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Donating to the Family History Library and FamilySearch

Our physical collection includes over 600,000 books, serials, and maps with many more available online. We are constantly looking to acquire books to be added to our physical and digital libraries on FamilySearch.org

If you are looking for a place to preserve and share your compiled family history or other genealogical books, please consider donating to the Family History Library.

Gifts and Donations Guidelines

All donations become the property of FamilySearch and will be reviewed and handled at our own discretion.

FamilySearch accepts materials that:

  • Add new information to FamilySearch's collection
  • Do not violate current privacy and copyright laws
  • Do not include living people, for privacy reasons. If the book contains information about living individuals, the author takes sole responsibility for the availability of this information to the public.

Materials Accepted by the Family History Library

  • Family histories (well organized, and includes a title, author, and publication date)
  • Published genealogical books
  • Published historical books such as local and county histories
  • Periodicals
  • Directories
  • Indexes and transcriptions of records in book format

Additional Materials Accepted Only by FamilySearch's Digital Library

  • Yearbooks
  • Journals (Over 70 years old)
  • Family Bibles
  • Autobiographies and Biographies

Other Materials

Family stories, photos, and audio should be added to FamilySearch Family Tree or in the Memories section of FamilySearch.org. Family information on Pedigree Charts, Family Group Sheets, or GEDCOM files, should also be added into Family Tree.

The following materials should be shared with family members, or a local historical society or public library.

  • Artifacts, souvenirs, or memorabilia
  • Correspondence and travelogues
  • Fiction
  • Personal journals (less than 70 years old)
  • Newspapers and newspaper clippings
  • Obituaries
  • Original source documents (birth, marriage, death certificates; probates; deeds, etc.)

Materials Related to members of the The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Materials related to members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints or its history (including personal journals, missionary journals, biographies, autobiographies) may also be sent to the Church History Library for their collection. For more information, please contact them and a Church History Library representative will contact you if they determine that your item fits within the scope of their collections.:

Church History Library
Donations Guidelines
Telephone: 801-240-5696
Email: history@ChurchofJesusChrist.org

Financial Donations

Donations help support FamilySearch's vision of discovering, gathering, and connecting family members, acquiring records and building bridges to the future. You may donate online at our FamilySearch website.

Other Donation Items

For information on how to donate money, property, or equipment, visit the The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Philanthropies website.

Sell to FamilySearch

  • If you wish to sell a family history or genealogical publication to FamilySearch, please send an official offer to fhl-acq@familysearch.org.

Permission to Duplicate or Digitize

In order to legally duplicate copyrighted materials, FamilySearch must have permission from the author or copyright holder. Please send a completed General Donation form and a Permission to Duplicate form when applicable, with your materials. Forms may be downloaded below, requested by phone, email, or regular post from the contact information listed under the heading, Process for Donating to the Family History Library:

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Process for Donating to the Family History Library

1. Carefully review the FamilySearch Gifts and Donations Policy.

2. Fill out the following forms:

3. Mail, email, or drop off your donation and the completed forms to:

FamilySearch
Family History Library - Gifts
35 N. West Temple Street
Salt Lake City, UT 84150-1103 USA
Telephone: 1-801-240-1855
Email: books@familysearch.org

Donation Forms

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Gifts and Donations Policy

FamilySearch Gifts and Donations Policy

General Donation Form in Other Languages

Permission to Duplicate Form in Other Languages