Are the genealogy records of the Mormon Church open to the public?
The genealogy records of the LDS (Mormon) Church are free and open to the public, with the exception of personal Church membership records and records pertaining to LDS religious ordinances. Today, more than ever before, the public has greater and more convenient access to the Church's historical records collections.
The public can access all available Church records in person through the Salt Lake Family History Library or one of its Family History Centers, worldwide. In addition, microfilmed records can now be ordered through participating pubic libraries. To review holdings and locate records, researchers may access the Family History Library Card catalog online.
Many original records are also available online at FamilySearch.org and other Church websites. All of the Church's historical records collections housed at the Granite Mountain Vault in Salt Lake City, are in the process of being digitized and indexed, and are being placed online, made possible through the Church's indexing program and the thousands of indexing volunteers throughout the world, members and non-members alike.
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