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Brownwood Local History and Genealogical Library Announces Designation as Family Search Affiliate Library

Monday, 19 November 2012

Brownwood Texas Genealogical Library announces that it is the newest FamilySearch affiliate library. The new designation means library patrons will have greater and more convenient access to the wealth of genealogical resources available through FamilySearch.

FamilySearch is the world's largest repository of genealogical records and manages the famous Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah. It has amassed billions of birth, marriage, death, census, land, and court records of genealogical significance from over 130 countries.

Family Search is extending access to its collections by circulating microfilms of the historical records through select public libraries, which now includes the Brownwood Texas Genealogical Library. It is a priceless resource for local residents interested in discovering their family tree.

"Less than 5% of the world's genealogical records are available online, and most family history researchers cannot afford to travel to an archive nationally or worldwide to find the historic records they are seeking," said Paul Nauta, FamilySearch public affairs manager. "If Family Search has filmed the records they need, then as far as they will need to travel to view them is the Brownwood Texas Genealogy Library."

Family Search has over 200 camera teams filming historic records in 45 countries on any given day. These records are then circulated to public patrons through FamilySearch centers worldwide, like the Brownwood Texas Genealogy Library. For Example, FamilySearch has filmed over 60% of the Civil Registration, (birth, marriage, and death records) of Italy. If you have Italian ancestry, chances are you will be able to extend your Italian research by conveniently using the Family Search films through the Brownwood Texas Genealogy Library.

There is a nominal fee of $7.50 to order a microfilm. Once the film arrives, patrons use the microfilm readers at the Brownwood Texas Genealogy Library to peruse it. The library staff can help patrons see what films are available, place film orders, and answer research questions. Patrons can also search the Family History Library Catalog online at to see what records FamilySearch has available to order through the library.

FamilySearch International is the largest genealogy organization in the world. Millions of people use FamilySearch records, resources, and services to learn more about their family history. To help in this great pursuit, FamilySearch has been actively gathering, preserving, and sharing genealogical records worldwide for over 100 years. FamilySearch services and resources free online at or through over 4600 family history centers in 70 countries, including the renowned Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.

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