This is the Right Place
Salt Lake City
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."
Family History Resources
Histories, Biographies, and Genealogies
The History of Salt Lake City and its Founders, By Edward William Tullidge 1886
Salt Lake City Government web site
Historical and Genealogical Societies
The Salt Lake City Cemetery is located at 200 "N" Street. BillionGraves has some photos of headstones, with transcriptions, on their site. There are other locations online with transcriptions of headstones from this large cemetery, which has tens of thousands of burials, and may be in fact the largest in the state. Because of the fact that the cemetery has been in existence from the early days of Salt Lake City's existence, many prominent figures from throughout the city's history are buried there, and the cemetery office offers a map showing where some of these people are buried at there.
- 1869 - Sloan, Edward Lennox. The Salt Lake City Directory and Business Guide, for 1869. Salt Lake City, Utah: E.L. Sloan, 1869. Digital version at Internet Archive - free.
- 1879-1880 - Culmer, H.L.A. et al. Utah Directory and Gazetteer for 1879-80: Containing the Name and Occupation of Every Resident in the Towns and Cities of Salt Lake, Utah, Weber and Davis Counties: and a Very Complete List of the Merchants, Manufacturers, Professional Men and Officials: Together with Full Gazetteer Information. Salt Lake City, Utah: Printed for H.L.A. Culmer & Co. by J.C. Graham & Co., 1879. Digital version at Internet Archive - free.
- 1883-1884 - Graham, J.C. et al. The Utah Directory, for 1883-84: Containing the Name and Occupation of Every Resident in Salt Lake City: And a Complete Business Directory of Every City and Town in Utah: Together with a Compendium of General Information. Salt Lake City, Utah: J.C. Graham & Co., 1883. Digital version at Internet Archive - free.
- 1884 - Utah Gazetteer and Directory (of Logan, Provo, Ogden, and Salt Lake City). Salt Lake City, Utah: R.L. Polk, 1884. Digital version at Internet Archive - free.
- 1885 - Salt Lake City Directory, For the Year Commencing Aug. 1, 1885: Embracing an Accurate Index of Residence and a Business Directory. Also a Guide to Streets, Public Officers, Etc., Together with the Officers of the Municipal and Territorial Government and of ... New York, San Francisco: U.S. Directory Publishing Co. of California, 1885. Digital version at Internet Archive - free.
- 1892-1893 - Utah Gazetteer 1892-93, Containing a Complete Index to Residents and Business Firms of Salt Lake City, Resources of Utah and Reliable Business Directory of the Territory. Salt Lake City, Utah: Stenhouse & Co., 1892. Digital version at Internet Archive - free.
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 City Library system offers free access to Heritage Quest Online