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Digging My Roots November 19, 2007

Posted by flutebrarian in Genealogy, Librarianship.
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For the past few days, I have been in Salt Lake City, Utah. The view from the hotel is beautiful with the sun coming up over the somewhat snow-covered mountains to the east. Even though it is almost Thanksgiving, the temperatures beg for a lightweight jacket or sweater – not the earmuffs, gloves, and winter coat that I brought with me! But I’m not complaining.

And of course, what does someone with family research on their mind do in SLC? That’s right – spend hours in the Family History Library.

This magnificent facility was crawling with people. I could tell I was headed in the right direction as I got off the train at Temple Square – I simply followed the little old ladies dragging their small suitcases full of their genealogical research!

Once inside, thereĀ  were volunteers and professional genealogists throughout the 5-floor facility to help with every aspect of your search from starting from scratch to finding the right index, to locating the microfilm or book needed to printing out your results. There were no lines to access a computer or a film reader and the printing software worked like a charm. I’m just glad I don’t have to maintain that many computers at my library.

My main goal was to get John/Johann/Johannes/Jean ROLL onto a boat and off of it in America. I *think* I’ve done that. I had previously narrowed the arrival down to the 1830s. “Ooh, not a good time period for finding results,” one of the staff members mentioned. But with a couple of indexes to peruse, I located a family of 12 bound for New York City from Le Havre, France on the ship France. They arrived on 9 July 1832. Looks promising, but we are still cross referencing and checking to verify this is the correct family unit.