- of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
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- 15 East North Temple Street
- Salt Lake City, Utah 84150
- 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. M T W F
- 8 a.m. - 9 p.m. Thursday
- 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Saturday
Maps and public transportation:
Internet sites and databases:
- Church History Library home page: resources, hours and admission, services and rules, location and parking.
- LDS Church Periodical Index of authors, titles, subjects, and abstracts of articles in periodicals published by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and others from 1976 to the present.
- Mormon Pioneer Overland Travel (1847-1868) index of individuals and companies that crossed the plains to Utah from 1847 to 1868. Also includes transcribed excerpts from trail diaries, letters, and newspaper reports.
Manuscripts, books, LDS Church records, photographs, oral histories, architectural drawings, pamphlets, newspapers, periodicals, maps, microforms, and audiovisual materials. The staff creates and maintains catalogs and indexes for this collection about the members and history of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
- Ward, branch, mission, and stake records from the mountain West of the United States, and around the world, including membership records primarily from 1877 to 1983, meeting minutes, and some early emigration records. The Church History Library is the only place to access membership records from 1949 to 1983.
- Journal History of the Church 1830-present chronological scrapbook of LDS events, including an index.
- Patriarchal Blessing Index 1833-present. Includes some genealogical data.
- Missionary, and priesthood quorum records.
- Diaries and journals of individuals including pioneers and some LDS Church leaders
- Published histories of wards, branches, stakes, and missions
- Biographical information, photos, and documentation about LDS Church leaders.
- LDS Church periodicals and newspapers.
- Local unit histories (splitting, merging, starting, or reorganizing of ward, branch, mission, and stake boundaries)
The Tracing LDS Ancestors Wiki pages describe in detail some of the sources at the Church History Library. See especially Census · Colonization · Emigration and Immigration · Historical Geography · History · Membership Records · Military Records · Missionaries · Newspapers · Patriarchal Blessings · Periodicals · Priesthood Records.
If you cannot visit or find a record at the Church History Library, a similar source may be available at one of the following:
- Family History Library, SLC, LDS member & temple records, census, genealogy, obituaries, Early Church Info File
- Brigham Young University, Provo UT, genealogy, history, census, Family History Center, digitized family history
- Daughters of Utah Pioneers, SLC, biographies of ancestors who arrived in Utah prior to the railroad in 1869
- Community of Christ Library, Independence MO, former Reorganized LDS Church, a group that shares part of their history with the Utah LDS Church. For a microfilm inventory of their archive records 1830-1994, click here.
- University of Utah, SLC, history, biography, newspapers, government documents, and Western Americana.
- Utah State University, Logan, Special Collections and Archives local historical and biographical sources.
- Utah State Archives, SLC, newspaper, death, land, court, history, naturalization, military, directories, criminal.
- Utah State Historical Society, Salt Lake City, manuscripts and photos for historical and biographical studies
- Salt Lake City Public Library Utah newspapers on microfilm, and genealogical databases.
- United States District Court of Utah, Salt Lake City, federal court records.
- Salt Lake County Court local court records.