|I should have
taken more pictures, but didn't want so seem like
a silly tourist going through the building.
Besides, I had planned to do some research. At
least I made two snap shots of the first lower
level. It contains the "international"
section. In the picture on the bottom
left you can see the information
counter, which can also be seen on this floor plan in red. On the bottom
right you can see a number of PC
workstations (there are a total of 202), on the
left in the background the microfilm storage
area, and on the right the beginning of the
International section of the Library.
I want to emphasize the friendliness and
helpfulness of the staff there. Through them I
found several very useful sources of
information that were new to me, for example
the online edition of the Ravenstein Atlas. Besides
that one has direct access to the microfilm
archive and the large collection of genealogical
books, as well as many maps.
There were enough free PC workstations with
a (really) fast Internet connection. Several
American Online Services that normally charge
hefty fees can be used free of
charge at these terminals.
The Central Family History Library does
not provide the answers to all your genealogical
questions; but to see, what is made
available, free of charge, for anyone who is
interested, is indeed very impressive!
The English translation was kindly provided
by Baerbel K. Johnson, Family History Library,
Salt Lake City, on April 8, 2006.