FamilySearch Library To Offer Library Lookup Service #usa #announcements #records


Jan Meisels Allen
 


With the pandemic, the FamilySearch Library in Salt Lake City, Utah has been closed, as has its regional and affiliate libraries. A new Library Lookup Service will soon provide greater access to these records globally.

 

You need to register for a free FamilySearch Account where you can search through their large database of records.  https://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog. When you open the link on the right upper side there is a sign in and a create account. To create an account you need to provide your first and last names, birth month, day and year, sex and whether you are a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

 

Upon request, staff and volunteers at the library will look up specific records in their collections that cannot be viewed online. Since Library Lookup is not a research service, people will need to identify the specific record from FamilySearch.org that they need to see.

 

To use the Lookup service, visit the online request form (https://form.jotform.com/201775133001037 to request a copy of the image of the original document. 

 

If your request is about something in a book-not all books have been digitized and copyright limitations will apply. Use the same aforementioned request form along with the title or call number of the book and the page number (s) you want copied.  The staff will send a PDF copy of the page or pages, as allowed. In cases where page numbers are unknown, staff can check the index in a book for the listing of a name or chosen term to help provide the right pages. 

 

After the COVID-19 restrictions are lifted and the library reopens, the Library Lookup Service will continue as part of the FamilySearch global outreach.

 

To read more see: https://www.familysearch.org/blog/en/library-lookup-service-fhl/

 

Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee

 

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