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The Sandy Granite Family History Center came about in a rather unusual way. Starting in the fall of 2013, Brighton High School changed its enrollment to include 9th-grade students, and Albion Junior High (across the street from the Family History Center) changed to include grades 6-8. This left the former Albion LDS Seminary building without any 9th-grade students, so it was basically unused at that point.
With permission from Church Headquarters, the LDS Seminary building has now been converted into the Family History Center. Beginning Feb. 18, 2014, it is open to all patrons, regardless of faith or location, with the property owned and maintained by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
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- Address: 2720 Newcastle Drive, Sandy UT 84093
- Parking: Only a few parking spots are available at the FHC (plus 1 handicap space), but patrons may park across the street at Albion Middle School or on Newcastle Drive. Please do not park in front of houses in the area.
- Entrance: For patron safety, please ring the doorbell at the east entrance, and a volunteer will escort you into the center. Once inside, please sign in at the main desk.
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- E-mail: [firstname.lastname@example.org]
- Center Director: Craig Swapp
- Phone: 801-943-3005 - leave a message if no answer
- Closed: Closed on Mondays and holidays
- Open Hours: The Center is open to the public the following hours:
Tues, Wed, Thurs, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Fridays, 6-9 p.m.
Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
Sundays, 1-5 p.m.
The hours of 3-5 p.m. are prioritized for youth research and activities.
For class times, see the Class Schedule below. Note: Tues. and Wed. evenings from 7-9 p.m. may be reserved for activities - check the Activities Schedule below for details or to make a reservation.
Holiday Closures - Winter, 2014
Please note that the Family History Center will be closed the following dates:
Thurs. Nov. 26 through Dec. 2 - Thanksgiving
Dec. 20 through Jan. 6 - Christmas / New Year's
If you need access to the FHC during any of these times, see your Family History Consultant.
Class Schedule - Fall, 2014
Classes will be taught at the Family History Center on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. All classes are one hour in length and are taught by guest instructors from the Greater Salt Lake area.
To register for a class, see Register below.
- Thu, 4 (8 p.m.) - Ancestry.com - Colleen Stutz
- Fri, 5 (7 p.m.) - Ways to Involve Your Family in Family History - Chris Cummings
- Sat, 6 (10 a.m.) - Memories - Bob Taylor
- Sat, 6 (11:15 a.m.) - Navigating Your Tree - Chris Cumming
- Sun, 7 (4:30 p.m.) - Getting Started - Laurie Beardall
- Thu, 11 (8 p.m.) - Find My Past - Sue Maxwell
- Fri, 12 (7 p.m.) - Google, Faster and More Accurate - Van Celaya
- Sat, 13 (10 a.m.) - Indexing - Jossy Swain
- Sat, 13 (11:15 a.m.) - To Add or Not to Add - Cathy P. Anderegg
- Sun, 14 (4:30 p.m.) - Utah / Pioneer Research - Bob Taylor
- Thu, 18 (8 p.m.) - Handwriting - Colleen Stutz
- (Fri, 19 ... no class held)
- Sat, 20 (10 a.m.) - Cleaning up Your Tree - Nancy Rook
- Sat, 20 (11:15 a.m.) - Source it, or lose it! - Cathy P. Anderegg
- Thu, 25 (8 p.m.) - MyHeritage.com - Sue Maxwell
- Fri, 26 (7 p.m.) - Indexing - Laurie Beardall
- Sat, 27 (10 a.m.) - Involving Family with Photos and Stories - Nancy Rook
- Sat, 27 (11:15 a.m.) - Family Tree Descendancy View Versus Puzzilla - Cathy P. Anderegg
- Sun, 28 (4:30 p.m.) - I Was Thinking About You - Chris Cummings
- Thu, 2 (8 p.m.) - Scandinavian Research - Colleen Stutz
- (Fri, 3 ... no class held - Mission Reunions)
- (Sat, 4 ... no class held - General Conference)
- (Sun, 5 ... no class held - General Conference)
- Thu, 9 (8 p.m.) - Ancestry.com - Sue Maxwell
- Fri, 10 (7 p.m.) - Genealogy Road Trips - Laurie Beardall
- Sat, 11 (10 a.m.) - Where do I Begin? - Gail Martinez
- Sat, 11 (11:15 a.m.) - This is Your Life, So Tell It All! - Cathy P. Anderegg
- Sun, 12 (4:30 p.m.) - All My Work is Done: Descendancy Research - Chris Cummings
- (Thu, 16 ... no class held ... UEA weekend)
- (Fri, 17... no class held ... UEA weekend)
- (Sat, 18 ... no class held ... UEA weekend)
- Sun, 19 (4:30 p.m.) - Scanning and Sharing Photos - Paula Hansen
- Thu, 23 (8 p.m.) - FindMyPast.com- Sue Maxwell
- Fri, 24 (7 p.m.) - Indexing - Gail Martinez
- Sat, 25 (10 a.m.) - Ancestry.com - Shelly Adam
- Sat, 25 (11:15 a.m.) - Are you Hastening or Hindering the Work? - Cathy P. Anderegg
- Sun, 26 (4:30 p.m.) - Preserving Family Stories - Paula Hansen
- Thu, 30 (8 p.m.) - Finding Substitutes for Missing Records - Colleen Stutz
- Sat, 1 (10 a.m.) - FindMyPast.com - Chris Cummings
- Sat, 1 (11:15 a.m.) - MyHeritage.com - Chris Cummings
- Sun, 2 (4:30 p.m.) - Where did they go? Using Google Maps - Chris Cummings
- Thu, 6 (8 p.m.) - MyHeritage - Sue Maxwell
- Fri, 7 (7 p.m.) - Descendancy Research - Nancy Rook
- Sat, 8 (10 a.m.) - Newspapers and Stories of Our Ancestors - Chris Cummings
- Sat, 8 (11:15 a.m.) - Consultant Woes? Best Practices - Cathy P. Anderegg
- Sun, 9 (4:30 p.m.) - Cleaning up Your Tree - Nancy Rook
- Thu, 13 (8 p.m.) - Research Wiki - Colleen Stutz
- Fri, 14 (7 p.m.) - Using Affiliate Websites More Efficiently - Van Celaya
- Sat, 15 (10 a.m.) - Sourcing and Hints - Shelly Adam
- Sat, 15 (11:15 a.m.) - Editing Tips on the Family Tree Sandbox Database - Cathy P. Anderegg
- Sun, 16 (4:30 p.m.) - Sources and Hints - Shelly Adam
- Thu, 20 (8 p.m.) - Ancestry.com - Sue Maxwell
- Fri, 21 (7 p.m.) - Cleaning up Your Tree - Nancy Rook
- Sat, 22 (10 a.m.) - Timelines - Chris Cummings
- Sat, 22 (11:15 a.m.) - U.S. Census and Search Techniques - Chris Cummings
- Sun, 23 (4:30 p.m.) - Looking Forward to the Past - Chris Cummings
To register for a class, click here. The registration process uses SignupGenius.com, a free course registration site.
The Indexing Olympics is underway, coordinated by Jossy Swain. Currently, volunteer indexers are competing for the highest number of names indexed. Names may be indexed at home or at the Center.
Winning for the month of June is Willow Hills, with 10,564 names indexed - congratulations!
July results, as of 7/17/14:
1. Willow Hills - 18,178
2. Legacy Park - 4,000
3. Meadowlark - 1,499
4. Granite - 1,149
5. Newcastle - 410
6. Quail Hollow - 342
7. Hegessy - 0
The following evening times have been reserved for activities at the Center, so workstations may be unavailable to the public during these times:
- Tue, Nov. 18, 7-9 p.m. - Alta View Stake, Full-time Missionaries
- Wed, Nov. 19, 7-9 p.m. - Silver Mesa Ward High Priests
- Thu, Nov. 20, 7-8 p.m. - Youth Committee Meeting
- Tue, Nov. 25, 7-8 p.m. - Alta View Stake, Programs Committee
- Tue, Dec. 2, 8-9 p.m. - Sandy Granite Stake, High Priest Group Leaders
- Thu, Dec. 11, 7-8 p.m. - Youth Committee Meeting
- Sun, Dec. 14, 5-6 p.m. - Youth Committee Open House
- Tues, Dec. 16, 7-9 p.m. - Quail Hollow Priests Quorum
- Wed, Dec. 17, 7-8:30 p.m. - Silver Mesa High Priests
To reserve all or part of the Center for a group activity, contact Jossy Swain at at 801-694-7093[[Image:]]801-694-7093 or email@example.com.
New - The Family History Newsletter!
The word is out - the first edition of the "Family Ties" newsletter for the Sandy Granite Family History Center has arrived. It will be published the first of each month.
To subscribe to the free newsletter, send a message to firstname.lastname@example.org and include "Subscribe" in the subject line.
If you have information to include in the newsletter, please send it to the above email address no later than the 25th of the month.
Past Newsletter Issues
Youth Activities, Summer 2014
Visit the page for Youth and Family Summer Challenge - Come Unto Christ through Family History
- FamilySearch Catalog: This center has the ability to order any of the films and fiche available through the FamilySearch Catalog.
- Research Area - There are 12 workstations in the Research Area for patrons to do family history research. (See Hardware and Equipment below for more details.) There is also an additional seat next to each workstation, available power and cable outlets, and an extra table row for wireless users. This area is also used for Saturday classes. A modern A/V system is installed in the Research Room for presentations.
- Gathering Room - The Gathering Room is an open space with a large sofa sectional, tables, and chairs, and plenty of open space. It’s designed for hosting youth, organizations, families, and anyone who wants to get together to discuss family history. This is an ideal area for working on group projects, such as photo albums, history projects, etc. There is a large whiteboard for activities. A modern A/V system is also installed for presentations. Groups wanting to reserve the gathering area should contact email@example.com.
Databases and Software
- FHC Portal This center has access to the Family History Center Portal page, which gives free access in the center to premium family history software and websites that generally charge for subscriptions.
- Family history programs installed on each workstation: FamilySearch Catalog, Family History Library Favorites, Map My Family Tree, Get My Ancestors, GenerationMaps, Genelines, Charting Companion, and Ancestral Quest Collaboration.
- Other software on each workstation: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, and Google Chrome browsers; FamilySearch Indexing; IrFan View (graphics editing); and OpenOffice (word processing, spreadsheets, etc.).
Hardware and Equipment
- 12 All-in-one workstations running Windows 7 Pro and connected to a high-speed T1 data line. Each workstation has six available USB ports and an SD port, as well as connection to the Center's printer/scanner.
- Wireless access for laptops and mobile devices
- High-quality printer/scanner
- Audio/visual equipment including digital projectors and displays
Questions and Suggestions
Do you have questions about the Center, or would you like to make a suggestion for improvement? Please send an email to this address:
The volunteers who assist at the Family History Center are not paid, and they are typically not professionals in genealogical research. They do have a desire to help and have been trained in the basic approaches needed to assist most family history researchers who visit the Family History Center. There are two volunteers on staff at all times during operating hours, with shifts rotating every two hours. Please note that during busy times personal attention time may be limited.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
- Q1: Who can use the Center?
A: The Center is open to everyone, whether or not they live in the immediate area, and it is free of charge.
- Q2: Can I bring food or drink to the Center?
A: Food and drink may not be consumed in the main rooms. There are no vending machines or food onsite. There are drinking fountains, and you may drink bottled water in the main rooms.
- Q3: What other guidelines should I be aware of?
A: Use quiet conversation so as not to disturb others who are working. If you need to use audio in the research room, use headphones. Do not remove any materials from the FHC without permission.
- Q4: How do I sign up for classes?
See the information on Class Schedules above. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis.
- Q5: Can I access the Premium Sites from the Wiki or from home?
No, the Premium sites are only available at the Center. However, the church is partnering with Ancestry.com, and church members will soon be able to have free access to Ancestry.
Whether you’re brand-new with family history or an expert researcher – or somewhere in-between – there is a wealth of resources available at the Family History Center for your family history research.
What If I’m New to Family History?
Remember, you’re not alone as a new researcher, and volunteers are ready and willing to answer your questions and get you started.
Here are several activities you can get started with:
- Sharing stories about your ancestors
- Sharing photos and digital albums
- Participating in an indexing project
- Doing research to find information about your ancestors
- Preparing names to be submitted to an LDS temple for ordinances
You can start making headway with these activities by visiting the online resources mentioned in the Family History Links section below.
Family History Links
Here are some recommended areas on the FamilySearch.org website if you’re new to family history research:
And here’s where you can dive into your own research:
- Library of Congress, Washington, DC, Local History and Genealogy Reading Room
- National Archives, Washington DC
- Church History Library, Salt Lake City
- Daughters of Utah Pioneers, Salt Lake City
- Utah State Historical Society, Salt Lake City
- BYU Family History Library, Provo
- Utah State Archives, Salt Lake City
Volunteering at the Center
To volunteer at the Sandy Granite Family History Center, contact Jossy Swain at 801-694-7093 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Each shift is two hours long.
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