Family History Library 2019 Highlights and What’s Ahead for 2020 – FamilySearch February 19, 2020

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February 19, 2020  – by  Diane Sagers

The Family History Library in Salt Lake City is the largest library of its kind, attracting visitors from all over the world who want to learn about their ancestors.

The library was a hub of activity during 2019, and 2020 will be no different. Below, we look back on major events and achievements of 2019 and take a look at what is ahead for the library in 2020.

Library Activities

125th Anniversary of the Family History Library


2020: The 125th anniversary celebration will continue through 2020, with the library offering a wide range of activities to remember the past and honor those who made today’s library possible.


2019: DNA Day at the Family History Library was on April 25, World DNA Day. Participants learned about using DNA for family history research, got answers to their DNA questions at the Open Lab, and participated in activities at the library. Recorded webinars and handouts are available free online.

2020: Be on the lookout for DNA Day in 2020, when the library will again offer activities and classes.

Block Party


2020: Enjoy fun family activities at the sixth annual block party on June 13, 2020.



2020:  Gather at the library for free activities during the 2020 holidays.

Cultural Activities

Chinese Workshop


2019:  On May 10, 1869, a ceremonial Golden Spike was driven at Promontory Point, Utah, signifying the completion of the first Transcontinental Railroad. In conjunction with the sesquicentennial celebration, the Family History Library held a Chinese Research Day honoring thousands of Chinese immigrants who sacrificed and labored to make the railroad a reality.

Day of the Dead


2020 Cultural Celebrations: The library will feature displays, photo opportunities, and commemorative activities each month. These displays and activities will celebrate different themes based on the month.

For example, in February, the library will celebrate both the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower landing and African American history. From February 15 to 26, a replica of the Mayflower will be on display on the main floor of the library; then it will be moved to the Expo Hall on February 26 during RootsTech.

For information about other cultural celebrations, follow the Family History Library Facebook page.

Expanding Collections


2020: As book processing continues, collections will be shifted to make room to shelve the new books. The library will likely purchase and process as many books this year as last.

Research Assistance

2019: The Family History Library providedweekly classes and webinars on researching records from the United States, Europe, Latin America, Asia, and other major regions. Recordings of past webinars and accompanying handouts are available online and are listed by topic or instructor.

2020: Upcoming webinars for 2020 include a variety of topics, everything from researching specific country records to reading old handwriting to Family Tree instruction.



2020: The project will expand to more floors, and phase two will begin in 2020.

New Library Hours

2019: The library expanded its hours to better meet patrons’ schedules by staying open Monday through Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. The main floor, which includes the discovery experiences, is now open on Sunday from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m.



2019: Family History Library volunteers worked diligently in the background to make RootsTech 2019 a success, and experts from the Family History Library were among the presenters.  Webinar sessions are available online from last year.

2020: During RootsTech 2020, employees and volunteers will again share their expertise in the Salt Palace and at the Family History Library. The library’s chief genealogical officers will host special VIP events for RootsTech 2020 in February.

Library Genealogical Team

2019: The FamilySearch Chief Genealogical Office, in conjunction with the BYU Family History program, has instituted a new credit-based family history internship program for family history students from BYU and affiliated universities.

2020: Internships will continue throughout the year. As part of the experience, interns will receive guided support for accreditation with the International Commission for the Accreditation of Professional Genealogists (ICAPGen) or certification with the Board for Certification of Genealogists (BCG).

This year, the library will also welcome more half-time genealogical officers. These new team members will help provide more focus on specific areas of the world, such as Latin America and Asia.

For continued updates on Family History Library events and other announcements, be sure to follow the Family History Library Facebook page.


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