We spent most of yesterday afternoon at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, while I attempted to find some information on my grandparents.
Operated by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, the library is a vast storehouse of information on people from all over the world. Here you can find birth, death, and marriage records, census records, military and cemetery records, and so much more that I could never list it all here. If you are into genealogy, you have to make a trip here someday. You don’t have to be a Mormon to use the facilities, and there is no charge, except for any copies of records you make.
Actually, you can go to any LDS Family History Center to do genealogy research, and they can be found all over the country. They can also order information and records for you from Salt Lake City if you need them. But here, it’s all right there waiting for you.
The only problem was that a lot of the volunteers on duty to assist researchers, while very nice people, really didn’t seem all that well trained. I got a lot of “Well, I’m not sure” and “I’m new here, but maybe…” when I asked about where to look for the data I need.
Since this was my first trip to the library, it was like having this massive vault, full of information, but nobody knew the combination to get inside. I’ll be going back to do some more research, because I know there is a lot of information about my ancestors there, if I can just find it!
We were hungry by the time left the library, late in the afternoon, so we went to what Terry and I agree is the very best buffet of any kind we have ever found in the country, Chuck-A-Rama. There are several of them here in Salt Lake City, and we will definitely go back. The selection was fantastic, everything was fresh and tasty, and nothing sits around getting stale or cold. This place is a winner!
As we were leaving the restaurant, we spotted this huge bird house in a small park nearby. Talk about a critter condo!
Back at Pony Express RV Resort, we found our old friend Dick Reed’s beautiful classic Eagle bus conversion parked next to us! Dick is in town for a couple of days, and when he checked in, he told the folks in the office that the wanted to be as close to us as he could get! Any closer, and Dick’s snoring would keep me awake!
We haven’t seen Dick in quite a while, so we had a lot of catching up to do, and we visited until after 11 p.m. Here is a picture that Miss Terry took of Dick and me. No, I didn’t get taller, I’m standing on the step of Dick’s bus in this picture!
We had another beautiful sunset, and Terry managed to catch this neat picture of a jet coming in for a landing at the airport, which is just a couple of miles away. Cool, huh?
Today I plan to go back to the Family History Library. Maybe they have a list of horse thieves and shady ladies where I can find some of my long lost relatives!
Thought For The Day – Too much of one thing is good for nothing.