“FHL Lookup,” we thought we should take a minute to explain what this
and why having access to its collections is so important. [You can also visit this website for a brief
overview of this unique facility: https://familysearch.org/locations/saltlakecity-library
attractions located on Temple Square in Salt Lake City, Utah. It is the largest repository in the world of
microfilm, microfiche, books, and other resources (such as maps) used to
conduct family history research. Since 1938 FamilySearch has captured 3.1
billion records, most stored on 2.5 million rolls of microfilm from 202
different countries. Twenty-three
percent of the images in the Granite Mountain vault have been digitized to
date, with the remaining to be microfilmed in 3 to 4 years.
[Note that the “Granite Mountain” is a mass of solid rock one mile up
Little Cottonwood Canyon in the Wasatch Range of Utah, not too far from Salt
Lake City. Despite its name, however, Granite Mountain is primarily composed of
hundred million images from 1,225 archives have been published online so far
and FamilySearch is adding about a million images per day. In addition, they have published nearly 3
billion searchable names. The number of records is increasing by about 1.1
million records per day and currently contains just under 2 million names. 80 to 100 million records are being added per
year using 300 camera crews in 48 different countries. So you can see that this is an invaluable
resource for your genealogical activities.
guide to these records is the Family History Library Catalog. This Catalog
describes the records in each collection of the Family History Library. It
tells you which record collections contain the primary (and secondary) records
for your ancestors, including births, marriages, and deaths; census records;
church registers; and many other records.
are two versions of the catalog available online. The latest version is at: https://familysearch.org/#form=catalog. The earlier version is at: https://familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlc/ (Some people seem to prefer the interface of the earlier
version over that of the new one.)
instructions on using these catalogs, go to: https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Introduction_to_the_Family_History_Library_Catalog
to the actual “lookup” process. When you
have located the book, microfiche, or microfilm listed in the catalog that you
need, you have two options:
Physically go to the FHL yourself and view or look up the record. This option requires you to travel to Salt
Lake City, Utah, which may not be feasible for many people.
copy the contents of the desired record.
This option is referred to as a “FHL Lookup Request” and is available
for books, microfilm, and microfiche.
This service is provided when you click the “Like” button
on the Rootsonomy Facebook page for the first time. For those who do not live
in the Salt Lake area, this is the fastest, easiest way to obtain information
from the actual record. Requests are processed usually within 48 hours and the
results are sent to you electronically.