Mere birthright alone doth not a Utahn create. What makes a true local? We say it is not the number of years you've lived within Zion's borders, but rather the zeal with which you explore all our state has to offer. If you're new, or if you're questioning your right to citizenship, we're here to help, with this refresher course. Every other week, we'll bring you a quintessential Utah-to-do experience. Check back for another to check off your list.


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There's no better place to prove Grandpa's stories about the "old country," or just find out which country it was, than the world's largest genealogy research center: The LDS Church's Family History Library.

Search books, microfilms and online databases for info about all sorts of family trees. 

The best way to begin is by finding as much information as you can before visiting the library, which focuses on older records because of privacy restrictions. Look for birth or death certificates and marriage licenses, and talk with living relatives. Then ask for help in charting the dirt you've dug up.

Not Mormon? Not a problem. The library is open to all. Even if you ask a stupid question, library staffers are probably too nice to mention it, so don't be shy. To really become a pro, check out the library's class schedule.

Patrons often find out they are the descendants of famous people, so don't be shocked if you're related to Shirley Temple.

The library is at 35 N. West Temple, SLC. They are open Mondays 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Tuesdays through Saturdays 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Click here for the holiday schedule.

Read our other How to be a Utahn posts:

See the Twilight Concert Series

Go to the St. Patrick's Day Parade

Swim in The Crater at Homestead Resort

Tour the Beehive House

Go Tubing!

Visit Clark Planetarium

Visit a Salt Lake Film Society theater

Skip work and go to Alta

Eat at Red Iguana

Catch a show at Wiseguy's

See a play at Pioneer Theatre

Visit Ogden's Dinosaur Park

Visit Red Butte Garden

Brew Your Own Beer with the Beer Nut

Get tickets to Salt Lake Comic Con

Hike Delicate Arch

Go on a parade of homes

Run in the Mud

Go to Oktoberfest at Snowbird

Visit Swaner Preserve & EcoCenter

Go on Park City Ghost Tours

Get scared at a haunted house