*Giving personal one-on-one assistance to patrons
*Providing access to genealogical records through the Internet
or [[Ordering Microfilm or Microfiche|microfilm loan program]]
*Offering free how-to classes (varies by location)
<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>
== FamilySearch Affiliate Libraries ==
FamilySearch Affiliate Public Libraries have privileges to
borrow microfilms and microfiche from FamilySearch . Films and fiche go to the affiliate organization and patrons view the microfilm at the library. Public or university libraries, archives, museums, or genealogical societies can become affiliate public libraries.
The Affiliate Public Library does have some limitations and does not have all the privileges of a family history center.
The affiliate provides their own equipment to view microfilm or microfiche and they do not have a Tivoli connection to FamilySearch servers are access to the premium websites found on the Family History Center Portal. There are also some restricted images in Historical Records they are unable to view. == Ordering Microfilm - Discontinued == On September 1, 2017, FamilySearch will discontinue its microfilm distribution services. (The last day to order microfilm will be on August 31, 2017.) The change is the result of significant progress in FamilySearch’s microfilm digitization efforts and the obsolescence of microfilm technology. Digital imaging has made it easier to find ancestors through the internet, mobile, and other technologies. Here are some commonly asked questions about the replacement of microfilm with digital access.<br> '''Microfilm distribution services discontinue on September 1, 2017.''' The last day for ordering microfilm will be August 31, 2017. <br> *For more details about viewing microfilm already at a Family History Center, visit the [https://familysearch.org/ask/faq#overview Digital Records Access Replacing Microfilm FAQ].<br>
== FamilySearch Centers vs. Family History Center ==