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.
Library Services include:
- Photo, film, 35 mm slide, and book scanners to digitize your family treasures
- Recording booths to preserve your family stories and memories
- Activities, classes, and workshops for people of all ages and skill levels
- Open access to thousands of record collections, publications, and microfilms
- Children’s area, which allows parents to do computer research and watch their children at the same time
- Online access to FamilySearch.org and other subscription genealogical websites
- Free online family history classes and webinars
- Free online genealogy consultations with Family History Library experts