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Research

In addition to personalized research assistance, the BYU Family History Library offers many resources to aid in your research. These resources include access to BYU Library’s large university library collection of books, e-books, newspapers, maps, microforms, and periodicals. The library also offers access to premium family history, history, social science, and other databases, as well as to family history center access to FamilySearch digitized records and books. There are in-library classes, instructional videos, and webinars to aid you in your research. The library also provides helpful links to other free online family history resources.

Search BYU Library Collections

Search BYU Library Collections

Search for books, databases, maps, newspapers, periodicals, special collections, and more in BYU Library’s extensive collections.

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FamilySearch Microfilms & Fiche at BYU

Looking for a microfilm or microfiche from FamilySearch that is not yet online. The BYU Family History Library may have it in our collection. These are not currently listed in the BYU Library Catalog.

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Alphabetical List

A list of all BYU Family History Library Resource links.

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Digital State Archives

Links to selected digital archives.

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Classes and Webinars

Free in-library classes, YouTube videos, and webinars.

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Libraries & Historical Societies

Family History Library, Harold B. Lee Library, Library of Congress, FamilySearch.org, Misc. Societies and Associations, etc.

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Maps

A listing of map guides, indexes, and online maps that are useful to genealogists.

periodicals

Newspapers

Links to online and digital newspapers.

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Records

Census, Vital, Birth, Death, Marriages, Obituaries, Immigration, Military, Archive CDs, FamilySearch.org, etc.

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Reference

Cyndi's List, Glossary, Dictionaries, Forms, Vital Records, Foreign Word Lists, Research Guidance, City Directories, Maps, etc.

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Subject List

A categorized list of Family History Center Subjects.

Important Links

BYU Library Catalog

BYU Library Catalog

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FamilySearch Microfilms & Fiche at BYU

Scanner Reservations

Scanner Reservations

FamilySearch

FamilySearch*

Ancestry.com

Ancestry.com
(BYU campus)

MyHeritage Libarary Edition

MyHeritage
Library Edition
(BYU campus)

Find My Past

Find My Past
(BYU Library)

   
Saints by Sea

Saints by Sea

The Family History Guide

The Family History Guide

County Histories

County Histories
(BYU access)

Fold3.com

Fold3
(BYU access)

WorldVitalRecords.com

Sanborn Maps
(BYU access)

HistoryGeo

HistoryGeo
(BYU access)

Gateway to North America

Gateway to North America
(BYU access)

"BYU access" means that the item is accessible on BYU campus or remotely for logged-in BYU students and faculty. If labeled “BYU campus” then it is available anywhere on BYU campus, but not remotely. "BYU Library" indicates that you may only access the resource while physically at the BYU Library. (If you have a personal account with any of these sites, you can access them anywhere. If so, it is best to access them directly rather than using these links.)

*FamilySearch is accessiable anywhere on the Internet, but many of the images (ca. 25-30%) require viewing at a FamilySearch family history center. BYU Library is also designated as a family history center allowing access to these images.