Prepared by Elisabeth Lindsay.
The Granite Mountain Vault, also known as the "Vault" or "Archive," is the place where genealogical archives of the LDS Church are stored. The Granite Mountain facility is a literal, "vault" buried within a mountain just outside of Salt Lake City, Utah. The Vault is designed to provide a highly climate-controlled and safe environment to protect records from the elements and natural disaster, allowing these valuable records to be preserved for generations to come.
The Archive stores the original microfilmed records from which copies are made and distributed to the Salt Lake Family History Library and Family History Centers around the world, for genealogical purposes. It is these microfilmed records that are now being digitized and made available to the public through the FamilySearch website.