Salt Lake Monument Park 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 Salt Lake Monument Park Family History Center serves:

Monument Park Stake and Bonneville Stake and surrounding neighborhoods. The Center is dedicated to providing education and support for the family history community in our area.
Path to the Monument Park Family History Center
Door to the Monument Park Family History Center
Hallway leading to the Monument Park Family History Center
Family History Center Work Room

Center Contacts and Hours

Location Map:

Address: 1320 South Wasatch Drive, Salt Lake City, Utah 84108. This is not a mailing address. Family History Centers are unable to respond to mail inquiries.

The Family History Center is located on the northwest corner of the building (lower level). Convenient free parking is in the north parking lot, lower level. You may; need to ring the bell for entrance into the Family History Center.
Location on Map

Phone: (801) 584-0112 NOTE: Call anytime; leave a message in case we do not answer. Call in case of inclement weather.

E-mail: or

Open Daytime Hours:

Monday through Thursday 10 am - 4 pm
Friday 10 am - 1 pm

Evening Hours:

Tuesday 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm Walk-in time
Wednesday 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Walk-in time
The third Wednesday is general indexing instruction
Thursday 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm Training Classes and Walk-in time except for staff Meeting generally held on the 3rd Thursday

Holiday Schedule (Center is closed):

Federal and state holidays

Roots Tech conference in February (Wednesday afternoon, Thursday and Friday)

Day after Thanksgiving

Between Christmas and New Years Day

(Other sporadic closings will be posted.)


All staff members are proficient in FamilySearch and Family Tree plus additional specialties as noted, below:

DAY TIME STAFF MEMBER Home Ward / Neighborhood PHONE(801) Specialites
10a - 1p
Jane Jones Indian Hills 652-5137 Memories, finding sources, getting started

Paige Preece
Crestview 440-1645
Record corrections, ordinances,, British and Swedish records
Sue Thornton Princeton 582-1289 Getting started

1p - 4p
Antoinette VanHorn
Yale 889-3426
Ordinances, African American research, photos

Mary Andrus Emerson 300-7079 Getting started
Elizabeth Kmetzsch Wasatch Hills 230-6330 Indexing
TUE 10a - 1p Pam Nelson Princeton 867-1240 Record corrections, ordinances, memories, beginning

Ken Her Emigration Canyon 502-7888 Memories, getting started

Marilyn Smolka Emigration Canyon 554-0204 Memories, finding help, record corrections, ordinances

1p - 4p Jean Robbins Garden Park 582-0771 Books, Wiki, finding un-indexed records, research catalogs

Vena Childs Bonneville 1 583-0317 Documenting and adding sources, Find-a-Grave, record corrections

Janet Davey
Bonneville 1 583-9855
Beginning skills to get started, record corrections
Diane Whittaker Monument Park 582-4374 Getting Started, Record Corrections, Ordinances, Search

Barbara & David Horne
Monument Park 641-9884
Indexing, British records, record corrections

Sheila Privett
Garden Park 856-4168 Fan Charts, beginning skills to get started

Susan & Dan Joos
Crestview 582-9795
Beginning skills to get started, record corrections
Janet Wankier Crestview 582-9422 Getting started
10a - 1p
Judy Holbrook
Wasatch Hills 484-7136
Indexing, record corrections

Georgia Gates
Wasatch Hills 486-3976
Research, record corrections
Jane Jones Indian Hills 652-5137 Memories, finding sources, getting started
Susan Sandberg Wasatch Hills 206-406-7221 Getting started

1p - 4p
Kay Merkley
Monument Park 750-5602
Troubles Shooting, record corrections, Ordinances

Janet White St Mary's 573-2804 Getting started
Sondra Snow Emigration Canyon Getting started

Rick Thornton Princeton 746-9188 Sources, memories, U.S. Census records, record corrections

Steve Packham Yale 580-0580 Indexing
Julie Valdes Crestview 541-7687 Getting started
Larry White St. Mary's 573-2825 Getting started
10a - 1p
Kathy Torkelson
Yalecrest 2 583-4378
Indexing, writing histories, Utah records

Janet Packham
Yale 583-2627
Welsh, British, U.S. Research,, Ancestral Quest, Roots Magic, Indexing,

Judith Wilkins
Emigration Canyon 455-8666
Indexing, Ancestral Quest, record corrections

Adam Bennion
Indian Hills 556-9818
Indexing, Ancestral Quest,, Roots Magic,

Bill Oswald
Princeton 582-2654
Hints, fan charts, ordinances, Ancestral Quest

Dan Hull Thirty First 466-7210 Family Search, Irish
Dennis Pahnke
Yalecrest 1 583-3212
Research, record corrections, beginning skills to get started

Danielle Oviatt Monument Park 582-3081 Indexing, getting started

Rose Horne Parley's Singles 518-3039 Indexing, getting started
Erik Brown Emerson 824-4996 Getting started
10a - 1p
Katharine Evans
Princeton 582-9501
Internet searches, record corrections

Margot Butler
Garden Park 582-7055
Australian research, beginning skills to get started

Kathy Torkelson
Yalecrest 2 583-4378
Indexing, writing histories, Utah records

Kimerly Wagstaff Crestview 201-5887 German research


Rick and Sue Thornton
801-582-1289 (home)

801-910-3058 (Sue's cell)

Page Preece 440-1645
Diane Whittaker
Jared Beck
Judy Holbrook

Marcia Vogeler

Steve Packham

Upcoming Events

Free Classes at the Family History Center Thursday Nights - 7:00-8:00 P.M.
1320 South Wasatch Drive (2450 E), North parking lot, Northwest entrance. Public is welcome, and no church affiliation of any kind is needed.

Family Tree Training & Special Classes on related websites and family history subject are FREE for anyone interested in improving their Family History skills.

Class size is limited to seats in the training room; please reserve your seat for a specific class by calling the Center at 801-584-0112 and leave a message, or call Directors, Rick and Sue Thornton, 801-582-1289.

Spring 2017 Class Schedule

Thu, 29 Jun 2017

7:00 p.m.

Take A Name and other ordinance-finding apps What you need to know in new ordinance-finding applications Beg


Jane Jones
Thu, 06 Jul 2017

7:00 p.m.

Irish research  “I’ve heard Irish research can be daunting”; come learn about current resource areas, including DNA Beg


Dan Hull
Thu, 13 Jul  2017

7:00 p.m.

Find A Grave Learn the basics of using this popular web-site, including posting GPS coordinates Int Rick Thornton
Thu, 20 Jul 2017

7:00 p.m.

Staff meeting (no class)
Thu, 27 Jul 2017

7:00 p.m.

Boy Scout Genealogy merit badge What do I do when a group of scouts comes in to work on a genealogy merit badge? Beg Dan Hull
Thu, 03 Aug 2017

7:00 p.m.

Cleaning detail pages for individuals in FamilySearch Run through several case studies on cleaning up information and sources Int


Kay Merkley
Thu, 10 Aug 2017

7:00 p.m.

Swedish research Come learn the basics of Swedish research Beg Int Paige Preece
Thu, 17 Aug 2017

7:00 p.m.

Staff meeting (no class)
Thu, 24 Aug 2017

7:00 p.m.

FamilySearch Lesson 1: Navigating FamilySearch How do I find my way around the FamilySearch site? Beg Kay Merkley
Thu, 31 Aug 2017

7:00 p.m.

Family Tree Lesson 2: Reserving Temple Ordinances Reserving ordinances if there are no duplicates; also, printing, sharing, unreserving.


Kay Merkley

Thu, 07 Sep 2017

7:00 p.m.

FamilySearch Lesson 3: Adding People and Adding or Editing Vital Information Includes adding an unconnected person; also, standardizing dates and places. Beg Kay Merkley
Thu, 14 Sep 2017

7:00 p.m.

FamilySearch Lesson 4: Searching for Records How to vary a search; how to analyze a record. Beg Kay Merkley
Thu, 21 Sep 2017

7:00 p.m.

Staff meeting (no class)
Thu, 28 Sep 2017

7:00 p.m.

How do I teach beginners in Family History? Learn useful skills on teaching beginners about FamilySearch and family history Beg Janet Packham

Pam Nelson

Center Resources


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. Included are:

• 19th Century British Library Newspapers digital archive

• Alexander Street Press -- American Civil War

• Library Edition

• Find My Past

• Fold3 (Formerly

• The Genealogist

• Genline

• Godfrey Memorial Library

• Heritage Quest Online

• Historic Map Works Library Edition

• Paper Trail

• World Vital Records

• Fully functioning software for Center use:

• Ancestral Quest, Ancestral Quest Collaboration, Legacy Family Tree and many others.

  • At present, we have 10 computers on-line available, for doing research. All are attached to printers. We have a copier/scanner for small quantity copying and the scanning of photos and documents directly into Family Tree. We also have wireless internet access available for the use of personal laptops, iPads, etc.

Center Services

Staff Research Specialties

Please see the staff schedule, above, where research specialties are listed by each staff member name.

Resources in the Local Area

The Anderson Public Library on Foothill Drive.


Utah Government Index


FamilySearch Salt Lake City Library

Volunteer at the Center

We need people who know the FamilySearch Family Tree program, and would be able to teach it to others.

We also need young people who are fast on the computer and could learn the program quickly. Perhaps a pair of young mothers could share a shift, covering the shift on one week and caring for the children on the off week.