Unique Genealogical Highlights of the Brigham Young University Family History Library — Part Three

BYU Family History Library Microfilm Cabinets

With the huge collections of digitized records going online along with all the huge repositories around the earth, that will would likely be difficult to claim uniqueness for any record. although the reality of genealogical records is actually that will many of them are unique along with even some of those that will have been published or microfilmed have been released only in very limited quantities. A huge library, such as the Brigham Young University, Harold B. Lee Library (Lee Library) by its very nature will acquire a large number of unique items. although inside case of the Lee Library, because of the emphasis of its sponsoring organization, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS), there are even more genealogically important items than there would likely be in a library without This kind of type of connection. For an insight into the basis for the LDS interest in genealogy see the LDS.org article on Temples.


The resources inside Lee Library along with particularly inside BYU Family History Library fall into several general categories as follows:

1. Physical items such as books, serial publications, maps, microfilm records, microfiche, photos along with various other media items.
2. An extensive list of online resources, many of which can only be accessed while inside Lee Library itself.
3. Support resources such as scanners for books, single sheet document along with photo scanners, high-speed, sheet-fed document along with photo scanners, book scanners, microfilm scanners along with film negative scanners.
4. Preserved original documents, manuscripts, photos along with various other ephemera in special, underground storage vaults.

Access to many of these items requires a physical visit to the Lee Library. Given the background along with the Lee Library’s sponsoring institution, you would likely expect the Library to have a sizable number of documents relating to Mormon history along with you would likely be correct. although, the Lee Library is actually a major research library that will supports approximately 30,000 students enrolled in nearly 0 different student majors with many of those majors offering graduate degrees. See BYU Graduate Studies.

In addition, BYU has extensive academic offerings that will specialize in family history. The university maintains a Family History Portal that will links to many of the resources on campus for family history.


that will is actually important to bear in mind when doing research at the BYU Family History Library that will that will is actually only a part of the larger Lee Library along with all of the resources of the main library are available to researchers.

Genealogists are not necessarily oriented towards working along with doing research in a major academic library. by my own observations, most of the patrons who come to the BYU Family History Library are entirely unaware of the extended resources inside Lee Library, even when they are physically present inside Library itself. The BYU Family History Libraries main area is actually underground inside Lee Library’s Second Level. The BYU Family History Library main area houses the genealogy reference books, the scanning equipment, a huge collection of microfilm along with microfiche records, many individual computer stations along with comfortable study areas that will include a large number of chairs along with tables. There is actually also a huge collection of books by the University’s Religious Studies Department. The rest of the vast resources are scattered around the main library on the Library’s six levels. Here is actually an example of the floor map for Level 2 where the main Family History Library room is actually located.


The BYU Family History Library is actually the area on the extreme right of the map that will extends out by the main area of the Library. Yes, that will is actually that will relatively little area. Here is actually another copy of the map with the BYU Family History Library outlined in red.

Remember there are several more levels to This kind of huge library.

If you are anxious to begin investigating the specific holdings of the Lee Library along with our BYU Family History Library then you can do so by looking at the Catalog on the main page of the Lee Library’s website.

Entry to the Catalog is actually that will white search field at the top of the page. Meanwhile, stay tuned along with I will continue This kind of extensive investigation into the earth’s second largest family history library.

The previous posts in This kind of series.


Unique Genealogical Highlights of the Brigham Young University Family History Library — Part Three

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