Whether you’ve been to the LDS Family History Library in Utah before -- or whether it would be your first trip – it’s beneficial to take the time to focus on how to make the most of the research excursion. At the February 27, 2010 AAGS general meeting, Deborah Abbott gave a thorough overview of planning techniques, resources to consult prior to taking the trip, and do’s & don’ts of worthwhile researching.
For those who may not have visited Salt Lake City’s premier repository of records in a while, a few things may have changed. Building layout: Level 1 - family history books & computer lab; Level 2 - US/Canada censuses & microfilms; Level 3 - US/Canada books & maps; Level B1 - International Collection; Level B2 - British Collection.
Deborah highlighted library practices (for example, users re-filing material and the card system to pay for copies); available equipment (such as a central printer); available records (e.g. there are two different 1880 censuses--one which can only be obtained at SLC); and local attractions (places to go, things to do). She also provided a detailed demonstration for using FamilySearch databases.
Presentation points included: