Pierre FamilySearch Center News

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Hours of operation:

Tuesday Afternoon - By Appointment, email FHC Director below
Wednesday - 3:30-7:30pm --call before you come in inclement weather, we may not open
Saturday - Saturday with class only, 9-12pm
Closed Holidays

The Family History Library in Salt Lake City is the main repository of all the genealogical information the Church has collected. But you don't have to trek all the way to Utah to use the resources of this library. More than 4700 branches of the main library, known as Family History Centers, are located throughout the world to help people search for the records of their ancestors. These records include vital, census, land, probate, immigration, and church records, as well as many other records of genealogical value.

Visitors to the Family History Center may use family history computer programs and databases developed by the Church, search the Center's book and microfilm collection, or order microfilms and fiche from the Family History Library's collection to use in the Center.

Family History Centers also have free access to some online subscription databases. Among these are:

  • 19th Century British Newspapers
  • Access Newspaper Archives
  • Alexander Street Press (American Civil War Collections
  • American Ancestors
  • Ancestry.com Library Edition
  • ArkivDigital Online
  • FindMyPast
  • Fold3.com
  • Geneanet
  • Kinpoint Premium
  • MyHeritage Library Edition
  • Paper Trail, A Guide to Overland Pioneer Names and Documents
  • ProQuest Obituaries

The use of the Family History Center is free, and everyone is welcome. The only items that have a cost connected to them are computer printouts or copies. Microfilm is no longer available to order from the Family History Library in Salt Lake City. The films and fiche which are now in the Center will stay and be available. See a listing of the Center's holdings here.

We ask that you sign in on the patron sheet; this lets us know who is interested in classes and also how many are using the FHC.

Church and community volunteers are on hand to answer questions and lend assistance. We can not do actual research for you, but we will help you organize information so you can start your own research, make suggestions and assist you in getting started. Our goal is to teach individuals how to use computers and other resources to help identify their ancestors and link them together in families.

The FHC is not a lending library, but a reference library. The film, fiche, and other reference materials must stay in the Center so they are available to whoever needs to search them.



Go to Pierre/Ft. Pierre Genealogical Society Website

Go to South Dakota Genealogical Society Website