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FamilySearch COVID-19 Updates

FamilySearch is following the lead of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, governments and healthcare professionals around the world as it considers a measured return to normal operating procedures disrupted by COVID-19.  

In all cases, ample caution is being strictly applied to ensure the safety and well-being of guests, staff, and volunteers and to prevent the spread of the pandemic. 

Which FamilySearch services or functions have begun phases of reintegration? 

The Family History Library (Updated 20 July 2020) 

The Library is offering free online genealogy consultations to assist patrons with their genealogical research. See the "Helpful Resources" below for additional research tools while waiting for the Library to reopen.

We are continuing to monitor the pandemic and evaluating our reopening plans. The health and safety of our guests and employees is our first priorirty.

When applicable, reopening will most likely occur in carefully monitored phases with priority admissions being granted to professional genealogists whose livelihoods rely on access to the library’s records.

See the Family History Library Facebook page for more details.

FamilySearch Family History Centers and Libraries (Updated 25 June 2020) 

FamilySearch’s family history centers and libraries have been asked to consider the direction of their local and government leaders and then make informed decisions about opening their facilities. Guests should call ahead to verify the status of their local center. 

We appreciate your understanding and encourage you to use the vast genealogical resources available at  FamilySearch.org  to continue your family discoveries.  

In addition to searching records, you can find assistance in locating, reading, and interpreting records. You can ask questions, share your expertise with others, and collaborate with people who are familiar with or seeking help with records in various areas of the world.  

Helpful Resources 

Explore Historical Images 

Search Records 

FamilySearch Communities 

One-on-One Online Consultations 

Online classes and webinars 

Learning Center  


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About FamilySearch

FamilySearch International is the largest genealogy organization in the world. FamilySearch is a nonprofit, volunteer-driven organization sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Millions of people use FamilySearch records, resources, and services to learn more about their family history. To help in this great pursuit, FamilySearch and its predecessors have been actively gathering, preserving, and sharing genealogical records worldwide for over 100 years. Patrons may access FamilySearch services and resources free online at FamilySearch.org or through over 5,000 family history centers in 129 countries, including the main Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.