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Family History


Contact Information[edit | edit source]



35 North West Temple Street
Salt Lake City, Utah 84150-3400

Telephone: 801-240-2584 or 866-406-1830

Hours and holidays:  Click here or call the phone number above.

Parking and Transportation:

Copy Fees:

  • Black and white 8 1/2 x 11: U.S. $.05
  • Black and white 11 x 14: U.S. $.10
  • Color 8 1/2 x 11: U.S. $.30
  • Color 11 x 14: U.S. $.60

More copy information

Library Rules[edit | edit source]

1. Set cellular phones to silence or vibrate. Phones should not “ring” in the Library. Quiet
cell phone conversations are permitted in the Library. Please be respectful of those
around you. Library staff is authorized to request that patrons discontinue phone
2. Do not leave personal belongings unattended. The library is not responsible for items
that are lost, stolen or damaged. We encourage patrons with laptop computers to lock
them to the furniture where they are seated.
3. If you plan to vacate a microfilm reader for more than 60 minutes or a computer for
more than 15 minutes, please take your material with you. If demand is high materials
may be removed by staff and stored at the Access Services window.
4. Please handle the equipment, books, and other materials carefully.
5. Please re-file microfilms and return books to the red shelves, or red carts, near the
row from which they came.
6. When using photocopy equipment, please limit yourself to five copies when others
are waiting. While using Scan Pros please limit usage to 15 minutes while others are
7. If readers or copiers malfunction, please inform an Access Assistant at the Access
Services window. An “out of order” sign will be placed on non-operational equipment
until it can be repaired.
8. Announcements are made 45 minutes, 30 minutes and 15 minutes prior to closing of the
Library. Please leave the Library prior to closing time.
9. Food and drinks are permitted only in the main floor snack room. (Water bottles with
closed lids are permitted.)
10. Animals: No animals are allowed in the Family History Library unless they are trained
service animals assisting persons with disabilities.
11. Clothing and Dress Standards: Appropriate dress is required in the Family History
Library which includes shirt, pants and shoes at all times.
12. Children under twelve must be accompanied by an adult.
13. Smoking is not permitted anywhere in the building or on the grounds.
14. We invite patrons to use the Patron Feedback link on patron computers to share
rewarding experiences, compliments, suggestions, and concerns.
15. Please observe all posted instructions.

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.[1] • 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

British Research Consultants Directory
• International Research Consultants Directory
United States and Canada Research Consultants Directory

Guides[edit | edit source]

Group Visits[edit | edit source]

  1. Guidelines for scheduling groups at the Family History Library.
  2. Important information for a successful visit.
  3. Group visit options.
  4. Make a reservation.

FHL visitors describe their experiences:[edit | edit source]

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

  • Library of Congress, Washington, DC, Local History and Genealogy Reading Room is part of the world's largest library including 50,000 genealogies, 100,000 local histories, and collections of manuscripts, microfilms, maps, newspapers, photographs, and published material, strong in North American, British Isles, and German sources.
  • National Archives I, Washington DC, census, pre-WWI military service & pensions, passenger lists, naturalizations, passports, federal bounty land, homesteads, bankruptcy, ethnic sources, prisons, and federal employees.
  • Allen County Public Library (Indiana) home of the Periodical Source Index (PERSI), more than 350,000 printed books and 513,000 items of microfilm/fiche including family histories, censuses, city directories, passenger lists, military records, local histories, American Indians, African Americans, Canadian, British, & German collections.[2]

Repositories with significant Latter-day Saint collections

  • Church History Library, Salt Lake City, LDS history 1830-now: diaries, manuscripts, Church records, photos, oral history, architectural drawings, pamphlets, newspapers, periodicals, maps, microforms, audiovisual material[3]
  • Daughters of Utah Pioneers, SLC, 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.[4]
  • Utah State Historical Society, SLC, family histories, photographs, books, manuscript collections, telephone directories, maps, newspapers, yearbooks, and periodicals are available in the Research Center and online.[5]

Neighboring repositories

Sources[edit | edit source]

  2. "Genealogy Center" in Allen County Public Library [Internet site] at (accessed 18 October 2008).
  3. "Church History Library and Archives" in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints [Internet site] at (accessed 18 October 2008).
  4. "Pioneer Museum" and "History Department" pages in International Society ~ Daughter of Utah Pioneers [Internet site] at (accessed 18 October 2008).
  5. "Research Center and Collections" and "Collections Available at the Research Center" in Utah State History [Internet site] at (accessed 18 October 2008).

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