Thursday, March 6, 2014

Family History Library’s photoduplication service

Did you know that the Family History Library (FHL) has a FREE photoduplication service?  They will look up a document from microfilm for you and email you an image.  This is a GREAT service!  You must know the exact microfilm and the details needed to find that document quickly.  The volunteers doing this will not do any research at all. 

  • Limit of 5 lookups per month.  They have to restrict the number because of how many requests they get.  You can put all 5 on a single request.
  • You must have exact information, microfilm number, name and date of event.
  • Please check to make sure that the microfilm/record you need isn’t already available on FamilySearch (FS) as a free image.  FS releases new databases with image files all the time.

Here is an example of an appropriate request (and this is one that I just got back):

Microfilm #1463133
Marriage record of William Grantham and Louisa Watts 1861
Volume 1, page 397

I was able to get the actual volume/page from an index.  If I had had the exact marriage date I could have gotten away with not having the volume/page. 

Photoduplication Request Form


Copyright © 2014 Michele Simmons Lewis


  1. Great way to save money. Be prepared to wait 2 months, they are really backed up.