FamilySearch, formerly known as the Genealogical Society of Utah, is a nonprofit organization associated with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS). FamilySearch has collected genealogical records from all over the world since the 1930s. The organization originally microfilmed records but now collects them via digital media.
FamilySearch also maintains the largest genealogy library in the world, the Family History Library. It is located in Salt Lake City, Utah. Satellites of the Family History Library, called Family History Centers, are located in many LDS churches. Family History Centers offer research assistance, database access, and genealogy materials. One of the organization’s goals is to digitize its genealogical records and make them available freely to everyone via its website, FamilySearch.org.
Due to contractual restrictions, some FamilySearch records may be viewed only at Family History Centers and/or FamilySearch Affiliate Libraries. The Buffalo & Erie County Public Library’s Grosvenor Room is now a FamilySearch Affiliate. Now that the Library has been accepted as an Affiliate Library, we can provide free and greater access to FamilySearch databases and valuable genealogical records to Grosvenor Room visitors.
Come and visit us in the Grosvenor Room so that we can get you started with FamilySearch!