Orem Utah Stonewood Family History Center

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Stonewood Stake Center--North View
Family History Center Work Stations

The Orem Utah Stonewood Family History Center (formerly the Lakeridge Family History Center) serves members of the Utah Orem Cascade, Hillcrest, Lakeridge, Orem, Sharon, and Stonewood Stakes. All are welcome to seek individual assistance from the Center's family history consultant staff and to use the Center's internet and other services and equipment.

The Orem Stonewood Family History 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 Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday evenings. By special arrangement group visits and training may be scheduled at others times including on Saturdays and Sunday evenings. We have ten computers with internet connections and can do training using computer projector presentations for large groups in the Center's group room or, if necessary in the Stonewood Stake Center chapel or one of its other large rooms. Participants are welcome to bring their own laptops on which they should be able to get an internet connection just as they can in most LDS Church buildings.


* Orem Stonewood Center Director: Les Newren, Phone (801) 224-4956, E-Mail: lnewren@comcast.net


* Orem Stonewood Center Assistant Director: Robert Standing, Phone (801) 426-5847, E-mail: standing4@comcast.net


Location and Map:

  • 450 South 100 West in Orem, Utah
  • Phone:(801) 222-0497

Center 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

Hardware and Equipment:

  • Ten computers for patron use
  • 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 Stonewood Center are not color printers, 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.
  • Family history research books and publications
  • Microfilm readers
  • Microfiche readers

Other Center Resources:

  • Links to the following popular programs are loaded on the menu bar of most of the Center's computers for quick and easy access: FamilySearch, Google, Ancestry, Findmypast, MyHeritage, AmericanAncestors, RecordSeek, and the Family History Center Portal.
  • The Family History Center Portal, available at most family history centers and libraries, gives patrons free access to premium subscription websites such as Fold3, Puzzilla - Premium Edition, World Vital Records, and several more. 
  • FamilySearch Catalog--Search the catalog of genealogical materials (including books, online materials, microfilm, microfiche, and publications) made available by FamilySearch. Many items can be loaned to local family history centers around the world. Center staff can assist patrons in identifying and ordering films and microfiche that have not yet been digitized or indexed. 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 on line. There are billions of viewable records on FamilySearch.org/Search and on other internet sites such as Ancestry.com.
  • The Center also has a small collection of books, periodicals, atlases, genealogical research methodology periodicals, reports, and syllabi from genealogical conferences.
  • Family History Center 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. 

Staff Research Specialties:

  • We currently have consultant staff who can read and/or speak, to some degree, the following languages: Austrian, Czech, Finnish, French, German, Hungarian, Icelandic, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Spanish, and Turkish. Several of these staff are very familiar with helping patrons begin their research in countries where these languages are spoken.
  • Currently four staff members can assist with and/or are Genealogy Merit Badge counselors of the Boy Scouts of America.
  • Several staff members specialize in United States, Canada, and/or British research.
  • Many of the staff are able to help patrons locate vital records in the United States and other countries that are not yet available through FamilySearch or other major online family history collections such as those at Ancestry.com, MyHeritage, etc.

2016 Holiday Schedule - Dates Center is Closed:

  • Memorial Day, May 30
  • Pioneer Day, July 24-25
  • Labor Day, September 5
  • Thanksgiving, November 23-25
  • Christmas & New Years, December 19-January 1, 2017

(Note: The Center is closed on Saturdays and Sundays except by special arrangements for group presentations)

Utah County Family History Programs:

  • 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 Brigham Young University Family History Library serves not only the student body 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 more information see their website, https://familyhistory.byu.edu/Pages/Home.aspx.

The following programs and conferences are scheduled for 2016 & 2017. More information about each will be found on the events' websites:

  • The Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG), January 22-27, 2017, 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—"the largest family history conference in the world" will be held on February 8-11, 2017, at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City, Utah.
  • The Annual Brigham Young University Conference on Family History and Genealogy will be held July 25-28, 2017.

Volunteer at the Utah Orem Stonewood Family History Center Center

If you are a resident in one of the six LDS stakes served by the Orem Stonewood Family History Center listed above and are interested in serving as a consultant or would like more information about serving, contact one of the Center directors. Their names are at the top of this page.

Ideally, candidates would already have a strong background in family history and genealogy and would be generally familiar with FamilySearch.org programs, including the Family Tree, and other family resource materials and programs such as Ancestry.com. However, several of our current consultant staff, initially, had the desire to serve but were deficient in skills and knowledge but were willing learners. They were mentored by more experienced staff members and engaged on their own in individual study of available training material. In the process they have proved themselves quite capable in their ability to help others.