Los Angeles Family History Library - lafsl

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The Church of Jesus Christ of
Latter-day Saints

Los Angeles FamilySearch Library
10741 Santa Monica Blvd
West Los Angeles, CA 90025
Richard McBride, Director
Jon Schweitzer, Webmaster

What is a FHC?
Before You Visit The LAFSL
How to Get Started

The Los Angeles FamilySearch Library or LAFSL was established in 1964 to service the needs of the then 6.4 million citizens of the Los Angeles metropolitan area. Non members are welcome and there is no charge for facility use. About 60% of those coming to the LAFSL were not members of the Church. The LAFSL has one of the LARGEST holdings of any branch in the Family History Library System of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The LAFSL has access to the 2.4 million microfilms in the Salt Lake City Family History Library.

The LAFSL offers patrons:

  • 86 networked PC computer workstations
  • 18 film reader machines
  • 1 microfiche reader machine
  • 56,000 rolls of film
  • 40,000 microfiche
  • 6,058 books
  • Seasoned volunteers
  • Regional experts
  • Rare book collection
  • Calif. death records 1905+
  • Spanish Families of So. Calif (old pedigree charts) not available in SLC
  • Large map collection including Ordinance Survey & Land ranger maps of England & Wales and
  • Much more...

FamilySearch® - NEW
FamilySearch® - OLD
Has been removed from the Internet


Affiliated Genealogical Societies

The new LAFSL web page with the same
links to the sites below, is HERE.

The links below go to the old pages.

British Isles Family History Society - U.S.A.

California African American Genealogical Society

Deutscher Verein (German Group)

Jewish Genealogical Society of Los Angeles

Nordic Genealogical Society of Southern California

Polish Genealogical Society of CA

at http://www.lafsl.org/index.htm

The Los Angeles Family History Library has changed its name to
Los Angeles FamilySearch Library
The NEW main page is HERE.

The Newest FamilySearch "Search" is at: https://familysearch.org/search

NEW FamilySearch Site Map https://familysearch.org/site-map

NEW The large collection of red 3-ring self-help genealogy research notebooks that was in the Los Angeles Family History Library has a new home at the Burbank Family History Center. Their website is HERE. The collection is shown at http://www.lafsl.org/notebooks.htm

From The Ancestry Insider
Effective FamilySearch Search Techniques in 4 Parts - Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4

Complete FamilySearch Research HERE

Search the new FamilySearch IGI HERE. More information is HERE.

Free SLC Photoduplication Services HERE

The Biggest and Best Toolbox of Genealogy Tools is at Stephen P. Morse's Website at http://stevemorse.org/

Home Sources for Genealogy Information

Great Genealogy Research Site

There is now free unsecured wireless
Wi-Fi service in the LAFSL.

There are now new procedures for ordering microfilm/microfiche. All film/fiche orders must be made by the patrons using on-line ordering and patrons will be able to order from home. If patrons need help, information and instructions will be given by the staff at the LAFSL. The website for ordering the film/fiche is at: https://www.familysearch.org/films/ Patrons without an account will need to create an account at the "Sign In" at the upper right at https://www.familysearch.org/films/

Maps at the LAFSL

LAFSL Film and Fiche By Number Search

LAFSL Books, Films, Fiche and Maps Content Search

Ordering Film/Fiche Online

LAFSL Computer Resources - most computers

LAFSL Computer Resources - 5 computers for DOS programs

LAFSL Floor Plan

LAFSL Consultants and Teachers

is at:

FamilySearch Wiki Research Advice

Publishing your Family History
on the Internet

FamilySearch Classes Online
Videos - Requires High Speed Internet and for some classes the special "Silverlight" program and at least Windows XP SP2 or Vista or Apple Mac OS X 10.4.8 or above.

Online Databases at the LAFSL
See more information

Polish Genealogy Links

Site Map List of site pages

Scottish Research - Censuses - 4 webpages, Administration Districts - 7 webpages

Nuestro Inventario de Microfilms de America Latina
Latin American Film Holdings

Free Genealogy Forms Online

See the above new links and more new links in the "SITE and LINKS INDEX" above and left.

Traveling? Plan on attending other genealogy events around the country.

Can't find your ancestors? Review the common errors everyone makes and try again.


Most or all of the pages below now have new links to new pages HERE
and HERE.
Look at the new pages for all the new courses or classes and any required registrations.

Saturday Free Classes

Introduction to New FamilySearch Class

FamilySearch Indexing Training Class

Foundation Course in Genealogical Research

Three-Day Intensive Family History/Genealogy Training Course

Advanced Three-Day Intensive Family History/Genealogy Training Course

Priesthood Leader Training Course - for Stake Pres., HC, Bishoprics and HPGLs

Mon, Fri, Sat: 9 am to 5 pm
Tue, Wed, Thu: 9 am to 9 pm
Closed Sun except for the Foundation Course


Buying a Computer
Ship Research
Computer Internet Security Class
Military Research - U.S.
Land Research - U.S.
DAR Research
Genealogy Research On The Web
Beginning Genealogy
Social Security Research
Newspaper Research
Genealogy Research By Mail
and MORE

Come into the LAFSL to use a computer to gain FREE access to everything on Ancestry.com and obtain help from the many knowledgeable genealogy consultants. Learn more by attending the classes offered every month.

10741 Santa Monica Blvd
West Los Angeles, CA 90025
(north of the temple)


The LAFSL is located behind the Los Angeles LDS Temple on "Temple Hill" and downstairs in the Visitor's Center. Access is via the east side of the Visitor's Center.

Exit on the San Diego 405 Freeway to Santa Monica Blvd and go east 13 blocks. Turn left from Santa Monica Boulevard onto Manning, make first left onto Eastbourne and the entrance to Temple Hill. Follow the signs to the Temple Visitor's Center.

From the Santa Monica Freeway (10), exit on Overland going north to Santa Monica Boulevard. Turn right on "Big" Santa Monica Boulevard then an immediate left on Manning Avenue, first left on Eastbourne and the entrance to Temple Hill. Follow the signs to the Temple Visitor's Center.

Find LAFSL on a street map

FHC Travel Accommodations

Email the Webmaster with ONLY site errors. Copyright 2001-2014 © Los Angeles FamilySearch Library - Revised 27 March 2014.

Disclaimer of Liability and Endorsement - external website links: As a courtesy, in this site, we have provided links to external sites that help us perform our mission to assist genealogy researchers in their work. The LAFSL assumes no legal liability or responsibility associated with the use of the external sites or endorsement of the external sites.

Privacy Policy - The personal information we collect is never shared with anyone else outside the LAFSL and we do not keep cookies.

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