Worldwide Research & Record Retrieval

About atFHL

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Who is atFHL?

What is the FHRN?

What is the FHL?

atFHL is a large team of professional genealogists whose main work location is inside the world famous Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Our mission is to provide you with the record you need in order to learn about your ancestors at the lowest price possible. We accomplish this mission in two ways:

1. FHL. The atFHL team of professional genealogists is physically located inside the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah. Over 75% of the records that FamilySearch holds have not yet been digitized and it may be years before they are fully digitized. These records cannot be viewed online, but are only accessible when physically located within the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah. We access these records, scan them, and send them to you.

2. Price. The business model for most firms is to make as much money as possible and the profit margins are simply too small for them to only do lookups or research.

3. FHRN. atFHL has spent 9 years creating the world’s largest family history research network of professional genealogists. The Family History Research Network (FHRN) consists of over 3,000 professional genealogists located around the world who have agreed to work collaboratively with atFHL. These genealogists are recognized experts in their fields. Because of their physical location, experience, and expertise, they are able to access the records that can only be found by being “boots on the ground” in the world’s numerous archives and repositories. 


What is the FHL?

What is the FHRN?

What is the FHL?

The FHL is the Family History Library located in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA.  It is the world’s largest genealogical repository with almost 150,000 square feet spread out over five floors. It is owned and operated by FamilySearch. 

The records at the FHL include:

  • Birth, marriage, death
  • Church, synagogue
  • Cemetery
  • Census (state, federal, national)
  • City directories
  • Family histories, genealogies
  • Immigration 
  • Military
  • Naturalization
  • Newspapers
  • Obituaries
  • Probate, land, court
  • Town, county, city, family

A quick check of the FamilySearch Catalog shows just under 1.5 million family history record collections that are only available onsite at the FHL. 


What is the FHRN?

What is the FHRN?

What is the FHRN?

The FHRN is our in-house proprietary network of family history researchers that we have been creating since 2012.  

The FHRN consists of over 3,000 trusted professional genealogists located throughout the world who have agreed to work with atFHL to provide expertise and experience in order to access the world's numerous archives and repositories.  

Our experts are our "boots on the ground" and ensure that we leave no stone unturned when it comes to finding your ancestors.

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What is a Lookup? How do Lookups Differ from Research?

What is a Lookup? How do Lookups Differ from Research?

What is a Lookup? How do Lookups Differ from Research?

atFHL specializes in providing lookups and research from the world-famous Family History Library.

Lookup: A request to retrieve a record where you know the location and information of a singular event. The film number, event information, and persons involved are known.Usually involves 1 to 5 pages to be scanned or downloaded. The record does not need to be ordered (purchased)..

Research: A request where there is not enough information to immediately locate the desired document(s). This type of request also applies when you wish to have more than 5 pages of documents scanned from films, images, books, etc.


Why Choose atFHL?

What is a Lookup? How do Lookups Differ from Research?

What is a Lookup? How do Lookups Differ from Research?

1: Knowledge of Available Records 

atFHL knows what records are available and where they are located.

2: On-Site Genealogists

Because we are located inside the world-famous Family History Library, we are able to access its vast resources.  Because we have over 3,000 professional genealogists in our network, we are able to access the world's numerous archives and repositories.

3: Customized Research

We customize the amount of research according to your needs. We don't sell packages.  Instead, we sell only what is needed to meet your specific goals at the most affordable price anywhere.

4: Collaborative Pocess

Our genealogists work together to bring you the expertise you need in the location you need.


5: Quality Deliverables 

Work is reviewed by Quality Control before being sent, ensuring the highest quality.

Why Hire a Professional Firm?

The decision to hire a professional genealogist need not be difficult. Typically, you will benefit most from hiring a professional if you encounter one or more of the following situations:


  • Obtain records from any state or country  thanks to network of 3,000 genealogists
  • Build Family Trees from scratch 
  • Convert paper trees to electronic format
  • Strengthen, and extend Family Trees
  • Find descendants of individuals for legal matters, such as estates
  • Use DNA test results to find relatives
  • Break through brick walls
  • Solve family mysteries
  • Join ancestral membership organizations
  • Translate documents
  • Find biological family members for adopted family members 

We customize our research services to fit your specific needs. If you lack time, knowledge, tools, expertise, or access to records, you will benefit from engaging the services of our professional genealogists.

atFHL Team Leads

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Jim created and managed the family history research firm for several years.  He has over 30 years experience performing research and record retrieval at the Family History Library and at numerous other archives worldwide.

A professional genealogist since 2012, Jim has helped thousands of clients worldwide connect with their ancestors by providing countless hours of research and untold numbers of lookups. 

Jim has traveled extensively, lived abroad, is fluent in French, and is very familiar with the challenges of locating records.

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James recently completed his bachelor's degree in Interdisciplinary Studies with emphases in Family History, Entrepreneurship, and History at BYU-Idaho. 

Since 2012, James has been providing people world over with records from the vast collections held at the FHL. He worked for FamilySearch in the Family History Library for 2 years.

Currently James is working on his professional accreditation by the International Commission for the Accreditation of Professional Genealogists, ICAPGen℠

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After writing Stella Castellucci's biography "Diving Deep for Sea Shells," Edgar developed an interest in researching his own family that led him to become a professional genealogist.

Born in Mexico and raised in Chicago, Illinois, Edgar's ancestors hail from Spain, Poland, Croatia, and Germany. He has a Genealogical Research Certificate from Boston University and dedicates himself to the field.

A writer, researcher, and archivist, Edgar is currently working toward BCG Certification. He loves helping others uncover their family history and roots. 

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Jo has over 25 years of experience performing research and record retrieval at the Family History Library before joining atFHL.

Jo is a current member of the National Genealogical Society (NGS); past member of the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG) and Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS), and three genealogical societies (UGA, GSNJ, and SBCGS).

Jo has over 30 years of Law Enforcement experience, retiring as a Detective Sergeant.

Our Researchers


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Your specific project's research and record retrieval will be performed by one or more of our professional genealogists. Which specific ones depend on the skills, experience, and qualifications required to meet your project’s objectives. 

We are the same researchers ones who do projects for the expensive firms. The only difference is that we do not charge as much because we do not have their excessive overhead costs, such as advertising.. 

We are members of professional organizations and societies. Many are Accredited Genealogists (AG) or Certified Genealogists (CG). Most of us have FamilySearch certifications or university degrees in Family History. 



Many of the atFHL researchers are accredited or certified genealogists.  Many, including our President, are members of the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG).  We are members of several organizations, including National Genealogical Society (NGS), Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS), and numerous genealogical societies 

These organizations strive to support, guide, and protect all aspects of genealogy as a profession and promote the highest standards of ethics and professionalism among members.  



Are you an experienced genealogist who enjoys the challenge of family history research?  Do you know how to find records that others can't?  

Would you like to perform research and record retrieval for thousands of clients worldwide? Do you have extensive experience and training providing lookups and research?

If so, we would love to hear from you.  Email us at