Salt Lake City, Utah

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This is the Right Place

 Salt Lake City

History and Tidbits

Salt Lake City was founded on July 24, 1847, by a group of Mormon pioneers. (Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.)The pioneers, led by Brigham Young, were the first non-Indians to settle permanently in the Salt Lake Valley. The founding group numbered 148, consisting of 143 men, three women, and two children.

The Mormons came to the valley in search of a region where they could practice their religion, free from hostile mobs and persecution. When Brigham Young first saw the valley he said, "This is the right place."

On the very day of arrival the pioneers began tilling the soil and planting crops. Within a few days plans were drawn for Great Salt Lake City, named after the salty inland lake which dominated the desert to the west. Out from the center of the city, now Temple Square, blocks were arranged on a grid pattern in 10-acre squares, separated by streets 132 feet wide -- "wide enough for a team of four oxen and a covered wagon to turn around."

Neighboring Communities

Family History Resources

Histories, Biographies, and Genealogies

The History of Salt Lake City and its Founders,  By Edward William Tullidge 1886

Community Web Sites

Salt Lake City Government web site

Utah State Archives  Many Birth, Death, Divorce, Mining, Criminal, Citizenship, Court, Naturalization, and Probate Recods available online.

Historical and Genealogical Societies


The Salt Lake City Cemetery is located at 200 "N" Street.


The Family History Library is located in Salt Lake County and is the largest repository of family history records in the world.

The Salt Lake County Library system offers free access to and Heritage Quest.

Family History Library

The Family History Library is located in downtown Salt Lake City at 35 North West Temple Street. The collection includes over 2.4 million rolls of microfilmed genealogical records; 742,000 microfiche; 310,000 books, serials, and other formats; 4,500 periodicals; 700 electronic resources.  The Ancestral File database contains more than 36 million names that are linked into families. The International Genealogical Index database contains approximately 600 million names of deceased individuals. An addendum to the International Genealogical Index contains an additional 125 million names. The Pedigree Resource File database contains over 80 million names that are linked into families. Family history centers are branches of the Family History Library. Over 4,000 family history centers operate in more than 88 countries. Click here to locate the nearest family history center, or call 866-406-1830 in the United States and Canada.

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