The Family History Library of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints contains the worldÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s largest collection of genealogical materials, and it is a natural magnet for researchers the world over. The libraryÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s print and electronic collections are renowned for their breadth and are so vast they require the pinpoint guidance that only a Genealogy at a Glance research guide can provide. Here are just a few statistics to illustrate the scope of this extraordinary library:
- The Family History Library collection includes over 2.4 million rolls of microfilm and 727,000 microfiche, 356,000 books and serials, over 4,500 periodicals, and 3,725 databases.
- Records have been filmed in over 110 countries, territories, and possessions.
- Researchers in the library have access to 475 computers, 408 microfilm readers, 36 microfiche readers, and 27 microform copiers.
- The library has enough tables to accommodate 375 researchers.
- Service is provided by 100 full-time and part-time professional staff, supported by 700 trained volunteers.
The library is located in a 142,000 square-foot building in Salt Lake City, and anyone tracing his or her ancestors will want to make use of the collections, which fall into four broad categories:
(1) those dealing with the U.S. at the state or county level; (2) those dealing with the U.S. at the national or regional level; (3) international records; and (4) family histories. One of the main purposes of this Genealogy at a Glance publication is to assist you with strategies for researching in any of the major collections, strategies that youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll find not only helpful but indispensable. At the same time, however, youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll learn not to leave home before checking online, since you can access the libraryÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s circulating collection of over 2.4 million microfilms at any of the 4,500 FamilySearch Centers located in over 100 countries.
Like other publications in the Genealogy at a Glance series, this one takes a large subject and narrows it down to its essential elements, covering the basics of research in an amazing four pages. But this piece is just a little different; besides pointing out the best and most helpful websites, listing the most useful books and articles, and providing tips for further research, it also tells you how to prepare for a research trip to Salt Lake City and suggests things to do in the city when you take a break from your research. It even offers suggestions for dining and accommodation!