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20 April 2006 - Thursday

     Our plan for today was to visit the Mecca for all family historians - the world renowned Family History Library.  Not knowing what we would encounter  by going into the downtown of a large city like Salt lake we were relieved to find that driving was not difficult  and there is ample parking near the facility.

Tom & Fred at the Family History Library

     Upon our arrival we took the opportunity to view an orientation film.  Most of its content dealt with the basics of starting your own family genealogy and as such was not quite what we were looking for in the way of orientation to the collection itself. The library has copies of records from many governments, churches, and other organizations.  Most documents date from 1550 to 1930.  There are more than 2.4 million rolls of microfilmed records and more that 700,000 microfiche.  Books and periodicals at the Family History Library include biographies, family and local histories, indexes, and other research aids.  With the exception of a lunch break we spent almost seven hours becoming acclimated with the awesome collection of genealogical resources.  So many questions to be answered and so little time!  We had hoped to add some more information to our quest to answer the aforementioned Scruggs DNA mystery.  As such we spent several hours looking

at books and microfilm pertaining to land records in Virginia.  We were pleasantly surprised how smoothly our research was proceeding.  This was primarily due to the many volunteers available to provide assistance as well as the fact that there were more than enough computers and microfilm machines for everyone.  In addition, the library catalogue was easy to use and the numbering system simple to comprehend.    Fred spent over two hours of research on his paternal family by reviewing microfilm of tax assessments in Windsor Twp., York Co., Pennsylvania.  Tom also spent time looking into immigration records for his Paternal ancestors.

      Sometime after 4:00 pm we departed the library and returned to Pat & Sue’s home a driving time of less than 30 minutes.  We are indeed lucky to have relatives living so close to this outstanding resource.   Before dinner we spread our genealogy materials on the kitchen table in preparation of an evening of more swapping of information.  After dinner Tom downloaded all of the information we had collected thus far onto our host’s computer.  He also developed direct links for them to our online databases and website.  Soon we had completed another busy and productive day.


Tom introduces Sue & Pat to our

Family History Website

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