Family History Library Research While At RootsTech

Are you one of the thousands who are going to RootsTech 2014 in February 2014? If so, are you planning on visiting the Family History Library while you are in […]

Are you one of the thousands who are going to RootsTech 2014 in February 2014? If so, are you planning on visiting the Family History Library while you are in Salt Lake City? Here are a few tips to help you effectively spend your time at the library. Family History Library – Salt Lake City

1. Decide on the records you hope to find there.

2. Take a copy of your genealogy or group sheets for the person(s) in your quest so you have their data with you. You don’t want to waste your precious time in the library finding the information you already possess.

3. Study the floor plans of the library now so you can plan your day(s).

4. Use the FamilySearch Catalog now to find the films and books you want to research when you are at the library.

5. Print the catalog film and book results page for the resources you want to view. Flip the page over and print the Individual page about the ancestor associated with that record or at least write their name, birth date and place, marriage date and place and death date and place there.

6. Write the notes your find about your ancestor in that film or record. The source is listed on the other side of the page, so you wont loose it the excitement of the find.

7. 3-hole punch the page and put it in your resource notes binder. You’ll always have your original notes and sources for reference if you do. If you are like me, a 3rd, 4th, 5th and more review of my notes over time results in more information than I found in the earlier extractions. The more we learn about our ancestors over time, the more we can extract from seemingly meaningless or unrelated information that we originally copied.

The library will be busy with all of the visitors in town for Roots Tech. Try to arrive when the library opens and plan on spending the full day there if possible. The library is large, but the visitor count will be large too.

Remember to take a thumb drive / memory stick with you to store the images and data you find. Label it with your name and phone number or email address. Visitors constantly forget to remove their drives from computers and leave them at the library with no information on them so that they can be returned to the owner.

The Library website offers tips to help make your research visit successful. Take a few minutes to review it before you leave for Salt Lake.

As noted in Item #2 – Remember that any preparation work you can do for your library visit now will release that same amount of time for research when you are in the library. Don’t put yourself in the situation of wasting your time in the library doing prep work that you could and should have done at home.

Here’s to an excellent experience at RootsTech and to great research success in the Library.


About Lee Drew

Family history research is a favored avenue of relaxation. It is a Sherlock-like activity that can continue almost anywhere at any time. By leveraging a lifetime involvement in technology, my research efforts have resulted in terabytes of ancestral data, earning me the moniker of Lineagekeeper. And yes - We are all related to Royalty.