Sandy Granite 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 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. Test sentence.

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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: []
  • 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.

Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. (Classes Only)

Sundays, 3pm to 6 p.m.

The hours of 3-5 p.m. weekdays, are prioritized for youth research and activities.

For class schedules and times, see the main website at


To register for a class, click here. The registration process uses, a free course registration site.



To reserve all or part of the Center for a group activity, contact Jossy Swain at at 801-694-7093 or


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Youth Activities, 2016

Visit the main website calendar for current activities

Center Resources


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

Meeting Areas

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The main area of the Family History Center is divided into a Research Room (north side) and a Gathering Room (south side). Wi-fi is available in the entire building, and dividers may be used to separate the rooms.
  • Research Area (Room 102) - There are 20 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 space next to each workstation, available power and cable outlets. This area is also used for Saturday classes. Modern A/V systems are installed in the Research Room (102) and Room 101 for presentations.
  • Gathering Room(Room 101) - The Gathering Room is an open space with a large sofa sectional, tables, and chairs, and plenty of open space. It also has 4 desktop computers for research and 10 laptop computers. 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

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, The Family History Guide, 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

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  • 28 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.
  • High speed, flatbed and book scanners
  • High speed slide digitization
  • Audio/video duplication and digitization
  • Wireless access for laptops and mobile devices
  • High-quality B/W printer/scanner
  • Audio/visual equipment including digital projectors and displays
  • Story Book story recording system

Center Services

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 the main website. 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, 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 website if you’re new to family history research:

And here’s where you can dive into your own research:

Other Links

Volunteering at the Center

To volunteer at the Sandy Granite Family History Center, contact Jossy Swain at 801-694-7093 or Each shift is two hours long.