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If you live in a smaller community, you may be surprised to discover that your hometown has a resource specifically for local genealogical research! Sponsored by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS), over 3,400 Family History Centers worldwide provide support for genealogical research. Access to microfilms containing images of records are among the important resources found in Family History Centers.

You are not required to be a member of the LDS church to use a Family History Center; the resources contained within them are available to everyone. Keep in mind that the workers at a Family History Center cannot research your genealogy for you, although they're willing to point you in the right direction. To find a Family History Center, use the FamilySearch search interface, which you can find at

Of course, your local telephone directory will have the Family History Center listed if you have one in your area. However, it probably will not have the hours right there in the phonebook (like the Web site does) so it is a good idea to call ahead and get their hours so you don't show up on a day that they are closed.

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