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 Salt Lake City



Salt Lake City was founded on July 24, 1847, by a group of Mormon pioneers. (Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.)The pioneers, led by Brigham Young, were the first non-Indians to settle permanently in the Salt Lake Valley. The founding group numbered 148, consisting of 143 men, three women, and two children.

The Mormons came to the valley in search of a region where they could practice their religion, free from hostile mobs and persecution. When Brigham Young first saw the valley he said, "This is the right place."

On the very day of arrival the pioneers began tilling the soil and planting crops. Within a few days plans were drawn for Great Salt Lake City, named after the salty inland lake which dominated the desert to the west. Out from the center of the city, now Temple Square, blocks were arranged on a grid pattern in 10-acre squares, separated by streets 132 feet wide -- "wide enough for a team of four oxen and a covered wagon to turn around."

Neighboring Cities

Family History Resources

Histories, Biographies, and Genealogies

The History of Salt Lake City and its Founders,  By Edward William Tullidge 1886

City Hall

Salt Lake City Government web site

Historical and Genealogical Societies


The Salt Lake City Cemetery is located at 200 "N" Street. BillionGraves has some photos of headstones, with transcriptions, on their site. There are other locations online with transcriptions of headstones from this large cemetery, which has tens of thousands of burials, and may be in fact the largest in the state. Because of the fact that the cemetery has been in existence from the early days of Salt Lake City's existence, many prominent figures from throughout the city's history are buried there, and the cemetery office offers a map showing where some of these people are buried at there.

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The Family History Library is located in Salt Lake County and is the largest repository of family history records in the world.

The Salt Lake City Library system offers free access to  Heritage Quest Online


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