Our Library is an Affliated Library with familysearch.  What this means is that any item in the catalogue that has an icon that translates to being available for viewing, this can be done in our Library.

Some films can only be view at the the Family History Centre of the Church of Lattter-day Saints on Trower Road, Nightcliff NT 0810.

Familysearch is the largest family history organisation in the world, with records of 3 billion names. Online access includes scanned and indexed images of records, as well as extracted details. A substantial proportion of the material relates to the British Isles.

A section of the site called “FamilyTree” provides opportunities to organise and preserve your research. Users are encouraged to find and merge records about the same person and to work with others to fill in missing information and correct errors. There is a strong emphasis on providing sources for the data that you submit.

Background to Digital Records Access

Family Search is a globabl leader in historic records preservation.  Access to their records through microfilming began in 1938.  Advancements in technology have enabled it to be more efficient making an unbelievale tide of digital images of historic records accessible much quicker on line and to a far greater customer base;

FamiySearch has discontinued its microfilm circulation services, as its remaining microfilms are digitized, FamilySearch will continue to provide additional information to users of its historic microfilm program.


  • If researchers need access to a particular film yet to be digitized, they can express interest to have it added to the priority digitization list by contacting FamilySearch Support.
  • All of the microfilm rented by patrons in the past 5 years have now been digitized by FamilySearch (over 1.5 million microfilms (ca. 1.5 billion images).
  • The remaining microfilms are being digitally scanned at a rate of 1,000 films per day and are projected to be complete by 2020.
  • New digital images are available as they are scanned in the FamilySearch.org Catalog.
  • Films currently on loan in family history centers and affiliate libraries are automatically granted extended loan status.
  • Affiliate libraries (GSNT is one of these Libraries) now have access to nearly all of the restricted image collections as family history centers.


Digital image collections can be accessed in 3 places on FamilySearch.org, all under Search.

  • Catalog. Includes a description of all the microfilms and digital images in the FamilySearch collection. This is where all of FamilySearch's digitized microfilm and new digital images from its global camera operations are being published. A camera icon appears in the Catalog adjacent to a microfilm listing when it is available digitally.
  • Records includes collections that have been indexed by name or published with additional waypoints to help browse the unindexed images.
  • Books include digital copies of books from the Family History Library and other libraries, including many books that were previously copied to microfilm

Where Is the Catalog Found?

The FamilySearch Catalog is available on the Internet at the www.FamilySearch.org splash page under the Search tab. Previous versions of the catalog were released on compact disc and on microfiche, but those versions are significantly outdated, and do not list films acquired after the publication date on the disc or microfiche.

  • The FamilySearch Catalog has been made available via OCLC WorldCat [1] since 2014. OCLC WorldCat is an online union catalog of over 2 billion titles at 72,000 libraries in 172 countries and territories. Although it is the world’s largest bibliographic database for materials held around the world, OCLC WorldCat does not list sources housed in repositories outside their consortium.


[1] Jump up↑ Official website of OCLC WorldCat.