Microfilm Ordering

FamilySearch’s Microfilm Ordering service is your gateway to a vast collection of genealogical and historical records. The service allows you to reserve and loan films to family history centers and affiliate libraries. The loan is free, but there is a small shipping and handling charge for each film.


  1. Sign in to FamilySearch.org with the link in the top right corner. If you do not have an account, clicking the Sign In link will prompt you to Register.
  2. Locate the microfilm number(s) you want to order from the Family History Library Catalog located on FamilySearch.org.
    Note: Before ordering any film, check to make sure the Family History Library Catalog does not have a digital copy online.
  3. Select your loan type, enter the microfilm number, and click Search. Repeat this step for additional items.
  4. When you are ready to submit your loan order, click the shopping cart in the upper right portion of the screen. You will then have a chance to review and confirm your order. After you submit your order, all films will be delivered to your designated family history center.

Loan Types

  • Short-term (microfilm only)
    Short-term microfilm loans have a 90-day duration, beginning when the order ships.
  • Extended (microfilm & microfiche)
    Extended microfilm and microfiche loans do not have a defined return date.
  • Renewals (microfilm only)
    Short-term renewals will have an additional 60-day duration. Short-term renewals do not automatically convert to extended loan renewals. Extended renewals do not have a defined return date.