Family History Library
Contact Information[edit | edit source]
Telephone: 801-240-2584 or 866-406-1830
Hours and holidays: Click here or call the phone number above.
Parking and Transportation:
Library Rules[edit | edit source]
1. Set cellular phones to silence or vibrate. Phones should not “ring” in the Library. Quiet
Library Background[edit | edit source]
• Founded in 1894 to gather genealogical records and assist members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints with their family history and genealogical research • Largest library of its kind in the world • Open to the general public at no charge • Visited by an estimated 1,900 or more individual patrons and groups each day.
Library Resources[edit | edit source]
Patron Class Schedule[edit | edit source]
Online Resources[edit | edit source]
• FamilySearch is the online web site which hosts: • The Ancestral File. • The International Genealogical Index. • The Pedigree Resource File database. • US Social Security Death Index • Vital Records Index • 1880 United States Census • 1881 British Isles Census• 1881 Canadian Census
• The Family History Library Catalog online describes the library's holdings.
Collection Description[edit | edit source]
• The collection includes over 2.4 million rolls of microfilmed genealogical records; 727,000 microfiche; 356,000 books, serials, and other formats; 4,500 periodicals; 3,725 electronic databases. • The Ancestral File database contains more than 36 million names that are linked into families. • The International Genealogical Index database contains approximately 600 million names of deceased individuals. An addendum to the International Genealogical Index contains an additional 125 million names. These names have been patron submitted or extracted from thousands of original birth, christening and marriage records. • The Pedigree Resource File database contains over 100 million names that are linked into families. • Records available are from the United States, Canada, the British Isles, Europe, Latin America, Asia, and Africa. • Thousands of records are added to the collection each month. • A majority of the records contain information about persons who lived before 1930. • Approximately 200 cameras are currently microfilming records in over 45 countries. Records have been filmed in over 110 countries, territories, and possessions.
Donations[edit | edit source]
Gifts of family histories, organized collections, and other records that contain genealogical information are welcome. For example, you can write a history of your family and donate a copy to the Family History Library. When you donate an item, you can indicate that you would like the item microfilmed, as well. More details about donations.
View Guidelines for Gifts, Donations, and Loans to FamilySearch.
If you have questions about donations please contact:
Book Donations at:
Patron Resources[edit | edit source]
• 475 patron computers • 408 microfilm readers • 36 microfiche readers • 27 digital microfilm and microfiche copiers • 4 book scanners • 14 book copiers • Seating capacity for 375 at tables • Orientation and research classes
What's New at the Family History Library[edit | edit source]
Check out the new books that have been added to the collection! Please note that some browsers have problems with PDF files and to open these you may need to 'Right Click' and open in a new window.[edit | edit source]
US/Canada Collections (current)
British Collections (current)
International Collections (current)
Family History Collections (current)
Staff/Reference Collections (current)
Personnel[edit | edit source]
• Currently 60 full-time and part-time professional staff • Approximately 600 trained volunteers
Guides[edit | edit source]
Visiting the Family History Library[edit | edit source]
Group Visits[edit | edit source]
FHL visitors describe their experiences:
FamilySearch Centers[edit | edit source]
• FamilySearch Centers are branches of the Family History Library. • Over 4,500 family history centers operate in more than 100 countries. • Local FamilySearch Centers are staffed by helpful volunteers. • About 100,000 rolls of microfilm are circulated to family history centers each month.
• Click here to locate a nearby family history center, or call 866-406-1830 in the United States or Canada. Click here for the map-based locator.
Alternate Repositories[edit | edit source]
If you cannot find a source you need at the Family History Library, try one or more of these other repositories.
Repositories with very large genealogical collections
Repositories with significant Latter-day Saint collections
Sources[edit | edit source]
To access available information, first log into FamilySearch.