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Experienced guides and genealogists can help you with your research, and it’s available to you free of charge!
Research Consultants and volunteers can help you by suggesting sources for you to search, answering basic questions such as how to get started, where a town is located, and what records are available for a locality and how to use them.
Research Assistance by Wiki, Forum or Telephone.
Family History Library Catalog
Search the catalog of materials (including microfilm, microfiche, and publications) found at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah. Many items can be loaned to local family history centers around the world.
The collection includes over 2.4 million rolls of microfilmed genealogical records; 727,000 microfiche; 356,000 books, serials, and other formats; over 4,500 periodicals and 3,725 electronic resources.
Records available are from the United States, Canada, the British Isles, Europe, Latin America, Asia, and Africa.
A majority of the records contain information about persons who lived before 1930.
Approximately 200 cameras are currently digitizing records in over 45 countries. Records have been filmed in over 110 countries, territories, and possessions.
Planning Your Visit
We have assembled a list of tips that can help you get the maximum value from your visit to the Family History Library.
If you plan to visit the FamilySearch Library with a group, we offer free library tours and group orientations. Sign your group up today.
A short 10-minute orientation is available anytime the library is open.
The library regularly holds workshops on the use of the library, its computer systems, family history records, and resources.
Specialized workshops teach patrons about methods of research and how to use various kinds of records, and computer classes educate patrons about the library’s unique software programs.
Gifts and donations of family genealogies, organized collections, and other records that contain genealogical information are welcome. You can even write a history of your family and place a copy in the library.
For more information, please contact FamilySearch support at 1-866-406-1830
View guidelines for Gifts, Donations, and Loans to FamilySearch.
- Founded in 1894 to gather genealogical records and assist members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints with their family history and genealogical research
- Largest library of its kind in the world
- Open to the general public at no charge
- An estimated 1,500 daily visits
- Currently 100 full-time and part-time professional staff
- Approximately 700 trained volunteers