The Family History Library was awarded the TripAdvisor 2014 Certificate of Excellence “signifying that [the Family History Library] has consistently earned outstanding feedback from TripAdvisor travelers. This award is based on the quality of reviews and opinions [the Family History Library] has earned on TripAdvisor over the past year.” Marc Charron, President, TripAdvisor for Business.
Who is TripAdvisor and what is the size of their audience? According to TripAdvisor.com accessed June 13, 2014:
TripAdvisor® is the world’s largest travel site, enabling travelers to plan and have the perfect trip. TripAdvisor offers trusted advice from real travelers and a wide variety of travel choices and planning features with seamless links to booking tools. TripAdvisor branded sites make up the largest travel community in the world, reaching nearly 260 million unique monthly visitors, and more than 150 million reviews and opinions covering more than 4 million accommodations, restaurants and attractions. The sites operate in 40 countries worldwide, including China under daodao.com. TripAdvisor also includes TripAdvisor for Business, a dedicated division that provides the tourism industry access to millions of monthly TripAdvisor visitors. TripAdvisors is a free site.
On TripAdvisor, the Family History Library is ranked #2 out of 95 attractions in Utah earning a 5 out of 5 possible rating. Of 363 reviews, 319 rated their experience as excellent and 32 as very good. Here are some recently posted TripAdvisor reviews:
“If you’re into tracing your family history this is THE place. You can, of course, do it online but there is no substitute for having an experienced genealogist sit at your side to help you navigate the enormous library of both US and international records. Hundreds of computer stations and all kinds of forms for note taking as well as establishing your own account online. Best news…..it’s all FREE. And the staff couldn’t be nicer.” Charlotte, North Carolin. Reviewed May 24, 2014.
“My first visit to the Family History Library was 5 years ago, when I tagged along with a group of amateur genealogists travelling from southern British Columbia to spend a week doing research. I had no intention of spending all day, every day in the library. I went to get away and socialize with a friendly group of people. I was amazed by the quantity of information available in books and on microfilms, and by the expert guidance and helpfulness of the volunteer missionaries who are there to help researchers. Our group of friends returns to the library for at least a week every spring, and some of us spend the rest of the year processing our genealogy finds and preparing research projects for our next visit. It’s fun, it’s educational and it’s all FREE!” Surrey, Canada. Reviewed May 19, 2014
If you haven’t visited the Family History Library, or haven’t been here recently, we invite you to come explore how the Family History Library can help you discover and preserve your family’s story.