Genealogical Publishing Company has created a series of “Genealogy at a Glance” research guides. Each publication focuses on a subject and narrows the available information to essential elements that address a particular topic.
The “Genealogy at a Glance: Family History Library Research” guide by Carolyn L. Barkley provides:
Quick facts: Includes information about types of books, periodicals, microfilm and electronic databases in the facility.
Background: Provides a history of the Family History Library and the Granite Mountain Records Vault, which houses the microfilm masters of more than 3 million records worldwide.
Preparing for a research trip: First, define several research objectives and view available records at home and online or at local and state libraries and archives. Local FamilySearch Centers can be located by going to https://familysearch.org/locations. Familiarize yourself with the facility by learning the hours of operation, parking availability and the floor plan of the building.
Collections: The four broad categories are State and County U.S. Resources; National and Regional U.S. Resources; International Resources; and Family History Books. The guide also provides information about local events, shopping, dining and sightseeing opportunities.