Salt Lake City was founded by Mormons. And though this religion often falls prey to urban legends and spooky rumors, the fact is that the Church of Jesus Christ-of Latter-day Saints offers innumerable benefits to Salt Lake city’s visitors and residents – regardless of faith. In fact, it is because of the Mormons that the city even exists at all. Beyond that, the religion is attributed with the city’s peaceful nature and its many cultural resources – shared by Mormons and non-Mormons alike.
One such institution is the Family History Library, the largest collection of genealogical information in the world. Family is of the utmost importance in the Mormon faith, and this enormous library reflects that. Here the records of more than one billion persons have been collected in by way of marriage, birth, death, land, probate, and military records. You can search them in books, on microfiche, and even online. Research by location – whether it be Africa or Utah – or even in preexisting trees. If you successfully compile your own family’s tree, you can submit it to the Family History Library for the future use of others.
The Family History Library offers 10-minute orientation sessions, research assistants, free library tours (for groups), and classes. There is no admission, and the library is open Monday through Saturday (excepting major holidays).