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Owner description: Largest collection of genealogical information in the world.
Weston super Mare, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
39 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Amazing place”
Reviewed April 2, 2013

If you want to do family history research for ancestors all over the world, this is the place to go! We were looking for family from Germany, South Africa, USA as well as the UK and found some great resources here, all free to look at, very helpful staff etc. We'll be back

Visited April 2013
1 Thank Christine R
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Boston, Massachusetts
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“Genealogy at your fingertips”
Reviewed March 31, 2013

For anyone interested in Genealogy, this is the place to go. You do not have to be a member of the LDS to do research in the library. Since the early days of the Church, researchers have combed the world and copird birth, death an marriage records in ll corners of the world and located them in a central place as Genealogy is a central tenant of their religion. There are a number of guides avail for the first time researcher and they will help you to ger familiar with what is available for you in the library. You will be surprised at the vast amount of data that has been collect her. Many people come and spend weeks at a time and still do not cover all that they want to.

Visited March 2013
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Salt Lake City, Utah
Level 5 Contributor
59 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
“Best place in the world to research family history”
Reviewed March 30, 2013

Volunteer staff quick to assist as needed. When they don't have an answer, professionals are made available. Microfilms easy to find and read. Be sure to take a memory stick to save images. If first time, ask for overview. You'll find patrons a mix of newbies and pros. Most are intent on their own work, but most will answer a quick question. It might be well to ware story telling--glazed eyes may provide a clue. 8^). Again--ask if you have any questions; you'll be surprised at how much is available.

Visited March 2013
1 Thank merryole
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Rogers, Arkansas, United States
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14 reviews
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“Late Night at the Library”
Reviewed March 28, 2013

I'm not old, just to get that out of the way. Younger generations are getting the genealogy bug and I thoroughly enjoyed learning some great research tips from the senior missionaries serving there. You won't find a happier, friendlier bunch than the Family History Library. I loved being able to stay late during Roots Tech.

Visited March 2013
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Level 6 Contributor
132 reviews
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“Excellent Library and Lots of Help to do your Research”
Reviewed March 26, 2013

This library was big and new and bright looking. It made it a pleasure to do research there. (You can do "mini-research" at another bldg. off the main Mormon Square). When you enter, a person greets you to make sure you are directed to the right area. New people start in a main, general room where they show a brief video giving you an overview of the facility. Everything you do is free. The only cost is if you want to make copies (a $2 card, which is 5 cents a copy). After the video, a person greets you and takes you to a computer and shows you how to operate it specifically in genealogy research. They are very patient and dont leave until you are confident. At any time you can ask for more help. Once you've done on that computer (it might take 2 or 4 hours), you can ask about other floors. Each floor specializes in a certain area or country (like Great Britain). It seems they have people there who speak the language in that country (I had to wait till a certain person freed up, but it wasnt long). When you return, you can go directly to that floor (eg, the next day). The computers are new and fast. All the sites are free (including ancestry.com). While I didn't use everything, I was aware that they had 100s of microfiche and readers, and you could use your ipad and iphone with the available free wi-fi, or put your info on memory disks/flash drives (rather than print it).=== I heard there was a snack room, but I went and ate across the street at the new beautiful mall. I wanted to get some fresh air and it had lovely landscaping. There is a huge parking lot a block away (I think it was 3rd street?) at a low price. But if they are having an event, it fills up fast. If you are only there 2 hours or less, just park on the main street, or in the shopping mall underground parking. The restaurant in the Mormon Square is kind of expensive. Free classes are offered on a regular basis, if you want to check out the info online. I spent two days there and got some new info (and some old stuff I already had). You can use their "branch offices" (or whatever they call them) across the nation to continue your research, but there are less free materials there. It is commendable to the Mormons to offer this service....the largest facility of ancestor info...and it's free!

Visited September 2012
4 Thank ColoradoCat
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