Family History Research GuideOverview


Family History Research Guide

If you are researching an individual who has been associated with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in any part of the world, the Church History Library may have historical sources that can help bring their story to life. The Church History Library houses many varied materials such as the following:

  • Personal papers (journals, memoirs, correspondence, etc.)
  • Photographs
  • Oral histories
  • Local unit records
  • Annual histories
  • Records from Church departments

We also hold many other unique records that could offer historical context for your ancestors’ lives. Even if the library doesn’t have a source that specifically discusses your ancestor, you can learn about their circumstances through the recorded perspectives of fellow countrymen, townsfolk, local religious leaders, neighbors, emigrants, travelers, and others with similar occupations and social experiences.