Inside Sources: National Genealogical Organizations

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When you’re ready to broaden your genealogical research horizons, look to these national research destinations and organizations:

Family History Library

35 N. West Temple St., Salt Lake City, UT 84150, (800) 346-6044, <>: In addition to the main library in Salt Lake City — containing the world’s largest collection of genealogical materials — the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints operates “satellite” libraries called Family History Centers throughout the country. Check the Web site for a branch in your area.

Federation of Genealogical Societies

Box 200940, Austin, TX 78720, (888) 347-1500, <>: This umbrella organization provides support to local family history groups. Member societies also get subscriptions to the FGS Forum magazine and discounts on genealogical publications and services.

Library of Congress

101 Independence Ave. SE, Washington, DC 20540, (202) 707-5000, <>: Among the miles of materials in “America’s Library,” you’ll find books, maps, photos and other resources to help you trace your ancestors and put their lives in historical context. Don’t miss the digitized historical treasures on the library’s American Memory Web site <>.

National Archives and Records Administration

700 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20408, (866) 272-6272, <>: This federal agency serves as the steward of America’s historical documents — including genealogically important federal paperwork such as census, immigration, land and military records. (See page 64 for a list of regional facilities.)

National Genealogical Society

3108 Columbia Pike, Suite 300, Arlington, VA 22204, (800) 473-0060, <>: Founded in 1903, the National Genealogical Society focuses on educating family historians through its array of publications, classes, conferences and research standards.
From the September 2005 Family Tree Sourcebook