Salt Lake City Research Guide
Get the essential facts, advice and resources you need to find your ancestors in Salt Lake City.
When the Donner party traveled through the Great Salt Lake Valley in 1846, a pioneer called it “one of the most inhospitable places on earth.” A year later, a band of religious refugees proclaimed the valley their new home. Since then, Salt Lake City has grown from a gathering of 2000 members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (also known as Latter-day Saints or Mormons) to a sprawling metropolitan area of more than a million.