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History and Tidbits
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."
Family History Resources
Histories, Biographies, and Genealogies
The History of Salt Lake City and its Founders, By Edward William Tullidge 1886
Salt Lake City Government web site
Utah State Archives Many Birth, Death, Divorce, Mining, Criminal, Citizenship, Court, Naturalization, and Probate Recods available online.
Historical and Genealogical Societies
The Salt Lake City Cemetery is located at 200 "N" Street.
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 County Library system offers free access to Ancestry.com and Heritage Quest.