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Los Angeles FamilySearch Library
formerly Los Angeles Family History Library
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The Los Angeles FamilySearch Library (LAFSL) was organized and opened in 1964 under the expertise of seasoned volunteers. Since that time hundreds of volunteers of all religions and races as well as innumerable LDS family history missionaries have given thousands of personal hours to enable the center to be open at flexible hours for the many patrons in the Southern California area. If you would like to be part of this growing community of dedicated selfless individuals, please contact Richard McBride at 310-474-9990.

Look at the Rules and Procedures at the LAFSL HERE.

Most common questions asked via telephone and first-time visitors to the LAFSL:
Q: How do I get started?
A: Refer to Before You Visit and "Family History--How do I begin?"
Q: What is the Ancestral File and the I.G.I.? A: Both are now included in FamilySearch. Use FamilySearch and look at the bottom of the page for the "Ancestral File" data. The Ancesteral File was a computer file containing names and often other vital information (such as date and place of birth, marriage, or death) of millions of individuals who have lived throughout the world.

The IGI was the International Genealogical Index consisting of a major file of birth, christening and marriage records of deceased individuals. Some records have been carefully extracted and doublechecked from original records. Search the new FamilySearch IGI at More information is at

Q: What is the Pedigree Resource File? A: The Pedigree Resource File is a database of records that have been submitted by individuals through FamilySearch Internet Genealogy Service. This online index includes individual records with events, parent information, and submitter information. The compact disc version (discs 1-80) of the Pedigree Resource File contains more family information. This family information is organized in family groups and pedigrees and may include notes and sources. Discs may be purchased in sets which contain five discs and an index or volumes which contain 25 discs and an index. Each disc has about 1 million names. You can print many types of charts and reports and also export GEDCOM files from the database.
Q: How do I get my records on the Ancestral File on the computer? A: In the past, individuals have been able to submit their family history information to the Ancestral File by mailing it to the headquarters of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Salt Lake City. New information and corrections to existing information will no longer be accepted for the Ancestral File. Individuals are encouraged to now submit their family history information to the Pedigree Resource File, which is updated regularly online. All information previously submitted to the Ancestral File but not yet published is still on file. The intent is to publish this information at a future date to the extent possible.
Q: What is the Vital Records Index? This online database contains over 2 million birth, christening, and marriage records from selected localities in Mexico. The years for these events range between the late 1500's to 1905. Vital Records for North America, British Isles, Western Europe, and Middle America - Mexico regions are currently available on compact disc.
Q: Will someone in the LAFSL do research for me? A: The LAFSL does not have the people to personally do research for you. We gladly welcome your visit to our Center and many knowledgeable volunteers will be available to assist you. Review "Before You Visit Us" so you can get the most out of your Center time. For those desiring professional assistance, there is a list of professional genealogists at the information desk. Make sure you select an individual who has expertise in the region of the country or world you are interested in.
Q: Can you at least look up someone on the computer or in the census for me if I phone? A: Generally it is not possible to research every telephoned inquiry we receive.
Q: Do I have to come to the Los Angeles FamilySearch Library (LAFSL) to order microfilm and/or microfiche? A: No. Ordering microfilm and/or microfiche requires the patron to order it online from FamilySearch. See for more information.
Q: What records do you have in this library? A: Refer to Collections of the Los Angeles FamilySearch Library for a brief synopsis.
Q: Why can't I find my ancestor? A: Try reviewing the common errors everyone makes. Perhaps you need to be creative with alternate spellings.
Q: Do you have a MAC to use for PAF or Temple Ready? A: The LAFSL has no MAC computers, however, if you put a gedcom from your MAC onto an IBM formatted disk we can usually read it in TempleReady or PAF.
Q: How do I find information about the Family History Library (FHL) in Salt Lake City? A: Information about the Salt Lake FHL is found here.


The Los Angeles FamilySearch Library (LAFSL) is located West Los Angeles between Selby Avenue and Manning Avenue at 10741 Santa Monica Boulevard. Access to the LAFSL, the Los Angeles Temple, Visitor's Center and other buildings is via Eastborne (east side of the Los Angeles Temple) off of Manning Avenue. The LAFSL is located in the basement of the Visitor's center. Find LAFSL on a street map.


  • TRAVELODGE: 10740 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90025, a small motel-like building directly across the street from Temple Hill. Reservations 1-800-578-7878. More details about this location. See map.
  • HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS-CENTURY CITY: 10300 W. Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90064, just east of Beverly Glen, 310-553-1000.Located a few miles from the FHC, a new building with interesting architecture across the street from a large grocery store, and about 1/2 mile from upscale Century City Shopping Center & Marketplace with many theaters, outdoor food courts and main anchor department stores. See Map.
  • BEST WESTERN - ROYAL PALACE INN: 2528 S. Sepulveda Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90064, 310-477-9066 Toll Free Reservations 1-800-251-3888. See Best Western Site and put in the address for this inn at their search option to view photo, map, and detail of amenities at this location.


NOTE: While residing in the UCLA area, also visit the UCLA Map Library and the UCLA Law Library lower floor to find unusual sources of ancestral information in the easily understandable and accessible record books indexed state-by-state (some early Virginia records list much ancestry). Details of the cases listed are often at the archives of the state the case was filed in.

  • HILGARD HOUSE HOTEL: 927 Hilgard Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90024, 310-208-3945 or 800-826-3934. Limited rooms available at a good westside rate of $89. Beautiful Hilgard House is adjacent to UCLA in the heart of charming Westwood Village shopping area. See Hillgard Hotel site for photos, details, maps and directions.
  • CLAREMONT HOTEL, 1044 Tiverton Ave., Westwood Village area in West Los Angeles, 310-208-5957. Wonderful rate of $45 for this trendy and nice area.
  • RAMADA LIMITED: 1052 Tiverton Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90024, 310-208-6677,
  • HOTEL DEL CAPRI: 10587 Wilshire Boulevard (cross street: Westholme), Los Angeles, CA 90024, 310-474-3511. Ask for AAA rate.
  • BRENTWOOD HOLIDAY INN: 170 N. Church Lane, Los Angeles, CA 90049, (310) 476-6411
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Revised 1 October 2013 by Jon Schweitzer.
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