LDS Family History Library is a destination for genealogy tourists, BBC reports

Published: Friday, April 6 2012 5:00 a.m. MDT

"Genealogy tourism" — defined as "a trip away with a trip down memory lane" — has been gaining popularity worldwide, thanks in part to the TV show "Who Do You Think You Are?" and the increased accessibility of family history records, a BBC Travel article says.

According to the article, one popular destination for genealogy tourists is the LDS Church Family History Library, which is called "one (of) the world's largest repositories of genealogy information on the planet." There are more than 1,500 visitors each day to the Salt Lake City library staffed by members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

The article offers advice on how people can maximize their family history vacations. An important starting point it suggests is for people to research their roots to find out where their ancestors lived before deciding on a destination for research.

A lot can be learned through "centralized research options," the article says. "However, no amount of online searching, staring at microfilm or even a private luxury tour can match the actual discovery of, say, your great, great grandfather's headstone in the grounds of a tiny Devon chapel, or knocking on the door of that thatched village house that was home to your long-dead relatives. This is the thrill of genealogy tourism."

Email: rbrutsch@desnews.com

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