The Family History Library of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is one of the largest genealogical libraries in the world. It is located in downtown Salt Lake City, Utah, on the southwest side of Temple Square. The library is operated by FamilySearch, a nonprofit genealogical organization owned by the Church and dedicated to connecting families across generations. The library is free of charge and open to the public. With hundreds of thousands of visitors to the facility each year, it is one of the top tourist destinations in Utah.
In 1894, the Genealogical Society of Utah was created for the purpose of sharing information and educating the public about genealogy. The society eventually became what is known today as FamilySearch International and is now located on Temple Square in the Family History Library. The library was dedicated on October 23, 1985, and covers 142,000 square feet over five floors.
The library’s public collection includes over 1.3 million rolls of microfilmed genealogical records; 190,000 microfiche; 340,000 books, serials, and other formats; and 125,500 periodicals, which are preserved in humidity, temperature, and lighting-controlled environment. It also houses the names of more than 8 billion deceased people from more than 100 countries.
The ever-growing collection of records is open to anyone desiring to begin or continue their journey of family discovery. The library is staffed with hundreds of expert research consultants and trained volunteers from around the world who are ready to help anyone wanting to create or learn more about their family tree. For those unable to travel to Salt Lake City, the library offers free online classes and workshops. The library’s Discovery Center offers fun and engaging online and in-person interactive discovery experiences for the whole family.