The "Family History Library" of the The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Salt Lake City, UT, USA - Report from my visit / p. 3  
     
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.
Conclusion: 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.
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