The Family History Library (FHL) is a genealogical research facility in downtown Salt Lake City. The library is open to the public free of charge and is operated by FamilySearch, the genealogical arm of the The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church).The origins of the Family History Library can be traced to the founding of the Genealogical Society of Utah in 1894. The Society's first library was located in the office of the Church Historian at 58 East South Temple in Salt Lake City. In 1938 the Genealogical Society of Utah began to microfilm records which contained genealogical data from around the world, and today this microfilm makes up much of the library's collection.
The library was later moved to the Church Office Building when it opened in 1971, and remained there until it moved to its current location. The current library building, just west of Temple Square was opened on October 23, 1985, and cost $8.2 million. Today the Genealogical Society of Utah is more commonly known as FamilySearch, and is currently working on digitizing many of its microfilm collections to be shared online.
On April 15, 1999, 70-year old Sergei Babarin, entered the Library's lobby and began shooting. A security guard and one female patron were killed while several others injured. One hour and 45 minutes after the shooting began, Salt Lake police shot and fatally wounded Babarin in an exchange of gunfire. Babarin's family indicated he had a history of schizophrenia, a claim not corroborated by the Valley Community Mental Health Clinic.