Salt Lake Mayor Palmer DePaulis looked back through time Wednesday with officials of the LDS Church Family History Department who traced the mayor's family tree for eight generations to 1683.
"From time to time we do a genealogy for a notable person and we felt the mayor ought to have such a record," said Thomas Daniels, of the Family History Library of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.Senior Reference Consultant Jay Roberts undertook the five-month assignment to trace DePaulis' family history to the 17th century, Daniels said. Roberts' research included both DePaulis' mother's and father's lines.
DePaulis' father, Hugo, 67, will take the record with him to Italy in October, Daniels said. The senior DePaulis will visit his birthplace, Paganica, northeast of Rome.
"There were some surprises," Daniels said of the mayor's history. Family members once thought the mayor's grandmother was born in Wisconsin. Actually, she was born in Italy, Daniels said.
DePaulis' given name has also evolved through the three centuries examined by the library, Daniels said.
"He was a namesake for at least one of his ancestors. Palmero was his name," Daniels said.
Roberts was joined by Elder J. Thomas Fyans of the First Quorum of the Seventy in presenting the genealogy to DePaulis in the mayor's office Wednesday afternoon.
Fyans expressed gratitude for the mayor's service to the city, and DePaulis said he was delighted with the library's gift.