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BYU Center for Family History and Genealogy


Contact Information

E-mail:[1]   cfhgoff@byu.edu


Joseph F. Smith Building 
Office 1031 
Brigham Young University
Provo, UT 84602-6800


  •   801.422.1968

Internet sites and databases:

  • Immigrant Ancestors Project, free online collection of hard-to-find European emigration registers.
  • Script Tutorials, free online lessons to help you read Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish language genealogy documents.
  • Welsh Mormon History, 6000+ person database built to reconstruct the nineteenth-century Welsh-Mormon immigration experience. Includes biographical, historical, religious, and family details on many immigrants.
  • Religion 261 Online Lessons, NewFamilySearch, RootsMagic, GedComs, Mac Programs, Gathering information, Research (Family History Library Catalog, Internet), Wiki, Indexing, Case Study, NewFamilySearch Temple Process

Collection Description

Census, vital birth, marriage, death, and divorce records, obituaries, cemeteries, immigration, land, Latter-day Saints, military, archives CDs, libraries and historical societies, reference books, family and local histories, periodicals, newspapers, biography, city directories, African American records, maps, government documents, digital archives, FamilySearch, Ancestry.com, Cyndi’s List, Footnote.com, GenForum, HeritageQuest Online, Rootsweb.com, AltaVista, Google, Teoma, Yahoo.

The library also acts as a Family History Center with access to microfilms of the Family History Library.


  • Free family history classes are taught on Sundays, click here, or telephone 801-422-6200.

Alternate Repositories

If you cannot visit or find a record at the Center for Family History and Genealogy, a similar record may be available at one of the following.

Repositories with significant Latter-day Saint collections

  • BYU Family History Library, Provo,
  • Family History Library, Salt Lake City, 450 computers, 3,400 databases, 3.1 million microforms, 4,500 periodicals, 310,000 books of worldwide family and local histories, civil, church, immigration, ethnic, military, Mormon records.
  • Church History Library, Salt Lake City, LDS history 1830-now: diaries, manuscripts, Church records, photographs, oral history, architectural drawings, pamphlets, newspapers, periodicals, maps, microforms, audiovisual material[4]
  • Daughters of Utah Pioneers, Salt Lake City, the Museum displays artifacts, and the History Department collects and preserves about 100,000 histories of pioneers who set out for, settled, or were born in Utah by 10 May 1869.[5]
  • Utah State Historical Society, Salt Lake City, family histories, photographs, books, manuscript collections, directories, maps, newspapers, yearbooks, and periodicals are available in the Research Center and online.[6]

Similar Collections

Neighboring repositories

Wikipedia has more about this subject: Harold B. Lee Library


  1. Center for Family History and Genealogy, "About Us" at http://familyhistory.byu.edu/about/about.html (accessed 17 November 2010).
  2. Harold B. Lee Library, "Contact Us" at http://www.lib.byu.edu/feedback.php (8 February 2010).
  3. Harold B. Lee Library, "Ask a Librarian" at http://www.lib.byu.edu/ask.php (accessed 8 February 2010).
  4. "Church History Library and Archives" in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints [Internet site] at http://www.lds.org/churchhistory/library (accessed 18 October 2008).
  5. "Pioneer Museum" and "History Department" pages in International Society ~ Daughter of Utah Pioneers [Internet site] at http://www.dupinternational.org/ (accessed 18 October 2008).
  6. "Research Center and Collections" and "Collections Available at the Research Center" in Utah State History [Internet site] at http://history.utah.gov/research_and_collections/index.html (accessed 18 October 2008).