Family History Library Salt Lake
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The Family History Library Salt Lake, also known as The Mormon Library, houses millions of records containing billions of names all for use in ancestor search. You can do a surname search or, even family tree research. The library is the main repository for the genealogical information that The Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints has collected.
Family history centers are the branches of the Family History Library Salt Lake, Utah and there are 4,500 research centers worldwide, in 110 countries and territories. There is no charge for using the library facilities or for using the research centers.
The following are Patron Resources available in the main library in Salt Lake City:
314 patron computers; 408 microfilm readers; 36 microfiche readers; 28 microfilm and microfiche copiers; 4 microfilm scanners; 14 book copiers; 4 book scanners and the library has a seating capacity of 375 at the tables.
The Records Collections includes 2.4 million rolls of microfilmed genealogical records, 727,000 microfiche, 356,000 books, serials and other formats; over 4,500 periodicals, 3,725 electronic resources.
The Ancestral File database contains more than 36 million names that are linked into families.
The International Genealogical Index (IGI Index) contains approximately 600 million names of deceased individuals. There is an addendum to the IGI Index containing an additional 125 million names. These names have been patron submitted or extracted from thousands of original birth, christening and marriage records.
The Pedigree Resource File database contains over 100 million names that are linked into families.
The records are from the United States, Canada the United Kingdom, Europe, Latin America, Asia and Africa.
You can not locate any living person through these records.
The library is not just for experts, but if you are a casual researcher or a beginner you might like to visit the Family Search Center in the Joseph Smith Memorial Building. The information available is astounding and you might prefer to visit a family history center near you to see what is available.
All of the original copies that were filmed are housed in a granite vault in the side of the mountain.
There are full time and part time professional staff to help you find your way around the library and there are well-trained volunteers to assist as well. You can search the website at: Family Search. I have found this website very helpful in doing my own research.
For information on Family History Centers go to this page: Family History Centers.
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