Originally posted in GERMAN-AMERICAN-L by Nancy Ring-Kendrick on Mon, 28 Dec 1998.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS church)
runs the Family History Library (FHL) in Salt Lake City, Utah. The FHL
has one of the most impressive collections of genealogical material in
the world. Microfilmed copies of hundreds of thousands of birth,
marriage, death and other records containing well over a billion names
have been gathered from all over the world and are stored at the Family
History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah. Many of the resources of the
Family History Library are available through Family History Centers.
Here are some of the resources that can be found at Family History
Centers. FamilySearch Software on CDROM, which include the IGI,
Ancestral File, Social Security Death Index, etc. (See the FamilySearch
FAQ for more information about these CD's). While most of the data
contained on these CD's are NOT available online on the internet, some
of these databases are starting to appear online at Infobases LDS Family
History Network and Ancestry Search.
Microfiche indexes of material held by the Family History Library in
Salt Lake City. A film ordering service, by which much microfilm copies
of much of the material in Salt Lake City may be borrowed for viewing in
the Family History Center. Local genealogy information. A place to meet
The Family History Library sells the inexpensive Personal Ancestral File
(PAF) software package for MSDOS and the Macintosh. PAF is available
Salt Lake Distribution Center
1999 West 1700 South
Salt Lake City, UT 84104-4233 USA
For information and links regarding the Family History Library and
Family History Center information, please click the colored url's
(browser location, address) below:
ROOTS-L Resources: Family History Centers and Library
Family History Centers World Wide:
FamilySearch™ (Tutorial regarding the Family History Center, Library,
International Genealogical Index (IGI):
U.S. Social Security Death Index: (SSDI):
Family History Library Catalog (FHLC):
Personal Ancestral File (PAF):
"How to Gather 1001 Names an Hour from a Family History Center" Guide.
Email the Family History Center Library Staff: firstname.lastname@example.org
Family History Centers by State:
International FHCs - Canada
Family History Center; "How do I Begin?"