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Genealogy Guide: United Kingdom and Ireland

Family History Library (FHL) of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (LDS)

The Family History Library (FHL) of the Church of Latter-Day Saints (LDS) has digitized its vast collection of genealogical records from archives all over the world. These records are freely searchable and/or viewable on their website, FamilySearch.orgClick here to browse a list of searchable collections by country

To identify FHL records relevant to your research, do a “Place Search” in the FamilySearch Catalog for your town of interest. If given a lists of towns, make sure you choose the one located within the appropriate district/county and province/state. If you don't find relevant records associated with your town of interest, search the catalog again by name of the district/county or province/state in which the town was located.

All search results include a list of microfilms on which a particular record group was initially reproduced. Next to each microfilm number, you will see either a camera icon by itself, denoting that the record group is freely available online (click the camera icon to view those records on your computer), or a camera icon with a key, denoting that the record group can only be viewed on computers at specified locations (see next paragraph).

Due to international data privacy laws and agreements made between the FHL and individual record holders, some digitized records are only accessible at LDS Family History Centers, or at Family History Centers and affiliate libraries (Note: the Center for Jewish History is an affiliate library). Click here to locate your nearest Family History Center or affiliate library.

If you encounter an issue with FHL digitized records, please note that many of the original FHL microfilms of Jewish interest can be viewed at the Center for Jewish History's Genealogy Institute. Click here for a complete list of microfilms on long-term loan at the Center for Jewish History