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
Welcome to the Family History Library[edit | edit source]
Come visit us in downtown Salt Lake City, Utah for fun, engaging, interactive discovery experiences and to learn about your family's history. If you aren't able to visit, learn more about our online resources or visit FamilySearch.org to search for your ancestors in indexed and digital collections.
Family History Library
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Online Experiences[edit | edit source]
Online Classes[edit | edit source]
Join us for an online class or watch a class from our archives. All classes and webinars are free to the public. Webinars are currently being broadcast via Zoom. If you are not familiar with the program, this short video will teach you how to use Zoom to join a meeting. Click here to view the video.
Virtual Research Strategy Sessions - **NEW**[edit | edit source]
Get free, online, one on one help with one of our research specialists. Our research specialists offer helpful suggestions and assistance with your research goals, to empower you as you discover and connect with your family. Sign up here.
Online FamilySearch Community[edit | edit source]
Collaborate with other genealogists in the FamilySearch Community posting specific genealogical questions or translation requests regarding a country or region in the world. FamilySearch Community Research Groups
Online Family History Activities[edit | edit source]
- Have fun with your family using our Online family history activities.
Library Experiences[edit | edit source]
Discovery Experience - Main Floor[edit | edit source]
- Create memories with family photos using various backgrounds.
- See where you and your ancestors come from.
- Find out what famous individuals are in your family tree.
- See a timeline for you and your ancestors and what their living space would have looked like.
- Learn more
You can plan a Family, Youth, or Adult Group Activity to come and do Discovery Experiences at the Family History Library.
- Click Group visit options for more details about the activities and other important information about your visit.
- To make a reservation for a group Discovery Experience click here.
- To reserve a classroom for any other group activity, use the Online Registration Form.
When the Family History Library reopens, we will be accepting reservations for family, youth, or adult group activities.
Research Floors[edit | edit source]
Help on how to start your genealogy or difficult research problems can be found on from our Research Specialists on the different research floors.
- B2 Floor - British Isles Research floor, microfilm, and books
- B1 Floor - International Research floor, microfilm, and books
- 2nd floor - US/Canada Research floor and microfilm
- 3rd Floor - US/Canada books
Events[edit | edit source]
- Join us for the Family History Library Block Party in 2021!
Classes[edit | edit source]
Due to the Family History Library's closure, all in-person classes are being offered online. See the schedule of upcoming classes.
The Family History Library has many resources available free of charge. They include:
- Photo and slide scanners
- Digital film readers
- Microfilm readers
- Classes and webinars
- Subscription websites
- Professional research specialists and volunteers
- For a detailed list of resources see the following link: Guest Resources at the Family History Library
- Offsite books or microfilms need to be ordered in advance of your visit. Learn more.
Collection Description[edit | edit source]
The largest genealogical collection in the world. It is especially strong for the United States, British Isles, Scandinavia, Europe, Mexico, and parts of Germany, but also contains material from all parts of the world. The collection contains civil/vital births, marriages, and deaths, church records, county and local histories, court records, military records, probate records, passenger arrival lists, naturalization and land records. The large microfilm and book collections are being digitized and can be found on www.familysearch.org.
Additional Information[edit | edit source]
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