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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

An Unbeatable Combination - SLIG and the Family History Library

SLIG provides its students with the chance to enhance their education for a week on a wide variety of topics. There are thirteen courses offered in 2016. What further enhances the experience, is SLIG’s close proximity to the Family History Library. Founded in 1894, it is the largest library of its kind and is open to the public free of charge.

Whether you have varied research interests or just like to have access to the wealth of material available for a specific location, the FHL satisfies both. The FHL’s collection “includes over 2.4 million rolls of microfilmed genealogical records, 727,000 microfiche; 356,000 books, serials and other formats; over 4,500 periodicals and 3,725 electronic resources.” These records cover the globe and include the “United States, Canada, the British Isles, Europe, Latin America, Asia, and Africa.”[1] The library provides Research Consultants as well as volunteers to ensure that all patrons have readily available help, if needed.

Whether it is your first time or your hundredth time, you should do some preparation before you come to maximize your research time while you are onsite. For instance, you should:

  1. Organize your materials,
  2. See what has already been done,
  3. Decide what you want to learn, and
  4. Identify available records.[2]

Once you are at the library, you can always request help from a reference consultant. Besides being able to further your personal research, having the FHL so close allows you to practice what you learn during your week at SLIG.

With registration right around the corner on June 20th, now is the time to immerse yourself in an intensive week of learning at SLIG and researching at the FHL. It truly is an unbeatable combination!

[1] "Family History Library," FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/locations/saltlakecity-library : accessed 26 May 2015).
[2] “Library Tips,” FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/locations/library_tips : accessed 26 May 2015).

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