The very first film in the Family History Library in Salt Lake City is film number 0,000,001. It contains the 420-page book entitled "Fay Genealogy" and is the history of the John Fay of Marlborough family, and was written by Orlin P. Fay.
We wonder if he ever imagined that his work would become the very first film in the Family History Library. Likewise, we may wonder if the work we are compiling might one day find its way into the films of the FHL.
Currently, the very last film in the FHL in Salt Lake City is film number 2,453,276. It contains the South Carolina state population census schedules of 1869. The very last record in this collection is the following page for the county of Clarendon.
However, this is not the last image on this film; appropriately enough, this image concludes the record.
Although this is the last film currently in the U.S./Canada archive located in the Family History Library, in actuality, it is not the final film in existence. There are many more films housed in the Granite Mountain Record Vault. For example, film 2,453,845 is the Inventory, appraisement, and reports, v. 14 (from p. 50) – 16 (to p. 406), 1915–1920.
As soon as a patron orders one of these films, it will be sent to the FHL and will then become the oldest film stored in that library in Salt Lake City.
Please note that both film number 000,000,001 and film number 2,453,276, or any of the more than 2 million films in between, can be:
- Viewed free of charge at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City
- Ordered for a nominal charge and sent to a Family History Center near you to be viewed for a period of 90 days (short term) to extended (no return date). Note that books cannot be ordered.
- Requested for a lookup by Rootsonomy Genealogy either by sending an email to Rootsonomy.com or by going to http://www.facebook.com/RootsonomyGenealogy. The first request is always free.