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2021
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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.

RELATED

The Family History Library Reopening and Remodeling (FamilySearch Blog)

Temple Square Is Reopening to the Public

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.

Comments 1 - 20 (23)
Thank you for your message.
Beverley Jorgensen
19
June
2021
Just a quick question in regard to marriage records in Family Search. Often a hint will appear for a particular person, let's call him Johannes. When I try to check the marriage record info it appears with only Johannes' name - no place or date or spouse's name is available. If by chance the record is attached to the spouse then all info is available to read. One can check there and attach it to Johannes if it is the correct data. If it is not attached to the spouse then it is impossible to determine for sure that the record is for and therefore, the hint is left in limbo.
Is there a way to see the marriage hint in the same manner one can see a birth or death hint?
Margie Babin Throckmorton
17
June
2021
I am so happy the Family History Library will be reopening. This is an answer to many prayers. I live in Louisiana and will be traveling to Salt Lake in the middle of Sept. This is the reason my Husband and I took the Covid shots.
Miss Millie
14
June
2021
This is great news. The new and improved facilities and support options sound wonderful. Many thanks to all!! We will be formulating travels plans for a future visit to the library and Temple Square.
Stay well.
~~ Miss Millie
David Barker
14
June
2021
I'm excited! I have a list of things I want to look at there. There are quite a number of records which have been digitized, but are only viewable on computers at Family History Centers. Any hope of re-negotiating with whoever placed the restrictions on them and make them available on the internet from our homes? Years ago, the FHL provided parking tokens, or otherwise made parking available to patrons of the library. When my wife and I served as volunteers there (CSMs), we were able to park in the lot immediately behind the library--which, during our time there was not once filled to capacity. Any parking options you'd suggest?
Mike Beier
13
June
2021
Full speed ahead! It is exciting to think about again accessing those in-house records. But the closure has also opened my eyes to many on-line sources I hadn't considered. The Lord giveth and the Lord taketh away. Blessed be the name of the Lord!
Tony Phelps Jenkins
12
June
2021
do you still produce the 1901 census (British) I have lost the last one you produced
Ray Vick
11
June
2021
I have two type written genealogies that I would like to donate to the Family History Library if you/they do not already have them. 1. "Druck-Drook and Allied Families 1741-1979" by Betty Drook Shutt. The book is 82 pages, single sided, and may be subtitled Genealogy and Sketches of Drook, Shackleford, Eagle, Tiffin, Fosher and Painter. Dated about 1979.
2. "The Fosher Girls (Fasher) Daughters of Daniel Fosher and Marillis (Eckel) Fosher (1785-1970)" compiled by Ruth (Curtis) Snyder. 292 pages, double sided. Dated 1982.

These books contain references to some Taylor-related families I am connected to.
Ray Vick
Leslie Ashley
11
June
2021
I’m thrilled the library is opening! I will be in SLC August 10, 11, and 12. I’d like to know if I need to make reservations to enter the library and if so, how I can do that. Many thanks!
Georganne Ishii
10
June
2021
I can’t express my delight in hearing the news the the Family History Library is going to open soon. I look forward to my time there doing my family research. I always take time to walk around the Temple grounds and find great peace there.
Carol S. Meyer
10
June
2021
I certainly appreciate that! Thanks!
Sue V
10
June
2021
Doin’ the HAPPY DANCE HERE!! Thrilled to hear this!!!
Jeanette Dunigan
09
June
2021
THANK YOU! Stay safe everyone! Look forward to coming back to SLC to do some research and I just love the city!! Great restaurants, great folks and lovely terrain!
Kristen Bell
09
June
2021
We would like to bring a group of 9 Young Women to the family history museum on July 21, preferrably morning hours. Is it possible to schedule a tour or do you take appointment time?
Thank you for any help you can give me.
Kristen
Laurice Johnson
09
June
2021
Can you please update your facebook page with this information? Possibly links to this release and also to the article about what you've been doing in the Library during the pandemic closure? Thank you.
Maurice O'Connell
09
June
2021
I found a Marriage in Familysearch a few years ago.
The Marriage of Myles Sullivan on the 23 June 1907 in Mathattan New York , New York State it not there anymore, I have a screenshot of it .
How do I get a photocopy of it , any help would be great .
Maurice
Paul Nauta
09
June
2021
Consider the following three options perhaps to receive the help you’re seeking.

· You can ask the FamilySearch Community for help. Go to the link and look for the Mexico Research Community. Post your question(s) there and they will attempt to help you. https://community.familysearch.org/en/categories/gp-groups?route=research-groups
· You can set up a free 20 minute consultation online in-language with a research specialist from the Family History Library. They can help guide you in your research. https://www.familysearch.org/family-history-library/family-history-library-research-consultations
· Library look-up services. If you can’t come to the library, a staff member can retrieve a book from its shelves or look at limited access collections and help you find what you’re seeking. https://www.familysearch.org/family-history-library/family-history-library-records-look-up-service

Best of success!

Debra K
09
June
2021
Looking forward to being there in person in August. The volunteers and staff have always been very helpful and I look forward seeing their friendly faces.
Sharon Monson
09
June
2021
I am thrilled that the library is going to be opening in July! As a professional genealogist, I have missed the valuable holdings that are not available online. It will be wonderful to have that access soon. Thanks for bringing back more of the books from long-term storage. I can't wait to see the new acquisitions!
Crystal Farish
09
June
2021
Exciting news!!! Thank you so much for all your staff did over the pandemic to help professional researchers. It was appreciated.
Allene Dotson
09
June
2021
Thank you. I can get back to work with my research with previously inaccessible sources. Thank you.
Dee Hert
08
June
2021
Words cannot express my and millions of fellow researchers appreciation for all that you all do for all of us. One of my many areas of focus is Germans from Russia, I understand there are numerous additional new publications awaiting our review.

I intend to spend many future hours working with the Germanic and Latin team.

Thank you all!

Dee
Mike Beier
14
June
2021
I second that!