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Welcome to the
Family History



FHL Cultural Event

Bring your friends and family and explore the culture and traditions of the Polynesian Islands at the Family History Library Open House, June 20th, from 6:00–8:00pm. The Event is free of charge and open to the public. Enjoy live entertainment, hands-on children’s activities, storytelling, singing, and dancing, Polynesian style, as you discover the beauty of the Polynesian people, the importance of knowing your own heritage, and how the Family History Library can help you tell and preserve your story.

Light refreshments will be served, and limited free parking is available behind the Family History Library and the Church History Museum. Because free parking is limited, and not guaranteed, other options would include carpooling and using the UTA transit system. For complete parking information, see

Contact Information



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

Telephones: 1 801-240-6996

  • Classes, Hours, Parking: 801-240-6536
  • Lost and Found: 801-240-3527
  • Group Reservations: 801-240-4673
  • World Wide Support Research Help: 801-240-2584
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Hours: Normal Hours of Operation
  • Mon: 8:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.
  • Tues-Fri: 8:00 A.M. to 9:00 P.M.
  • Sat: 9:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.
  • Sun: Closed

Holidays:  Click here

Map: Google Map.

Parking and Transportation:

Parking can be an issue in downtown Salt Lake City. The following parking is available in the area:

Free:  Parking lot behind the Church History Museum
  • Monday to Friday, 4:30-9 pm; all day Saturday
  • Limitations:  Closed during Conference Center events, and from the day after Thanksgiving to January 2nd. Parking subject to availability.
Pay:  For a Family History Library area pay-parking lots map click here. Pricing is subject to change and is not controlled by the Family History Library.  As of July 16, 2013 the following fees apply:
  • Salt Palace Parking a maximum of $12.00 per day.
  • Lot on the northwest corner of North Temple is $2 under 1 hr, $5 under 2 hrs, $8 under 12 hrs
  • The JSMB underground parking is a flat rate of $10.
Public Transportation:  For FrontRunner (commuter rail), TRAX (light rail), and bus public transportation information see the Utah Transit Authority Internet site.

Copy Fees (self-service)
to 8½ x 11 inch paper
black and white—U.S. $0.05
color—U.S. $0.30
to 11 x 17 inch paper
black and white—U.S. $0.10
color—U.S. $0.60
to USB flash drive
More copy information.

Library Resources

Patron Class Schedule

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June, 2014
July, 2014
August, 2014
September, 2014

Live Online Class Schedule

Collection Description

Largest genealogical collection in the world—it is especially strong for the United States, British Isles, Scandinavia, Mexico, and parts of Germany, but also has material from all parts of the world. Includes civil vital births, marriages, and deaths, church records, county and local histories, court records, military records, probate records, American passenger arrival lists and naturalizations, and land records. The large microfilm and book collections are being digitized and are showing up on the FamilySearch Internet site.

Key Internet Sites

FamilySearch containing all the other Family History Library related sites including:
     Family History Library Catalog
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describes the holdings—has place, surname,
        title, author, subject, keyword, or call number searches. Also on WorldCat.
     Family Tree worldwide pedigree you can edit, including portraits, and fan charts.
     Historical Records Collection has billions of names across hundreds of our collections including
        birth, marriage, death, probate, land, military, Ancestral File, and International Genealogical Index.

Guest Resources

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    Over 500 public guest computers
  • Over 300 microfilm readers
  • 36 microfiche readers
  • 27 digital microfilm and microfiche copiers (to paper or to flash drive)
  • 3 HD book scanners
  • 14 book copiers (to paper or to flash drive)
  • Seating capacity for 375 at tables
  • Orientation and research classes


Gifts of family histories, autobiographies, biographies, indexes, local histories, and well-organized collections of genealogy research are welcome. If you own the copyright, you can indicate that you would like the item digitized for the Internet. More details about donations.

Book and Film Numbers at the FHL

For an explanation of the different numbering systems used in the collection over the years (including the current system), and to see tables for converting old book and film numbers to new, click here.

Request a "Vault Film" before Visiting

Films in the "Vault" take several days to reach the Family History Library. If the Catalog shows a film is in the vault, order it ahead of time so it will be at the Library when you arrive. For details see Order Process.

What's New at the Library

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.

US/Canada Collections (current) June, 2013

British Collections (current) June 2013

International Collections (current) June 2013

Family History Collections (current) June, 2013 

Staff/Reference Collections (current) June 2013


Currently about 30 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


Johni Cerny, and Wendy L. Elliott, The Library: a Guide to the LDS Family History Library (Salt Lake City:
     Ancestry Pub., 1988) At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 979.2258 A3Li.
J. Carlyle Parker, Going to Salt Lake City to Do Family History Research, 3rd ed. (Turlock, Calif.: Marietta
     Pub., 1996) At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 979.2258 J5p 1996.

Plan Group Visits

Click the link to review the Group visit options and make a reservation.

Library Rules

  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 guests discontinue phone conversations.
  2. Do not leave personal belongings unattended. The library is not responsible for items that are lost, stolen or damaged. We encourage guests 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. Announcements are made 45 minutes, 30 minutes and 15 minutes prior to closing of the Library. Please leave the Library prior to closing time.
  5. Food and drinks are permitted only in the main floor snack room. (Water bottles with closed lids are permitted.)
  6. Animals: No animals are allowed in the Family History Library unless they are trained service animals assisting persons with disabilities.
  7. Clothing and Dress Standards: Appropriate dress is required in the Family History Library which includes shirt, pants and shoes at all times.
  8. Children under twelve must be accompanied by an adult.
  9. Smoking is not permitted anywhere in the building or on the grounds.

FHL Visitors Describe Their Experiences

Video Tour: Family History Library -- recorded by staff (February 2010)
Another Item Crossed Off My Bucket List, or Is It? - by Jill Ball (visited in February 2010)
Visiting the SLC: Days 1 & 2 of posts by Randy Seaver (visited in Jan 2009)
How to Prepare to Visit the Family History Library
Request A Vault Film before Visiting the Family History Library
What Gives With FamilySearch? The Rest of the Story (Sep 2011) - Valerie provides an in-depth blog post about the volunteers in the FHL. 
Salt Lake City Library: Ready, Set Go! - by Lorine McGinnis Schulze
A Fresh Look at the Family History Library - A Library without Walls - by Alan E. Mann, Manager at FamilySearch, presented at NGS 2010 Conference

FamilySearch Centers

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

If you cannot find a source you need at the Family History Library, a similar source may be available at one of the following.

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, Fort Wayne, 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.[1]

Repositories with significant Latter-day Saint collections
Church History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah, LDS history 1830-now: diaries, manuscripts, Church records, photos, oral history, architectural drawings, pamphlets, newspapers, periodicals, maps, microforms, audiovisual material[2]

Daughters of Utah Pioneers, Salt Lake City, Utah, 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.[3]

Utah State Historical Society, Salt Lake City, Utah, family histories, photographs, books, manuscript collections, telephone directories, maps, newspapers, yearbooks, and periodicals are available in the Research Center and online.[4]

Neighboring repositories
Brigham Young University Library, Provo, Utah, genealogy, history, census, Family History Centerdigital family history.
Salt Lake City Public Library, Salt Lake City, Utah, Utah newspapers on microfilm, and genealogical databases.
Utah Vital Records Office, Salt Lake City, Utah, statewide births and deaths since 1905; marriages and divorces since 1978.
Utah State Archives, Salt Lake City, Utah, newspaper, death, land, court, history, naturalization, military, directories, criminals.
Utah State University, Logan, Utah, Special Collections and Archives local historical and biographical sources.
University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah, history, biography, newspapers, government documents, and Western Americana.
United States District Court of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah, federal court records.
Salt Lake County Court, Salt Lake City, Utah, local court records.
Salt Lake County Clerk, Salt Lake City, Utah, county marriages since 1887, probate records since 1852.
Salt Lake County Recorder, Salt Lake City, Utah, property, tax, and military discharge DD-214 papers.


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

January 9, 2014 By Viviane Davis

Due to the growing film collection in the Family History Library, measures had to be taken to remove selected film collections to create space for high volume of films being ordered from the Granite Mountain Records Vault.

As of December 17th, 2013, the Library has removed the US Soundex films and the 1st filming of the US Census for 1860 and 1870. These films are available on multiple websites, including The Mexico films that are available online are also being removed from the Library.

Part of the change will include removing the overflow section completely from the International B1 floor. Films that have been ordered within the last 2 months will be moved to the High Density storage area where their use can be tracked. All other films will be sent back to the Vault. Starting on January 6th, all new films ordered from the International collection will be stored in High Density. To access those films, guests will have to go to the Access Services Window on the B1 floor.

All films stored in High Density that are not used for the space of one year will be sent back to the vault. Films that are used multiple times during the space of a year will be incorporated into the core section for easier guest access.

There may be a delay in the FHL catalog regarding the current location of the films being moved/removed. Please, contact the Access Services Window at least 24 hours in advance to check the location of films.If films are not found in the Library, they can be ordered from the vault by going to or by calling the Access Services Window (US & Canada 801-240-7378; International 801-240-2334; British 801-240-7379).

Thank you for your patience while we make the transition. If you have any questions, contact the Access Services Windows.