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FamilySearch Family History Library Reopening

New patron film scanning station in the FamilySearch Family History LibraryThe FamilySearch Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah, announced it will begin a phased reopening starting 6 July 2021. The popular destination service has been closed since March 13, 2020, due to precautions pertaining to the global COVID-19 pandemic. The library serves beginner and professional family history patrons from all over the world and is a popular tourist attraction for the state of Utah. Initially, hours will be from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, with plans to extend to additional days and hours soon.  

“While billions of our records are available online, we realize that many researchers—including professional genealogists whose livelihoods depend on reliable records—are anxious to access records in-person within the library. We know the extended closing has created difficulties, and we are excited to welcome our guests back into a safe environment for continued research and discoveries,” said David Rencher, director of the Family History Library and FamilySearch’s Chief Genealogical Officer. 

Rencher says as one of the most popular attractions in the state, it has been tough to be closed for so long, but necessary to ensure the health and safety of staff and guests. When the library reopens, patrons will be asked to respect any prevailing safety precautions at that time. In addition, sanitizing stations are placed throughout the library, and continuous cleaning procedures will also be in place. 

New patron workstations at the FamilySearch Family History Library.The library has taken advantage of the prolonged closure to make needed renovations to the facility that will be very exciting to patrons when the doors reopen. “Guests will return to an environment that will significantly improve discovery and research experiences,” said Rencher. Crews have been busy preparing to welcome guests back by remodeling, adding new features like state-of-the-art patron workstations with multiple monitors and adjustable height desks to accommodate sitting or standing preferences, enhanced workflow throughout, and nearly 40,000 books from new acquisition and long-term storage. 

The library has added or upgraded the following new, free patron services. They are accessible through the new Family History Library web page.  

  • Guests can sign up for free, online, one-on-one virtual consultations with a research specialist (available in languages).  

  • Library look-up services. If you can’t come to the library, a staff member can retrieve a book from its shelves and help you find what you’re seeking. 

  • In FamilySearch Communities online, guests can get assistance from volunteers worldwide, including locating or interpreting ancestor records, asking questions, or sharing their expertise with others.  

  • Check out the growing menu of popular free online classes and webinars. New selections are offered and recorded weekly and made available on-demand.  

  • In the library, take advantage of improved services to digitize your family photos and artifacts or convert family audio and video tapes to digital media.  

FamilySearch family history centers and libraries will open based on the direction of their local ecclesiastical leaders and government guidelines. If you plan to visit a FamilySearch center soon, please call ahead to ensure it is open and its hours of operation.

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Payne
21
September
2021
History of the Payne family in Cork in 19th & 20th century
Lisa verbeck
19
September
2021
My mother and my biological father went to court in 1971 when I was born how can I find those court papers.
My mother's name is Judy Elaine Stevens in my bio father's name was Norman Wayne Davis Junior both of them lived in Des Moines Iowa and I assume Court was here in the morning
Debbie Gadouas
17
September
2021
I'm researching my maternal family tree line.
G-G Grandmother: maiden name: (several spellings) Moikauhane, Moikauhana, Moekauhana.
G Grandmother: (born Lewis) Annie Berg, DOM: 10/23/1918, Husband: Kila Kaaihue, marriage record: O-97 (17) 223. May be affiliated to Sofia Rice, Kauai Plantation.
Grandmother: DOB 11/15/1897ish maiden name Jones (she used Berg as a child), Sadie (married Cavaco and Ditchen).
Serge Darcy
17
September
2021
I am looking for a copy of the birth certificate of Carolina Zulberti also called sometimes Lucrecia. From her wedding and birth datas, I know that she was born in Constantinople (Turkey, Ottoman Empire) in 1827. Can someone help me know if the catholic registers of Constantinople at that time were microfilmed and are part of the Library ? If yes, could I get the film or DGS number ? And finally, if someone who can get this information visits the library, could that great person help me identify the precise date and eventually send to me a copy of the birth certificate ? I understand that it is a lot that I am asking for, but who knows ? I live in France. Thank you.
Alberta.Corriveau (Westleigh)..
15
September
2021
I have been searching for birth records for my deceased relatives with no luck. We lived in Cornish, Maine most of my life.(Dad),Sherlon Edmund Westleigh Dec.13 1923.(Mom), Sept 15 1933.my deceased (brothers) were Francis A Westleigh and Michael Alan Westleigh, my (half sister) Elizabeth Ann Scribner, my mother's maiden name is Scribner. On my brother's grave stone it says ( Francis Westleigh Feb.7 1956 and I was born in Sep. 12,1955.this can not be right because this would mean he was born 4 months after myself.. please help. Can't find birth certificates for any of my 8 siblings or mom and dad or myself..
Crystal Weatherford
13
September
2021
Hi my name is Crystal Weatherford and I'm looking to find information on my great grandmother who was blackfeet. Her name is Ruth Marie Reddington. She was born 09/15/1909 and passed 10/24/1966. One of her daughters name is Mary Reddington now Mary Weiss. Thank you
ERASMUS ENOBONG ENEYO
11
September
2021
I am a Stake Family History Consultant Ukat Arant Stake Nigeria.
Please I NEED SOME ARTICIES ABOUT FAMILY HISTORY TO PUT ON MY NOTICE BROAD.
PLEASE SEND THROUGH MY EMAIL ADDRESS.
THANK YOU.
BROTHER ERASMUS ENEYO
Kathlene S. Trabant
10
September
2021
I am searching for the ancestry of my grandmother, Anna Bofferding Gufler born in 1878 in Junglister, Luxembourg. Her father was Nicolas Bofferding and mother was Catharina Schilty (?sp.). Can you help me with this? I have tried many avenues of research available and nothing comes up. She came to the U.S. at the age of 20 and arrived in Lawrence, KS.
Melody Marie McCoy
08
September
2021
My grandmother was Dorothy Zumwalt, Mrs. Thomas Roger McCoy
My father was Michael McCoy. I just became aware of my lineage. I have a picture of the Utah that lead me here. He was a mule. My grandfather has him around his shoulders, as a colt. The fall of the house of usher. Duchess of Brittany. The rose line. DaVinci's mystery. I can no longer remain Anonymous. School shootings. Afghanistan. The trade center disaste. The lunar lander, the Kennedy assassination, John Lennon, Dimebag Darrel, the Challenger explosion. Pablo Picasso's Blue period.
I gave us the internet when I was 5, 1984. So I could connect all the dots. I'm now 43 but this whole shitshow started when I was 42.
Aurelia Sanchez Crum
08
September
2021
Do you have a history or family ancestry of Felimon Sanchez and Eufelia Maes Amalia New Mexico
Do you have history on Sanchez Bros Bar Amalia New Mexico
Damien Aragon
06
September
2021
Do you have scanners in the basement. If not can we take books to other floors to scan?
Jay W. Liedman
06
September
2021
I am planning a research trip to SLC in early December. Are there any plans to have the FHL hours any closer to normal by then, rather than just 9-5, M-F?
Pamela Hunt
03
September
2021
The portal in Vancouver East Family Center is closed. Is that just for Vancouver Washington area or for all the family centers in the world? I'm trying to look at a image that says you can see it at the Family Center, yet if I go there and there portal isn't working, what do I do? Thanks! Pamela
Norman J. Cody
02
September
2021
I would like to search for my ancesters,what must I do?
George Bull
07
September
2021
Do the public computers at the library in Salt Lake just have the FamilySearch website and related genealogy sites available or can the computers all access any internet website? In other words, would I need to use my smartphone or personal laptop to access my email or google.com, state archive websites, etc. while at the library?
CARLOS ALBERTO MAURICI
29
August
2021
Boa tarde, preciso encontrar registro de nascimento de MARIA DEMARCHI nascida em Buenos aires em 05/12/1883 filha de JUAN DEMARCHI e LUCIA PIAZZA provavelmente igreja SAN JUAN BAUTISTA residian na CALE PROGRESSO 499.
tony jenkins
28
August
2021
do you still produce the 1981 census on CD.
C Andersen
27
August
2021
just wondering if there are plans to reopen the main family history library on Saturdays soon? it is about the only time that I can get there with the early closing times as they are
thank you
Anette Rardin
22
August
2021
We have our flights to Salt Lake City scheduled for September 19-26, 2021. How likely is it that the Family History Library will still be open in that time frame?

If the library closes, we will need adequate time to cancel our motel reservation and airflight.
Paul Nauta
24
August
2021
Annette,

We have no foreseeable plans to close the Library outside of the current daily/weekly schedule. We are happy to welcome our customers. Keep an eye on the Family History Library webpage for current information or messages. Safe travels.
James
22
August
2021
Hi!
It is a time for me to do my family research as my part were they are their must be happy.
MUOI THI HA
22
August
2021
i would like to find out my marriage dated record, i remeber in 1986 but i dont remember the date. i married in Santa Clare county.
Paul Nauta
24
August
2021
Muoi,

Go to this link to see what instructions FamilySearch might have for finding California marriage records. Otherwise, you can contact the Vital Records department of the California Department of Public Health. It maintains public records of marriages that occurred between July 1905 to 2000 and from 2008 until present.

https://www.familysearch.org/wiki/en/How_to_Find_California_Marriage_Records