Guest Resources at the Family History Library
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Family History Library is closed until further notice. Although our doors are closed, we are still available to serve you with special resources. For the latest Family History Library status updates, please refer to the FamilySearch newsroom
- 1 Library Resources for Families, Wards and Stakes
- 2 Research Specialists at the Family History Library
- 3 Guest Services
- 4 Request a "Vault Film"
- 5 Request a "Off-Site Storage Book"
- 6 Book Donations
- 7 Public Computers
- 8 Free Wireless Access
- 9 Family History Library Facebook Page
- 10 Subscription Websites
- 11 Vending Services
- 12 Family History Software
- 13 Snack Room
- 14 FamilySearch.org
Library Resources for Families, Wards and Stakes[edit | edit source]
Research Specialists at the Family History Library[edit | edit source]
Guest Services[edit | edit source]
Need help? Ask someone with a gray lanyard for help with research or a collection question.
Request a "Vault Film"[edit | edit source]
There is a 10 film limit per guest per day.
Microfilms and microfiche in the Granite Mountain Record Vault (Vault) may take several days to reach the Family History Library. If the Catalog shows a film/fiche is in the vault, we recommend that you order it ahead of time so it will be at the Library when you arrive.
You can find more information about ordering films from the vault by clicking here.
Request a "Off-Site Storage Book"[edit | edit source]
When planning a trip to the Family History Library, you can check the currently availability of items in the catalog. Books that are in off-site storage can be ordered ahead of time to ensure they will be available during your visit.
You can find more information about off-site storage books by clicking here.
Book Donations[edit | edit source]
The Family History Library must follow certain guidelines when receiving book donations. To read about these guidelines click here.
Public Computers[edit | edit source]
The Family History Library has over 500 guest computers available. Computers are located on each floor. Each computer is equipped with high-speed Internet access and a USB port accessible from the front of the machine. For more information on USB drives, go to Step-by-Step Using a USB and U3 Flash key.
Free Wireless Access[edit | edit source]
Personal laptops are welcome at the Family History Library. Electrical power outlets are located at each microfilm reader and at many guest tables. Free wireless internet is available. All of the subscription websites (see below) are accessible through this wireless network as though you are on one of the guest computers, as long as you are in the Library.
Family History Library Facebook Page[edit | edit source]
Are you on Facebook? Like the Family History Library Facebook page to see upcoming events, learn about new or updated collections, and find out about new resources at the Family History Library. Also, see Genealogy Help on Facebook for online research communities. Click the link below to access the Family History Library Facebook page.
Subscription Websites[edit | edit source]
Free access to subscription websites. To see a listing of websites currently available click the link Subscriptions websites at the FHL.
Vending Services[edit | edit source]
While saving images to a flash drive are free, printing services costs $0.05 cents for standard copies and $0.30 cents for colored copies and legal size printouts. Copy cards can be purchased beginning at $2. As an added convenience to our guests, copy cards, 8GB flash drives, lanyards and earphones will be sold in the copy card vending machines on each floor. The vending machines accept cash or credit cards.
Family History Software[edit | edit source]
Each Family History Library computer has access to a variety of family history software programs. Among these include: Ancestral Quest, Legacy Family Trees, Roots Magic, Charting Companion, Genelines, GenSmarts, GENViewer, MagiKey Family Tree, Map My Family Tree, Personal Historian, and Tree Connect.
Snack Room[edit | edit source]
A snack room is available on the main floor. Guests are welcome to use the microwave and purchase food from the vending machines. Keep up with daily events with the USA Today and the Deseret News.
FamilySearch.org[edit | edit source]
FamilySearch is the umbrella organization for the free online databases associated with the Family History Library in Salt Lake City.
- Family Tree. A worldwide compiled tree you can edit including names, relationships, birth, marriage, death data, with photos and source documentation. A good place to begin research, but remember to verify the information.
- Memories. Search for or contribute photographs, documents, stories or audio recordings linked to Family Tree.
- Search. Online searches of a variety of sources:
- Records. Billions of names across hundreds of our collections of worldwide primary records of births, marriages, deaths, census, church, cemetery, wills, military, court, naturalization, voting, land, passenger lists, obituaries, compiled genealogies, and many others.
- Genealogies. Large static files of lineage-linked family history data from Ancestral File, and the Pedigree Resource File.
- Books. Over 150,000 digitized online family histories including county and local histories, genealogy magazines, how-to books, gazetteers, and medieval histories, and pedigrees.
- Wiki. An encyclopedia of how-to-research ancestors often with great hints about local sources.
- Catalog. Describes the genealogical holdings (3 million microfilms and over 400,000 books) of the Family History Library and a few other repositories. Also, now part of WorldCat online catalog.
- Indexing. Volunteer indexing makes databases available worldwide on the online. Over 300,000 contributors added one million records in 2016. Come learn how you can contribute too.