You’ve driven by it a million times. You may have used it as a navigational landmark. You might even have made a snide remark about polygamy. (Especially if you’ve been watching too much Big Love lately.) But have you ever entered its grounds? “I’m not Mormon, why would I go there?” One very fascinating reason: Geneology. Go to their Family History Center and find out all you ever wanted to know about your ancestors and how you got to be in Los Angeles today.
The Family History Center is a nice sized library whose sole focus is ancestry research. There is a large room full of microfilm of all kinds of records, census rolls, family bibles, local histories, who’s who lists, etc. There are also many shelves of books with some of the same information. The center has 47 internet stations where you can search for history online through the LDS accounts and on free sites. There are geneology classes offered and plenty of free and very friendly help by the staff of volunteers. They even provide consultants if you are looking for help for a specific country of origin. Check out their website for additional links and resources. And no one is going to try and convert you, I promise. (Full disclosure: I am not, nor ever have been, mormon.)
The reason the LDS church has this amazing resource? To aid in their practice of Baptism For The Dead. Here is a site with answers to some of your questions about this practice. I’m not qualified (or even that interested) to discuss or judge.
If you are looking for your family history, this is a valuable place to go and find out more.
Los Angeles Regional Family History Center
10741 Santa Monica Blvd
West Los Angeles, CA 90025
Tues-Thurs: 10 am to 9 pm
Fri-Sat: 9 am to 5 pm
Closed Sun & Mon
Photo by me — This is the 2nd largest Mormon temple in the world. (I like factoids…)