When people mention "genealogical research," images of tattered census records, dusty parish logs and miles upon miles of miocrofilm usually come to mind.
Now, when visitors young and old enter the world's largest genealogical library, tucked in the heart of downtown Salt Lake City, they can take an interactive journey through their own ancestral past.
On Tuesday, the LDS Church's Family History Library, 36 N. West Temple, introduced new "discovery experiences," a 10,139-square-foot attraction that taps technology to introduce guests to their family trees.
The free exhibit opens to the public Wednesday.
"When entering the discovery experiences, guests receive a custom iPad to log into their free FamilySearch account and dock it with the various stations throughout the facility for an interactive experience with their FamilySearch.org Family Tree," a news release explains. "For the best experiences, guests should create a free online account and build their family tree before arriving at the attraction. A guest account option is also available for visitors."