Family History Library/Group Visit Options

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Overview

The Family History Library welcomes group visits. We offer a variety of opportunities for groups to learn about family history and how to use FamilySearch Family Tree. Families, children, youth, and adult groups will enjoy activities that are engaging and instructive.

Fun Group Activities for Youth and Adults

Here are some of the options your group can choose from. You can select a specific option, or mix and match to tailor your activities to the interests of your group and the time you plan to spend at the library:

Discovery Center Activities
  • Discovery Experience: Discover your story through fun, interactive experiences. You won't want to miss this fun activity.
  • Boy Scout Genealogy merit badge workshop: The Family History Library offers a monthly Boy Scout Genealogy merit badge workshop, on the third Saturday of each month. Prior registration is required to attend. For more information on the workshop and instruction on how to register, click Genealogy merit badge workshop.
  • Scavenger Hunt: A fun interactive activity for youth to learn about the Family History Library. Groups are divided into teams to find items on each floor of the Library. The first team back wins! (recommended for youth, 60 minutes)
  • Brief orientation: Online orientation of the Family History Library. Great for first-time visitors to the Library.
  • FamilySearch Family Tree activities: Learn how to use the FamilySearch Family Tree in a highly-interactive, fun presentation. (60 minutes)
  • FamilySearch Indexing: Learn how to index using the FamilySearch Indexing software. (60 minutes)
  • Find A Name: An exciting, informative presentation to learn how to use descendancy research to find your cousins. (60 minutes)
  • Memories of Me: Learn how to create a personal timeline and journal writing. A fun, enjoyable way to learn about keeping a journal and family history. (20-30 minutes)
  • Searching Activity: Learn how to search through historical records on Familysearch.org and other online databases to find your ancestors. (60 minutes)
  • Genealogical societies: Genealogical societies can come as a group and enjoy doing their family history together. A group can reserve a classroom for group activities and instruction or request specific classes for their groups.
Discovery Center Activities

Family History Research Classes

Family History Library Computer Lab

In addition to the above options, classes are taught almost every day on how to do research in various geographical areas. Click Patron Class Schedule to see what classes are being offered during your visit (approximately 60 minutes per class).

Make a Reservation

Use the Online Registration Form to make a reservation for your group. Do this at least one week in advance of your planned visit. Click Library Hours to see the Library's hours and holiday schedule.

Prepare for Your Visit

  • Obtain a FamilySearch Account in advance. If your groups plans to learn about how to use FamilySearch Family Tree, you will have a much more productive experience if all of the members of your group obtain a FamilySearch Account (either an LDS account or FamilySearch account) before coming to the library. Go to the FamilySearch account link previously mentioned to obtain an account. When you come to the library, be sure to have each member of your group brings his or her username and password.
  • Bring genealogical information. Have each member of your group bring some genealogical information about his or her family. For example, who in your family do you want to find more information about? If you have a specific name, a place where they came from, and an estimated birth, marriage or death date, your searching will be more successful. If available you could also bring a pedigree chart or family group record filled in with as much information as is currently known. This can help in finding additional family information in FamilySearch during your visit to the library.
  • Bring enough leaders to help children and youth. If your group is primarily composed of children or youth, have enough leaders to help them have a fun and productive experience while at the same time maintaining respect for other guests in the library.

We look forward to your visit.