NARA and FHL Film Numbers

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You may have microfilm publication numbers from the United States' National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). These numbers usually start with a letter. These numbers refer to sets of records in their collection. Here is a method to use to convert a NARA number to a Family History Library number.

List of NARA and FHL film numbers. For a table showing National Archives (NARA) microfilm series and their corresponding Family History Library (FHL) film numbers, click here.

The first column in the chart is labeled NARA Series. The letters and numbers refer to a specific series of films housed in the National Archives. The second column is labeled FHL First Film. This is the first film number in a specific set of records in the collection of the Family History Library. The third column is labeled Film Extent. The number in this column is the total number of Family History Library films for the set of records.

Follow the instructions below to find the Family History Library film number.

  1. Copy the first film number you found in column 2. (Highlight the number and tap Ctrl-C)
  2. Go to
  3. Click the Library tab.
  4. Click Family History Library Catalog.
  5. Click Film/Fiche Search.
  6. Paste the film number that you copied from column 2 and click Search.
  7. Click View Film Notes to see the content of each film.