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Family History Library

The Family History Library (FHL) is the largest genealogical library in the world. It is located only 2 blocks from the conference hotel, at located at 35 North West Temple Street, Salt Lake City. You can walk or ride the free tram from the hotel to the FHL. The FHL is open every day except Sunday, including evenings.

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The records collection includes: over 2 million rolls of microfilmed genealogical records; over 740,000 microfiche; over 310,000 books, serials, and other formats; hundreds of maps, 4,500 periodicals; 700 electronic resources; and more!

The Family History Library Catalog identifies which films are available on site and which films are at the Vault. Those at the vault need to be ordered and can take 1-2 days to arrive at the library. They can be ordered before you plan to come to the library. The website gives the usual address and e-mail to place an advance order. The IAJGS Conference attendees may contact Ashley Miller, Library Access Services, for assistance with ordering films at 801-240-7759.

The FamilySearch Centers (Family History Library and 4500 Family History Centers) are teaming up with other genealogical online providers to introduce patrons to these exciting services and provide even greater online access to the world's genealogical records. These premium services are available for free in family history centers, the Family History Library and FamilySearch operated centers. 


The most recent partnership agreement is between the Godfrey Library and FamilySearch!   The Godfrey Library's online materials will now become available at all  Family History Library and Family History Centers facilities around the world. Visitors to LDS Family History Centers around the world will now have free access to the digitized material available. 


The Godfrey Memorial Library in Middletown, Connecticut has long been a valuable resource for genealogists. This private library houses thousands of genealogy books and also has an extensive collection of hand-written material, much of which is not available elsewhere. In addition, the Godfrey Library produces the American Genealogical-Biographical Index, or AGBI, is the equivalent of more than 200 printed volumes. This database contains millions of records of people whose names have appeared in printed genealogical records and family histories.

You have the ability to download to your computer or flash drive, information from the FHL computers,  and inexpensive copies of your source documents. There are copy facilities on each floor with films or microfiche, printers and a computer to burn images to a disc. Copy card dispensers on each floor. Check the website by clicking above for more information and the current cost for copying.

The Family History Library has on-going orientations Monday-Saturday.  They are held in the Orientation Room just to the left of the Foyer where you walk in on the first floor.  No reservations are needed. 

What to Bring For Your Trip

The best way to maximize your research endeavor in Salt Lake City is to plan for your research before you leave home. Be sure to bring with you:

Copies of your family group sheets, documents, family time lines, and family trees!

Prioritize your research lists:
Foreign and state censuses, city directories, vital records, maps, naturalization records, WWI and WWII draft registration records.

For traditional methodology, bring:
Paper pads, pastel construction paper, post-it notes, pens, pencils and a magnifying glass.

For electronic methodology, bring:
Laptop computer, genealogy program, computer lock, USB storage drives, writable CD Rom, digital camera.