Seeking Your Roots? Dig

Across the street from the thick walls surrounding Temple Square and its granite temple, a line forms at dawn. People hurry past the Main Street statue of Mormon patriarch Brigham Young, then take a short cut through the square, where Christmas decorations mix with late-blooming pink and yellow roses. By the time the doors open at 7:30, 100 or more are waiting, lugging briefcases and laptop computers, eager to get started on, of all things, tracking down their long-dead ancestors. Many of the 2,500 who come here each day stay until the 10 p.m. closing at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' Family History Library, the world's largest depository of genealogical information. And they'll be back bright and early tomorrow.

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