Before we wave farewell to February and the flurry of travel to and from Salt Lake City for RootsTech, the Federation of Genealogical Societies Conference, the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy, the Association of Professional Genealogists Professional Management Conference, and various other personal and/or sponsored research trips to Salt Lake City, I have to mention just few more highlights that can’t be overlooked.
It didn’t happen in the Salt Palace Convention Center or in the classrooms at SLIG. It wasn’t part of a gaggle of genealogists gathered for dinner or lunch.
Salt Lake City is the Genealogist’s Disneyland because it is home to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints Family History Library, otherwise known as The FHL, a deep and rich resource of worldwide family history information open to anyone from anywhere in the world. Yes, open, free of charge, to researchers who are not church members, yet are encouraged and assisted by LDS volunteers and staff at this world-class facility.
Main door of the Family History Library reflecting a view of Temple Square across the street.
Each time I walked through the doors of the FHL I was greeted by friendly smiles and welcoming voices. And the thousands of genealogists visiting during January and February were greeted the same way. Unlike some libraries, museums, and other research facilities, there are no donation boxes, admission fees, or user forms to complete. The operating hours are expansive and the library is clean, well-lit, and well staffed.
The Family History Library truly is a special place.
- Thank you, FHL volunteers and staff for the many wonderful hours I was able to spend browsing in the stacks, at the film readers, and working at the library tables during the conference and institute weeks this winter.
- Thank you, young assistants in the ScanPro line worked so earnestly to make sure my scanned film was “picture perfect.”
- And, Thank You, LDS Church for your all-inclusive policy to open the Family History Library doors to all.
It can’t be easy to be a gracious host to over 22,000 visitors in one February week, or hundreds of avid researchers during an intensive institute, but the FHL does it well. Thank you.
I agree. The staff is friendly and knowledgeable and the resources are vast.
Family Curator says
Thank YOU, Torri, and the many FHL volunteers and staff who make the Library such a useful resource and pleasant place to research our ancestors.
Denise, How very kind of you. I am one of the many volunteers at the Family History Library and it is a joy to help people find out things about their families. We love all of you who come and feel a kinship with you because we also enjoy the "treasure hunt" of finding out more about our ancestors. Thanks for graciously giving appreciation for your experience. Come again!
Jana Last says
I want to let you know that your blog post is listed in today's Fab Finds post at http://janasgenealogyandfamilyhistory.blogspot.com/2015/03/follow-friday-fab-finds-for-march-6-2015.html
Have a great weekend!
Shelley Bishop says
Hear, hear, Denise! I've also found the staff and volunteers at the Family History Library friendly, helpful, and generous, no matter how busy the library is. They truly deserve our heartfelt thanks.
Cheri Hudson Passey says
They are wonderful aren't they! As I spent the day in the library on Monday, Feb. 16th after the conference was over, I watched and listened several times as the wonderful volunteers answered patron's questions and patiently helped them with books, microfilm and machines that were not always working correctly (sometimes due to the patrons misunderstanding of the instructions). I echo your thanks to the volunteers and the FHL library!
Jana Last says
Wonderful post Denise! Thank you!
Denise Levenick says
:>), Peggy. Those volunteers at the FHL deserve the thanks!
Peggy Lauritzen says
Denise, how kind of you! Blogposts such as this are not always written, and it shows what a grateful heart you have. Thank you for taking the time to write it.