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Where in Germany is the best place to do genealogy? Salt Lake City, Utah!

Roots & Branches: Conference to detail German sources in Utah
Publication: The Lebanon Daily News (Pennsylvania)
Sunday, February 14 2010
It’s somewhat of a joke among genealogists who specialize in German genealogy that the answer to the question of “Where in Germany is the best place to do genealogy?” that the answer is Salt Lake City, Utah.

That’s because the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ Family History Library in Salt Lake is the pre-eminent place to research both genealogy in general and German genealogy in specific.

The library has thousands of microfilms filled with German church records, which are undeniably the top resource used by family historians because those baptisms, marriages and burials typically name family relationships as well giving the “vital dates” of birth, marriage and death that genealogists crave.

In addition, many experts in every facet of genealogy make their homes in Utah as a result of the library as well as Brigham Young University, one of the few colleges in the country to offer a degree in family history…

Beidler is a freelance writer and lecturer on genealogy. Contact him either at Box 270, Lebanon, PA 17042; or by e-mail at

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