I didn't mean to imply that, even though some Brownings ARE Mormon - my cousin Marlon Browning, for example, who is some kind of church bigwig out in Utah.
The LDS church (the Mormons, or Latter Day Saints) relies upon genealogy as a major tenet of their religion.Accordingly, they have the BEST resources on the planet for genealogy.The Family History Library in Salt Lake City is the world's largest repository of genealogical data (I happen to be planning a trip there for a week in late July...).
Although the Mormons would like for everyone to join their religion, they will help everyone with genealogy, regardless of your religious affiliation (or lack thereof).It is in their best interests to promote genealogical research.
So, each church location (they have a name for it, maybe "stake", or maybe that means a district...) has a small satellite library staffed by volunteers on a fairly regular basis.In each local site, there will be a small number of books and records of mostly local interest - local histories, local family records, books about local families, etc.More importantly, each local site can order materials from Salt Lake City and copies will be sent to them on loan.You or I can go in and request specific materials and they will get them in.
Go to www.familysearch.org and then to the library catalog from there to get some idea about what is available.It boggles the mind.
And, if you ever get the chance to go to Salt Lake City and visit the FHL... do it."Amazing" doesn't begin to describe the place.Imagine 5 floors, about half a city block in size, FULL of books, microfilms, compilations, manuscripts - and people poring over them.All about genealogy...
I'm also aware of some non-Mormon resources out there.For instance, if you're ever in Houston, visit the Clayton Library down in the Museum District, close to Rice University.Not bad for a public library devoted to genealogy.Same for Baton Rouge and the Bluebonnet Branch: about 2500 square feet of genealogy stuff.I would suspect that many cities have at least one similar facility.