FamilySearch announces new name for Family History Library. Here’s why

‘The name changes will better align local centers with FamilySearch’s expanding global brand’

The world-renowned Family History Library in Salt Lake City has a new name — the FamilySearch Library

Additionally, all family history centers worldwide are now known as FamilySearch centers

FamilySearch announced the name changes to the public on Tuesday, Jan. 10. A notice from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was sent to local leaders and those with family history-related callings. 

“The name changes will better align local centers with FamilySearch’s expanding global brand,” according to the FamilySearch news release

The Family History Library in Salt Lake City is now the FamilySearch Library, as shown on Monday, Jan. 9, 2023. | Scott G Winterton, Deseret News

In addition to the flagship family research and discovery facility in Salt Lake City, FamilySearch has more than 5,000 local centers where visitors can receive free individualized help and utilize computers to access resources. 

“FamilySearch is a global brand with free local FamilySearch centers in most countries to help individuals make fun, personal discoveries about themselves and their ancestors,” said Steve Rockwood, CEO for FamilySearch International. 

“Center patrons can receive in-person help and access millions of additional historical records online. The more you learn about yourself and the history of your family, the more your sense of who you are is deepened, and the more relationships and communities are strengthened.”

New signs for each FamilySearch Center will be available in the near future, according to the Church’s notice.

“Priesthood leaders and stake and ward councils are also invited to consider how this change may increase opportunities for inviting more people from the community to the FamilySearch Centers,” the notice states.

The news release noted that there are more than 1,500 FamilySearch affiliate libraries (public libraries, museums, universities, and archives) that have privileges to limited-access FamilySearch databases. There will be no name change for a FamilySearch affiliate library.

History of the library

Located on the southwest side of Temple Square in downtown Salt Lake City, the FamilySearch Library was dedicated in 1985 and covers 142,000 square feet over five floors. According to its website, it houses the largest collection of genealogical materials in the world, including books, periodicals, maps, pedigree charts, CD-ROMs, microfilms and microfiche. 

The library was remodeled while closed during the COVID-19 pandemic and reopened in July 2021. Changes were primarily designed to make the library’s services more accessible — new floor arrangements, updated workstations, improved lighting, an expanded break room, new books and bookshelves, and renovated restrooms. 

Visit the FamilySearch Library website to find hours of operation and a FamilySearch Center near you.

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