Welcome to Our Family History Center
About the Center
- The Surrey Family History Center was opened in 1996.
- Non-profit organization administered and funded by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
- Trained volunteers are available to answer questions and lend assistance.
They are not professional genealogists.
The Genealogical Society of Utah was founded in 1894 to gather records that help people trace their ancestry. The Family History Library was founded as a forerunner to the Family History Library. In 1938 the society began preserving records on microfilm. Today microfilm camera operators are filming birth, marriage, death, probate, immigration, military and many other records in many countries. Each year the library preserves and catalogs about 100 million new pages of historical documents (about 50,000 microfilms, 25,000 microfiche & 12,000 books.
Currently over 2 million rolls of microfilmed records (equal to more than 6 million written volumes) and approx. 700,000 microfiches are available on loan to Family Search Centers worldwide. Most of the records date from 1550 to 1920. The library has few records of living persons and does not have a record of everyone who has lived. In 1964 a system of Family Search Centers was established to give more people access to the Family History Library’s resources. More than 4,600 Family History Centers now operate in 64 countries and territories.
Patrons will be treated courteously & given as much help as the volunteer workers in the Family History Center are able to provide. Some assistants are qualified genealogists but this is not true of all of them. They have various levels of expertise in various areas of the world.