Prepared by Elisabeth Lindsay.
The Family History Library (FHL), located in Salt Lake City, Utah, owned and operated by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (LDS), is the largest genealogical library in the world. The LDS Church, known for its contributions to genealogy, provides the Library as a service to the world, members and non-members alike. The Library houses a massive collection of books, microfilm, and microfiche, as well as many other collections available on CD and DVD. Original copies of the microfilm are stored at the Granite Mountain Vault in Salt Lake City, where they are copied and sent to the FHL. Most microfilm available at the FHL can also be ordered, with copies to sent to local Family History Centers around the world. The Family History Card Catalog is available online at FamilySearch.org, the Church's genealogy website. For information about donating to the Family History Library, visit FamilySearch.org.
The Family History Library has long been the destination for researchers from every part of the world. The Library is staffed primarily by experienced, but unpaid volunteers. The Library is free and open to the public; the only fees associated with the Library are those for copy machines and computer print-outs. The Library also hosts free classes covering many topics and research in many countries. The collections of the Family History Library are a mainstay in genealogical research, and have been for many, many years. Today, the Library's vast collection is being digitized and made available for free online.