Updated Information: I’m doing genealogy research and need a roll of microfilm that Dallas doesn’t own.

If the record has been placed on microform by the Family History Library (FHL) in Salt Lake City, Utah, it is generally available to Dallas Public Library (DPL) customers in the Central Library’s Genealogy Division for a small rental fee. Effectively, this can open up your genealogical research to 2.4 million rolls of microfilm and over 725,000 microfiche records containing information from the United States, Canada, the British Isles, Europe, Latin America, and Africa

The FHL is the largest genealogical library in the world. Founded to gather genealogical records and assist members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS) with their family history, the library is open to the general public and makes their microform collections available to Family History Centers around the world. DPL is a part of this Family History Center rental program, allowing our customers to order film or fiche. The catalog of the Family History Library (FHL) is available on the internet at www.familysearch.org. Books cannot be borrowed from the Family History Library.

Ordering microfilm or fiche to be sent to the Dallas Public Library is a simple process. Go online to www.familysearch.org/films and set up your account. Choose Dallas Public Library as your “Family History Center.” Once the account is set up, microfilm and microfiche may be ordered and paid for on this website with Visa, MasterCard or PayPal. A roll of film may be ordered for a 90-day short term loan for $5.50 or an extended loan for $16.50. Extended loans may remain in the Genealogy Section indefinitely.

Microfiche is available at 15 cents per sheet. All sheets in a collection under a single number must be ordered. Microfiche does not have to be returned to Salt Lake City and immediately becomes the property of the Genealogy Section when the patron is finished using it for research.

FamilySearch will notify you by e-mail when your order ships and when it is received in the Genealogy section for your use.

Material on extended loan enhances our collection of Genealogical materials. Individual patrons have added over 300 rolls of microfilm since the start of this program. The Dallas Genealogical Society has added well over 600 rolls of microfilm and an impressive collection of microfiche for the United States.

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