Salem Utah Family History Center

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FamilySearch This article describes the services and resources available at a Family History Center, a branch facility of the Family History Library.

The Salem Utah Family History center serves the Salem Stake and Salem West Stake.

Center Contacts and Hours

Location Map:

  • 695 S 300 W, Salem, UT  84653 United States
  • Use the Northwest entrance of the Salem West Stake center building

Phone: 801-423-0130


Family HIstory Center Director: Ralph and Susan Hughes Ralph cell ph: 801-319-6121 Susan cell ph: 801-362-9492

Assistant Director: Barbara Petersen ph. 801-423-3696

Open Hours:

  • Tuesday:  10am-3pm   Tuesday evening by appointment only
  • Wednesday:  10am-3pm   7pm-9pm
  • Thursday:  10am-3pm   7pm-9pm
  • Friday:  10am-3pm  

Holiday Schedule 2016: 


  • Good Friday--March 25, 2016
  • Spring Break, April 5-8, 2016 Reopen April 12
  • Independence Day--July 1, 2016
  • Pioneer Day-- July 22, 2016
  • Summer Break--August 9-19, 2016 Reopen August 23
  • Veteran's Day--November 11, 2016
  • Thanksgiving--November 22-25, 2016 Reopen November 29, 2016
  • Christmas--December 20, 2016-December 30, 2016 Reopen January 3, 2017

Calendar and Events


SUNDAY NIGHT CLASSES - 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the Relief Society Room - Enter thru east doors

Jan 15 – Lesson One - “My Family Tree is Full of Nuts and Other Good Things.” A class on basic navigation in FamilySearch.

Jan 22 – Lesson Two - “My Family Tree is Growing Oranges Instead of Apples.” A class on cleaning up Family Tree.

Jan 29 – Lesson Three - “Pruning My Family Tree.” A class on how to merge duplicates and fix a bad merge.

Feb 5 – Lesson Four - “Branches on the Tree.” A class on attaching sources.

Feb 12 – Lesson Five - “Fertilizing Your Tree.” (This is a new class) Learn the research process.

Feb 19 – Lesson Six - “Twigs on the Tree.” Finding “COUSINS” who need temple ordinances using descendency research.

Feb 26 – Lesson Seven - “Making Your Tree Bloom.”  Preserve and share your precious family memories.

Mar 5 – Lesson Eight - “Building a Treehouse.” How to use FamilySearch more effectively and faster.

Mar 12 – Lesson Nine - “Build a Bigger Treehouse.” How to use to find hidden treasures for your Family Tree.

Mar 19 – Lesson Ten - “Growing Trees.” Using Google to find more information about your ancestors.

Mar 26 – Lesson Eleven - “Trees that Jumped the Pond.” Using the FamilySearch partners, Find My Past, My Heritage and Geneanet, to find sources.

Apr 2 – General Conference - NO CLASS

Apr 9 – Lesson Twelve - “Colonial Trees and Hidden Roots.” Using the American Ancestors website to find sources. Finding other websites to aid in your research.

Apr 23 - Lesson Thirteen - "Tree Rings." Using clues to date and identify people in old photographs.

Staff Training Meetings

First Wednesday evening of each month at 7:00 pm at the Family History Center

Center Resources


  • FamilySearch Catalog: This center has the ability to order any of the films and fiche available through the FamilySearch Catalog.

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.

Hardware and Equipment

  • 14- Windows 7 computers, laser printers, 1 fiche reader and 3 film readers, 2 deck scanners

Center Services

Staff Research Specialties

Resources in the Local Area

City of Salem: Website

Salem City Library: Website

Other Resources

Links to Handouts for Family History Classes hopefully coming soon

Lesson 1 - My Family Tree is Full of Nuts and Other Good Things

Volunteer at the Center