Family Search

Please note that on September 1, 2017, FamilySearch discontinued its microfilm distribution services. This change is due to FamilySearch’s microfilm digitization efforts and the obsolescence of microfilm technology. Online access to digital images allows FamilySearch and its affiliates to reach more patrons faster and more efficiently. FamilySearch has now digitally reproduced the bulk of its microfilm collection—over 1.5 billion images so far—including the most requested collections based on microfilm loan records worldwide. The remaining microfilms should be digitized by 2020, and all new records from its ongoing global efforts are already using digital camera equipment.

Digital images of historical records can be accessed today in three places on FamilySearch.org under Search:

  • Records include historical records indexed by name or organized with an image browse.
  • Books includes digital copies of books from the Family History Library and other libraries
  • Catalog includes a description of genealogical materials (including books, online materials, microfilm, microfiche, etc.) in the FamilySearch collection, including millions of online images not yet available in Records or Books.

For navigation help, see Finding Digital Images on FamilySearch.org.

FamilySearch will continue to offer access to records through affiliate libraries, including new digital access to many of the records that are currently restricted from viewing at home.

For more information, see Digital Records Access Replacing Microfilm or call the library at 860-355-1191 x207.