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Information about the free personal research consultation service offered in the Family History Library.


Consultation Service

The Family History Library offers free personal research consultations at the Research Desks.

This service is offered as time is available from the research consultants, so every subject is not available at all times. Patrons must visit a Research Desk for an evaluation of their research problem. Then if another consultant is needed (due to another skill set) they may: 1- tell the patron when to come back to the counter, or 2- offer to take contact information that will be given to the other consultant, or 3- suggest the patron post a query to the FamilySearch Forums.

Consultation is available to address the following needs.

Consultation for research problems:

  • Determining a place of origin
  • Name changes
  • Population movements
  • Record jurisdictions
  • Using records
  • Research strategy
  • And others

Handwriting and Translation assistance:

  • Genealogically and historically important information
  • This service does not include word for word transcriptions

The Following Areas are Offered for Consultation:

US & Canada/3rd Floor

  • Canada (English)
  • Canada (French) [Language help also available on International/B1 floor]
  • Mid-Atlantic
  • Midwestern & Western
  • New England
  • South
  • African American
  • American Indian
  • Emigration/Immigration
  • LDS

Scandinavia/B1 floor

  • Denmark
  • Finland
  • Iceland
  • Norway
  • Sweden
  • Armenia
  • Belarus
  • Estonia
  • Georgia
  • Latvia
  • Lithuania
  • Russia
  • Ukraine

International/B1 floor

  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Czech
  • France
  • Germany
  • Hungary
  • Italy
  • Latin America
  • Luxembourg
  • Netherlands
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Russia
  • Slovakia
  • Spain
  • Switzerland

British/B2 Floor)

  • England
  • Lancashire/ Chesire
  • Ireland
  • Scotland
  • Wales
  • Channel Islands
  • Isle of Man
  • Australia
  • New Zealand
  • Jewish
  • British in India
  • British Subjects Abroad
  • Colonial Immigration
  • Irish Emigration
  • All other Emigration/ Immigration
  • Handwriting
  • Latin
  • Medieval

Preparing for a Consultation

For a consultation to be productive, bring the following, if possible:

Consultation for research problems:

  • Pedigree charts and family group sheets
  • Paper copies of all family documents, letters, photos, etc.
  • Other pertinent documents, if available
  • Research logs showing what research has been done, what records have been searched and the results of each

Consultation for organization and technogy problems:

  • Pedigree charts and family group sheets
  • Paper copies of all family documents, letters, photos, etc.
  • Other pertinent documents, if available

Handwriting and Translation assistance:

  • Photocopies of each document to be read
  • The roll of microfilm from which the documents were copied, if applicable
  • Writing pad to make notes or laptop


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