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					   Family History Class

       Spokane 22nd Ward
            Lesson 8
Family History Library and Centers
                 Overview
• The development of microfilming began during
  World War I
• The Genealogical Society of Utah was among the
  first to send out photographers to microfilm
  genealogical data on site
• James Black was one of the church’s first
  microfilming pioneers
• Original microfilms are stored in Granite
  Mountain Vault in Little Cottonwood Canyon near
  Salt Lake City
    Visiting the Family History
               Library
• Located at 35 North Temple Street in Salt Lake
  City
• An average of 2,700 people visit each day.
• Its doors are open 82 hours per week, including
  many holidays
• It has more than two million roles of microfilm
  and 700,000 microfiche
• It employs some of the world’s leading
  genealogists
• Visitors from all over the world come to visit
        Family History Library
• Main floor houses computers with FamilySearch
  and books with genealogical data for the US and
  Canada
• Second floor houses complete US Census, as well
  as computers.
• Administrative offices and cataloging facilities are
  on the third floor
• First lower level houses books and microfilm for
  international genealogical records
• Second lower level has books/microfilms for the
  British Isles
                  Library Rules
1.    Handle film, books, and equipment carefully
2.    Cellular phones used only in lobby
3.    Don’t leave personal belongings unattended
4.    Maintain quiet so others can work
     1. Children under twelve must be supervised
5. No food and drinks allowed
6. No smoking allowed
7. Don’t take more than 5 microfilms at a time
     Library Rules (Continued)
• If you will be gone from your microfilm reader for
  more than 30 minutes, take your possessions with
  you so someone else can use it
• Use no more than 5 books at a time. Return them
  to the red shelves on either end of the bookshelves
  when finished
• Limit yourself to 5 photocopies if others are
  waiting
      Visiting the Joseph Smith
         Memorial Building
• The facilities of the JSMB are designed to help
  tourists and those who are new to family history
• On the main floor, hundreds of computers are
  located in the FamilySearch ™ Center
• On the 4th floor are more than 70,000 printed
  family histories, as well as a copy of the 1920
  Soundex and Census
   – Also on this floor are 8 million family group records
     submitted by Latter-day Saints
        Family History Centers
• Most people aren’t able to go to SLC to use the
  main Family History Library
• For that reason, the Church has an ongoing
  program to establish branches throughout the
  world
• Computers with FamilySearch ™ are located in
  them
• Through the microfilm ordering service, there is
  access to the vast microfilm collection of
  genealogical records in SLC
             Ordering a Microfilm
              What                                  Why

Search the Family History            To determin which records are
SourceGuide on CD-ROM or the         available for your area of research
Family History Library Catalog
A trained volunteer will be there    To help you place your order


Once you find records that may       You can order them for about $3.25
contain information about your       per microfilm
ancestors,
The microfilms must be read at the   Can be kept anywhere from 3
FHC but                              weeks to an indefinite loan
       For More Information
• Read “Early Church Information Guide,”
  “Family History Library and Family History
  Centers,” and “PERiodical Source Index
  (PERSI” in Family History SourceGuide on
  CD-ROM available from LDS distribution
  centers or the FHC
• Visit the Family History Center nearest you
  and see how they can help
         Class Assignments
1. Search the Family History SourceGuide
   for information about the area where one
   of your grandparents or great-grandparents
   lived
2. Plan a visit to the FHC
3. Take a tour of the main Family History
   Library on the FamilySearch website at
   www.familysearch.org

				
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