Planning a Trip to the Family History Library Webinar

There’s more to going to the Family History Library in Salt Lake than simply arriving at the Library with a vague set of goals. For the past ten years I have lead a group of researchers to the library every May. In this webinar, we will see ways to plan for your time at the library to make the most of your time there. For many researchers, a trip to the Family History Library is a significant expense.

The following items are discussed:

  • Use of the card catalog


    Michael in the microfilm area of the Family History Library–taken in 2014.

  • What you should do the moment you walk in the library
  • Creating a search strategy that emphasizes what’s at the library instead of what may be available elsewhere
  • Determining when research may be best done elsewhere on a certain family or location
  • Creating effective research lists to make better use of your research time, track what you do while at the library, and create citations upon return home
  • Organizing tasks while at the library to take advantage of the structure of the library
  • Utilizing fee-based databases at the library unique to your personal research
  • Onsite organizational strategies
  • Tracking paper and digital copies
  • What to do on your research when the library is closed (for those who just can’t put their research away)

This has already been given and is available for immediate purchase and download. If you pre-registered for a download and have not received it, please forward your receipt to and I’ll send you the download link. You do not need to repay.


4 thoughts on “Planning a Trip to the Family History Library Webinar

  1. Marlene Teter says:

    Hooray! I am a missionary on the international floor of the FHL in Salt Lake City. The more prepared you are the more we can help. There are big changes going on at the Library right now. The main floor is being remodeled and will included a family search discovery center among other things. You might want to call ahead and see what’s new and how it can be of service to your group. Also, if you have a problem with your tree on Family Search there is an Escalation Team on the 3rd floor that can help resolve issues – come prepared with the problem documented and well laid out. You may already be planning to share this but….. look at the family search catalog and see what resources are in the library and what is in the granite vault or high density storage. If we can get things out of storage for you in when you first arrive that will help you have a more productive visit. Remember that there are a whole lot of things still on microfilm and we have a collection of maps from all time periods that is second to none. Come see us on level B1 – the International group.

    • Thanks, Marlene! Those are all good comments and suggestions. I always encourage people to be “over-prepared” and have multiple families to work on–in addition to the ideas you gave. There is so much at the FHL that is not online and you are exactly right about knowing what’s in the vault versus onsite, which is why it is imperative to look at the catalog before you ever set foot in Salt Lake. Thanks!

  2. Martha Jones says:

    I registered for the Jan. 5th FHL webinar. Do I have to pay extra for the handout?

    I also have encouraged some friends to sign-up for this webinar. What is the best way to access it on Jan 5th at 3:00 pm? (We live in the Central Time Zone.)


    • The handout is included in the live and recorded presentations. The attendance is through GotoWebinar and the links for those usually go out within 24 hours of registering. The handout is sent closer to the actual presentation. If you don’t get it the “invite” by the evening of the 3rd, please email me at Thanks…and thanks for letting others know about the presentation. That is appreciated.

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