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How to find an image in the FamilySearch Catalog using the film number found in Historical Records
Instructions for Area Support


When patrons want to see the images associated with an index in Historical Records, they can, in many cases, use the film number or GSU (Genealogical Society of Utah) film number listed on the Record Detail Screen to locate films in the FamilySearch catalog. 



Symptoms (Problems)
  • Patron would like to see images associated with the index found in Historical Records.
  • Is there a source for obtaining the image?
  • What does the film number or digital GS film number listed in the record information refer to?
Answer (Resolution)

When a collection has no images, there may still be a way that you can view the image used for indexing the collection. Historical Records contains some collections that were indexed from microfilms held in the Family History Library in Salt Lake City. The original film images may be located and then ordered into a FamilySearch Center using the following instructions.


Check the details of a record to find the film number or GSU film number; the film number listed is the number of the microfilm held in the Family History Library Catalog. To find information about a microfilm:

  1. Go to 

  2. Click on Catalog.

  3. Under Search for, select Film Numbers. 

  4. Type in the microfilm or microfiche number that you want to find in the box.

  5. Click Search.

  6. Click on the title to view information about the film.

  7. Click on the Film Number to link to online film ordering: see Ordering Microfilm or Microfiche

Note:  Not all records found on Historical Records have a microfilm equivalent.



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