Welcome to the research guide for family and local history sources at the Church History Library. If you are a family historian and your family has been associated with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in any part of the world, or if you are compiling a history of your branch, ward, stake, district, or mission, the Church History Library may have historical sources that can help bring your story to life. For additional genealogical information, visit FamilySearch.
The Church History Library houses personal papers (journals, memoirs, correspondence, etc.), photographs, oral histories, local unit records and annual histories, records from Church departments, and other unique records that could offer historical context for your ancestors’ lives. Even if the library doesn’t have a direct source of information pertaining to your ancestors, you can learn about them through the recorded perspectives of fellow countrymen, townsfolk, local religious leaders, neighbors, emigrants, travelers, and others with similar occupations and social experiences.