Free Copying Service from FamilySearch

Ever wanted a copy of a page from a FH book or an image off a microfilm, didn’t want to go all the way to the FH Library in Salt Lake or even order the microfilm into your local FH Centre (Red Deer, Olds and Rocky Mountain House)?

There is a solution – and now it’s free!  The policy changed Feb 2013 and moved to using email from regular mail.

Furthermore you can use Google Books if you wish!

An article was posted to the FamilySearch Blog (go to, then scroll to the very bottom of the page and look for the link to the Blog) on 4 Nov 2013 “ Use Google Books to Get Free Copies of Pages of Family History Library Books,”  by Nathan Murphy   The article takes you step by step through the process of using Google Books – but you don’t have to use Google Books to request free copies . . . . .

The change in policy (it used to cost a minimum of $10 to use Photoduplication) by made on 4 Feb 2013 – details are in a blog article by Merrill White   Here is the article:

“Please note the following change in the policy for patrons who are requesting copies from the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.

All requests for information copied from films, book pages, CDs, marriage, death or birth certificates, wills and/or deeds, etc. will be copied in digital format and emailed to patrons in a zipped PDF or JPG file format. There is no charge for this service if we are able to email to information to patrons.

If a patron does not have an email address, we can mail the information to the patron using the US Postal Service.  However, as much as possible, we will rely on emailing all requests for information through the internet. If patrons do not own a computer or do not have an email address, they can request to have the information emailed to their local Family History Center, where they can print the information at the center.

Patrons should request copies by submitting their request here: Photoduplication Request Form.  All requests MUST include the following information:

  • Film or Fiche number
  • Item number
  • Name of Individual(s) referred to in the record
  • Title of the record
  • Name of parents, spouse, grantor, grantee, etc.
  • Event type (Birth, Death or Marriage)
  • Complete event date and place
  • Event place (county, parish, township, etc.)
  • Volume or page number
  • Registration or Certificate Number
  • Any other information that will help us locate your record.”

Thanks to Dick Eastman for bringing this to my attention 

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