Granite Mountain Records Vault
The world’s largest collection of genealogical records is housed in a secure vault located in the mountains near FamilySearch world headquarters in Salt Lake City, Utah. The Granite Mountain Records Vault was built in 1965 to preserve and protect important family history and historical records. The vault safeguards more than 3.5 billion images on microfilm, microfiche, and digital media. Currently, FamilySearch is in the process of digitizing the microfilms and making those digital records available through its website. For security reasons, there is no public access to the Granite Mountain Records Vault, but click the video to the right to watch a behind-the-scenes video tour.
The images in the Granite Mountain Records Vault are collected through agreements with archives, libraries, and churches from more than 100 countries. Copies of these records are given free of charge to the record custodian, and on occasion, additional copies are provided to replace records that may have been lost in a natural disaster or fire.
Watch the story of how the Church was able to replace valuable genealogical records for the Pacific island nation of Niue after a devastating cyclone.