Finding Your Family Tree
Whether or not you're part of the Mormon faith, if you find yourself in Salt Lake City and you have any interest at all in finding your family roots, there are two spots you can check out. Both are free and simple to get started.
If you're not a Mormon and don't want to be pressured or preached to, rest easy as the atmosphere is no like that. The people there are passionate about genealogy and very willing to help you out regardless of your level of interest or of your background.
Family Search Center
The Family Search Center located in the Joseph Smith Memorial Building (the old Hotel Utah just east of the Temple) is a good place to start if you happen to be in the neighborhood. They have many computers that are tied to the genealogy database and helpful individuals to get you pointed in the right direction.
This center is not really well suited for in depth research and discovery, but if you're looking for a sampler to pique your interest or satisfy a curiousity, they'll be able to help you out.
Family History Library
Located due west of the Temple, the Family History Library is in reality the epicenter that I spoke about earlier. Genealogists of all levels of interest and of all religious or non-religious backgrounds come from around the globe to the Family History Library to research and pour through the records that are stored here.
Many of the workers here are volunteers and their sole interest and focus is to help people research and find their ancestors. This is not your typical library where it's taboo to speak anything above a whisper - feel free to ask questions as a lot of conversation, learning and discovery takes place here.
In a future post we'll go through the experience of finding your family ancestors and how simple it can be.