalog]], or you can search it yourself before visiting the center. The [[An overview of the FamilySearch Catalog|FamilySearch Catalog]] is a catalog of the holdings of the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, the central library of FamilySearch which has been gathering genealogical records for over 115 years. Most of those records were recorded onto microfilm and microfiche. Copies of those 2.3 million rolls of microfilm and microfiche circulate to Family History Centers all over the world much like a public library’s inter-library loan system. The Family History Library's book and CD collections do not circulate.
If you know what films or fiche you would like to order, you may want to bring a printed copy of the film description from the FamilySearch Catalog. In many parts of the world, you may be able to order the film on-line and have it sent to the Family History Center nearest to you.<br>
==== Free classes ====