The Family History Library system of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints provides access to the world's largest collection of genealogical records, including the names of more than 2 billion deceased people.
The library was founded in 1894 to gather genealogical records and assist Church members in tracing their family histories. The current facility was dedicated in 1985 and contains 142,000 square feet of space. The records collection features nearly 2 million rolls of microfilm; 700,000 microfiche; 280,000 books; and several unique family history databases.
Library visitors may use the massive collection of books, microfilm, and computerized records free of charge. On average, the library hosts 2,500 visitors each day.
Professional staff and trained volunteers work at the library and are available to answer questions and direct people in their search for their family roots. Use of library resources (such as computers, printers, microfilm and microfiche readers and copiers, and classes) is also free, although there is a small charge for personal materials such as paper, photocopies, and computer disks.
The library is open on Monday from 7:30 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. and Tuesday through Saturday from 7:30 A.M. to 10:00 P.M. It is closed on Sunday and certain holidays. The library is located next to the Museum of Church History & Art, at 35 North West Temple Street, Salt Lake City, Utah 84150-3400, USA.
Family History Centers
The Family History Library in Salt Lake City is the main repository of all the genealogical information the Church has collected. More than 3,400 branches of the main library, known as Family History Centers, are located throughout the world to help Church members and others search the records of their ancestors. The Family History Centers operate in 64 countries, and more than 100,000 rolls of microfilm are circulated to the centers each month.
Like the Family History Library, use of the Family History Centers is free, and the public is welcome. Volunteers are on hand to answer questions and lend assistance. These centers are staffed and funded by local Church congregations and are usually located in Church buildings.
In a Family History Center, visitors may use family history computer programs and databases developed by the Church, search the Family History Center's book and microfilm collection, or for a small fee order microfilms from the Family History Library's Salt Lake City collection. To locate the nearest Family History Center, call (800) 346-6044, or go to www.FamilySearch.org, Custom Search.
Family History Library
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