Family History Library

Salt Lake City, UT

Exterior of the Family History Library building.

The Family History Library of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints houses a collection of genealogical records that includes the names of more than 3 billion deceased people. It is the largest collection of its kind in the world.

Representatives of the Genealogical Society of Utah are microfilming records from many countries, including birth, marriage, and death registers (both church and government); census returns; court, property, and probate records; emigration and immigration lists; printed genealogies; and family histories.

Library patrons use the collection of books, microforms, and computerized records to compile their own family histories and do genealogical research.

The facility's four public floors house information from the U.S. and Canada, the British Isles, Europe, Latin America, Asia, and Africa.

Open to the Public, and All Are Welcome

The public is welcome and admission to the library is free of charge. Use of library resources is also free, although there is a small charge for materials such as photocopies, paper, and computer disks. Professional staff and well-trained volunteers work at the library and are available to answer questions and direct people in their search for their family roots. An estimated 2,000 visitors or more use the library each day.

Library orientation is offered regularly. First-time patrons can receive information about the facility's general layout and available resources. Specialized classes 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.

The Family History Library is located at 35 North West Temple Street, directly west of Temple Square in downtown Salt Lake City.