NOTE: The large centers, previously called multi-stake or regional centers, are now called FamilySearch Libraries.
As of September 2014, there are more than 4,700 FHCs in 134 countries. There is no cost to visit a Family History Center or FamilySearch Library. 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
== Finding a Family History Center ==
Each center has unique hours of operation, and may have changed from the hours posted on our site. It is a good idea to call the center for their scheduled hours before you visit.
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 Family History 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>
The centers are generally staffed by volunteer members of local congregations of
the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, as well as non-LDS genealogy enthusiasts from the community. Staff members are not paid for their services. More experienced volunteers may be able to assist patrons with specific research challenges.
Because the center hours, resources, and expertise of volunteer staff will vary widely, patrons with specific research questions may wish to call before visiting a center to find out who might be able to assist them, and the best time to visit.