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The Orem Utah Lakeridge Family History Center serves members of the Orem Cascade, Hillcrest, Lakeridge, Orem, Sharon, and Stonewood Stakes. All are welcome to use the Center's internet and other services and equipment.


Center Contacts and Hours

Location and Map:

  • 400 South 150 West in Orem, Utah
  • Phone: (801) 222-0497
  • Lakeridge Center Director: Les Newren, Phone (801) 224-4956, E-Mail:  lnewren@comcast.net
  • Lakeridge Center Assistant Director: Robert Standing, Phone (801) 426-5847, E-mail: standing4@comcast.net 
  • Open Hours:  Monday 10:00am-4:00pm, Tuesday 10:00am-8:00pm, Wednesday 10:00am-8:00pm, Thursday 10:00am-8:00pm, Friday 10:00am-4:00pm 
  • 2015 Holiday Schedule - Dates Center is Closed (Note: The Center is closed on Saturdays and Sundays except by special arrangements for group presentations):
    Memorial Day, May 25
             Independence Day, July 4-5
             Pioneer Day, July 23-24
             Labor Day, September 7
             Thanksgiving, November 25-27
             Christmas & New Years, December 21-January 1, 2016

Coming Events:

  • Orem Lakeridge Family History Center Classes and Personal Assistance:
    In addidtion to individual help, introductory and advanced classes are occasionally offered on the FamilySearch Family Tree, Indexing, basic approaches to family history and genealogy, and more. This Fall the Center will offer the following series of classes at Tuesday evenings at 7pm in the Orem Stonewood Stake Center, 450 South 100 West. Class instructors are Orem Lakeridge Family History Center consultant staff members and former staff from the now closed Utah South Area Family History Training Center.

    Following is a list of dates and a partial list of content to be covered in each of the classes:
  • Oct 6 Introduction to the FamilySearch Family Tree
    • Why the Family Tree? President Hinckley’s challenge
    • How to access the Family Tree: Setting up a new free account or use your LDS account.
       Setting "Contact," "Notification," and "Preferences" information
    • An overview of the Family Tree: Four ways to view the Tree—Landscape, Portrait, Fan Chart,        and Descendancy; Summary Card; and Person page
    • Navigating the Family Tree in the landscape view
    • Merging duplicate records
  • Oct 13 Using Historical Records—The Fruits of Indexing
    • Record Hints and Sources
    • Search strategies
  • Oct 20 Adding Memories to the FamilySearch Family Tree
    • Photos, Documents, Stories, Audio
    • Linking these to the Family Tree
    • Writing your own life story and recording others' stories
  • Oct 27  Using the Family History Portal
    • FamilySearch Help Center
    • Online research courses
    • Using the FamilySearch Wiki for reseaarch 
    • Online film ordering
  • Nov 3  Take an Ancestor to the Temple
    • Checking the status of and reserving ordinances
    • Printing the Family Ordinance Request (FOR) form
  • Nov 10 Using Family History Apps
    • The FamilySearch App Gallery: “apps to discover more of your ancestors by
       searching historical records”
  • Nov 17 FamilySearch Partner Sites and Record Managers—an Overview
    • Ancestry.com                                            Ancestral Quest
    • FindMyPast                                               Legacy Family Tree
    • MyHeritage                                               Roots Magic
    • AmericanAncestors                                  Others
  • Nov 24 Overcoming Brick Walls: When All Else Fails What Next?

    In addition to the classes listed above, the Lakeridge Center staff invite and welcome family and ward youth and adult groups from its six-stake service area to schedule visits for hands-on group training on Wednesday or Thursday evenings at 7 or 7:30PM or by special arrangement at others times, including on Saturdays and Sunday evenings. Since we have only 8 computers with internet connections, and are somewhat limited in space, we do computer projector presentations for larger groups in the Center's group room or in the Stonewood Stake Center chapel. Participants are welcome and encouraged to bring their own laptops on which they should be able to get an internet connection as they can now do in most LDS Church buildings.

    Other Utah County Family History Programs in 2015:
  • The Utah Valley Technology and Genealogy Group (UVTAGG) meets on the second Saturday of the month except for December. Their meetings consist of a presentation by a noted family historian followed by a variety of classes. "The Utah Valley Technology and Genealogy Group is a grass-roots, non-profit, tax-exempt educational organization. It is devoted to fostering the use of technology for family history." For details about their monthly programs, visit their website, UVTAGG.org
  • The BrighamYoung University Family History Library serves not only the studentbody but all of Utah County and beyond with a wide variety of family history resources. They offer family history classes on the second and fourth Sundays most months. For details about their programs and services, see their website, http://sites.lib.byu.edu/familyhistory/.
  • The Brigham Young University Center for Family History and Genealogy is an academic program that offers both a major and a minor in Family History. In addition the Center sponsors several major research and other genealogical programs each year. For mor information see their website,  https://familyhistory.byu.edu/Pages/Home.aspx.

    The following programs and conferences are scheduled in 2016. More information about each will be found on the events' websites:
  • The Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG), January 11-15, 2016, sponsored by the Utah Genealogy Association (UGA), is "a week-long intensive educational experience that takes students deep into their topic of choice."
  • The Annual RootsTech will be held on February 3-6, 2016, at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City, Utah.
  • The Innovator Summit will be held on February 3, 2016, also at the Salt Palace.
  • The annual Brigham Young University Conference on Family History and Genealogy will be held July 26-29, 2016.

Center Resources:

  •     FamilySearch Catalog--Center staff can assist patrons in identifying and ordering films and microfiche available through the FamilySearch Catalog. The Lakeridge Center also has its own small collection of microfilm and microfiche that patrons are welcome to view at the Center. Films that a patron orders will be sent to the family history center or library in the jurisdition where the patron lives. and may be viewed there. Films and fiche that patrons do not return to the Library within the alloted rental period will be retained by the center or library and become a part of their permanent collection. Note: Millions of microfilm images have been converted to digital images and the information these contain have been or are being indexed in a worldwide effort to make the information available o line. There are currently over three and a half billion viewable records on FamilySearch.org/Search.
  • The Center also has a small collection of books, periodicals, atlases, genealogical research methodology periodicals, reports and syllabi from genealogical conferences.
  • FHC Portal The Center has access to the Family History online Portal that provides free access to premium family history software and websites that, otherwise, generally charge for subscriptions. 

Hardware and Equipment

  • Eight Computers for patron use
  • Family history research books and publications
  • Microfilm readers
  • Microfiche readers
  • Three printers, one of which is also a photo and document scanner. Scans can be saved to a flash drive or to the patron's FamilySearch website. Printers at this Orem Lakeride Center are not equiped to print in color, though saved scans can be printed on home color printers or at commercial vendors.  Scanned photos and documents can be added to family histories, and/or attached to family members' records in the FamilySearch Family Tree.

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Resources in the Local Area

  • Several other family history centers are located in the Orem/Provo Utah area each serving the membership in one or more stakes of the LDS church.
  • The Brigham Young University Family History Library serves not only the BYU student body but all of Utah County and beyond. Among its many services are family history classes offered on the second and fourth Sunday of most months. For more information see its website, http://sites.lib.byu.edu/familyhistory/.
  • The Brigham Young University Center for Family History and Genealogy offers both a family history (genealogy) major and minor and, in addition, sponsors important research studies. For more information see their website, https://familyhistory.byu.edu.
  • The Utah Valley Technology and Genealogy Group (UVTAGG) is a "grass-roots, non-profit, tax-exempt educational organization. It is devoted to fostering the use of technology for family history." Its monthly meetings are open to anyone with an interest in family history. These are held on the second Saturday of most months and feature a guest presenter followed by a variety of classes. For more information see their website, https://UVTAGG.org. 


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