Governor of Utah recognizes Genealogical Society centennial

The governor of Utah has recognized the centennial of the Genealogical Society of Utah.

A declaration by Gov. Michael O. Leavitt was read at the Nov. 13 commemorative program in the Tabernacle. He proclaimed Nov. 13, 1994, as Genealogical Society of Utah Day.The declaration noted that the society was organized Nov. 13, 1894, in Salt Lake City to be " benevolent in gathering together into a library books that would help people trace their ancestry' andeducational in teaching the people how to trace their ancestry.' "

It further noted that from a modest 300-book collection, the society has evolved into the Family History Department of the Church with a collection of more than 200,000 books, more than 300,000 microfiche and 2 million microfilmed records, housed in the Family History Library, the largest of its kind in the world.

The declaration also noted that the society operates a network of more than 2,200 family history centers, making records available in 60 countries and providing public access to its collection without charge.

The society's worldwide program of records acquisition and preservation was also recognized in the declaration, as was its pioneering efforts in the development of genealogical computer technology and incorporating local talent and resources.

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