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Salk Lake City's new Genealogical Library.

The largest collection of genealogical material in the world has been moved to the imposing new granite Genealogical Library, just across from Temple Square at 35 North West Temple. Set to open October 25, it houses some 170,000 volumes and microfilm material equal to 6 million volumes of 300 pages each.

Rather than visit foreign halls of records or distant graveyards, anyone can have free use of these records to track down kinfolk. (This is especially important for Mormons, who are encouraged to baptize their ancestors into the church by proxy.)

Before using the files, you view a 15-minute film on the research process. As you begin your work, reference consultants will help guide you to the right shelf. Translators for records in many foreign languages are available, though you need to have some familiarity with the language of the country you're researching.

There are also weekday classes at 10 A.M. and 2 P.M. on genealogical subjects.

If you are eager to trace your ancestry but don't want to do the work yourself, the library can provide a list of accredited genealogists; fees run about $20 an hour.

The library is open 7:30 A.M. to 10 P.M. Tuesdays through Fridays, 7:30 to 5 Saturdays, 7:30 to 6 Mondays.
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