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LDS Church changes name of Family History Library and centers

By Genelle Pugmire - | Jan 16, 2023

Courtesy Intellectual Reserve

The FamilySearch Library carries a new logo and name change. Previously, it was called the Family History Library.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has changed the Family History Library on Temple Square at 35 N. West Temple in Salt Lake City.

The facility will now be called the FamilySearch Library. In conjunction with that name change, all of the church’s 5,700-plus family history centers throughout the world will now be known as FamilySearch centers.

The change is to let church members and the general public know there is a free genealogical resource available close by.

Family is central to the Church of Jesus Christ, according to a statement on the name change.

“We invite you to visit the FamilySearch Library or a local FamilySearch center to discover your roots and how your ancestors have shaped you,” the church announcement said.

Each of the FamilySearch Centers offers personalized assistance from volunteers who are trained in online research and can help patrons navigate research platforms.

Visitors to FamilySearch centers can get special access to images of historical records that are only available in centers.

Reservations are only needed for large groups or societies. For information, call 801-240-6996 or email at FHL-GroupReservations@familysearch.org

Current hours at the FamilySearch Library are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays, and 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays. Staffing is limited on Saturdays and most holidays.

Hours for the Special Collections department, located on the 2nd Floor, are 9-11 a.m. and 1-5 p.m. Monday-Friday. It is closed Saturdays and holidays.


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