Family History Centres

Family History Centres are operated by the Church of the Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints ( LDS)who maintain the best free access family records in the world.

Many of the records are available online although some are still only available on microfilm.

The main records of the LDS are held at Salt Lake City in the USA but to help members of the church and non members carrying out family history research they have centres throughout the world where access can be gained to all of the records.

Contact needs to be made at least a month before your visit to ensure that the microfilm of the records you need will be at the centre when you call.

Do not call without prior contact as not only might the information you need not be at the centre but as the centres are staffed by volunteers on some occasions they are not able to open for the published hours.

These records can then be browsed on machines at the centre.

There are 75 centres spread throughout England although the East of England is poorly represented with only one in Essex but several are within short drives of the county.

The centres with easy access from Essex are listed below

Romford - Essex
64 Butts Green Road
Hornchurch, Essex
Hours: M 10am-4pm; T,W 10am-12pm, 7:30pm-9:30pm; Sat 10am-1pm

Cambridge -  Cambridgeshire
670 Cherry Hinton Road
Cambridge, Cambridgeshire
Phone: 01223247010
Hours: T, W 10am-9pm; Sat 9am-1pm

Gillingham - Kent
2 Twydall Lane
Gillingham, Kent
Phone: 01634388900
Hours: T, W 10am-1pm; 7pm-9pm

Ipswich- Suffolk
42 Sidegate Lane West
Ipswich, Suffolk
Phone: 01473723182
Hours: T,W,Th. 10:00-12:45, 13:30-16:30,