Request FamilySearch Microfilm

Darien Library is an affiliate library with FamilySearch, allowing access to billions of microfilmed birth, marriage, death, census, land, and court records from over 130 countries.

Microfilmed records are ordered for loan directly from the FamilySearch archives in Salt Lake City, UT, at a cost of $7.50 per reel.

How to request microfilm:
  1. You will first need to create a free account at and sign in.
  2. Visit the FamilySearch Catalog to find the microfilm you would like to view. Make sure the microfilm has not been digitized and is already available online. 
  3. Follow the steps to order your film online. Pay for the requested items using a credit card, debit card or PayPal account. (The first time you order, you’ll be prompted to select your default family history center—select Darien Library.)
  4. You will receive an email when the film is delivered to Darien Library.
  5. Film will be held at the Library for three months, allowing you to view it at your convenience (ask for your film at the Reference Desk on the second level).

To learn more, contact the Knowledge and Learning Services Department (203-669-5229). 


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image courtesy of magikalgraphics

So. Funny things are happening in your house and you're not sure what's causing them. You hear tapping or knocking on the walls. The doorbell rings with no one on the doorstep. The television goes on and off all by itself. You feel a cold spot in the room but there isn't a draft or an open window nearby. Books are thrown off your shelves. You have a feeling that someone  is sitting on your couch. Worst of all, cards spontaneously leap out of the card catalog at your library! 

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photo courtesy of Flickr user thedamian

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