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Ogden Utah FamilySearch Center Classroom

Current Hours of Operation:

9 am to 3 pm
9 am to 9 pm
9 am to 9 pm
9 am to 9 pm
9 am to 3 pm
Saturday & Sunday

See 2022 Closure Dates

"To be ignorant of what occurred before you were born is to remain always a child.
For what is the worth of human life, unless it is woven into the life of our ancestors by the records of history?"

Marcus Tullius Cicero

The Ogden FamilySearch Center is offering both ONLINE ZOOM CLASSES using the Zoom Web Teleconferencing platform and IN-PERSON CLASSES at the Ogden FamilySearch Center.
Each class title has the indication of how it will be taught. We make every effort to start classes on time.
You may join Zoom classes at least 15 minutes before the scheduled time. If the class has no participants, it will end 15 minutes after the start time.

Instructions for Joining an Online Zoom Class.

  • Select an Online Zoom Class the day and hour of the class.
  • Next to each class title, click on the blue underscored text link Join Now
  • You will enter the Waiting Room. Wait to be admitted by the Host. We look forward to seeing you!
  • Call our Helpline 801.626.1132 to troubleshoot Zoom problems.

Instructions for Attending an In Person Class.

  • No need to register just come to the Ogden FamilySearch Center and you will be directed to the classroom.

June 2022

Click herefor the calendar

Read the class descriptions for details. Some classes are Online Zoom and some are In Person at the Ogden FamilySearch Center.

Review the class details to determine if they need to be taken in any order.

Ward/Stake Leadership & Consultant Classes

Stake & Ward Council Leaders: Temple & Family History Work (In Person)

Stake and Ward Consultants and Leaders learn FamilySearch tools for helping members with Temple and Family History work.

Week 1: Learn about your calling and about FamilySearch’s tools that will help you engage members in Temple and Family History work.
Week 2: Learn how to use the Temple and Family History Planner. Practice creating a Family History experience with ward members.
Week 3: Practical application of what has been covered in the two previous weeks.

Class Handouts
Stake & Ward Council Leaders (T&FH) Leadership Training In Spanish


7:00 PM - Instructor-V. Neff/T. Nowland

FamilySearch.org for Spanish Speaking Genealogists

FamilySearch.org has tutorials for managing your family tree, memories, Indexing, sources/merging records, and research. You can sign into FamilySearch with your own account and change the language to Spanish using your computer settings.

Click on the blue underscored text FamilySearch WIKI link Spanish Tutorials and Genealogy and find everything you could possibly want to know about researching your Spanish ancestors.
Spanish Speaking classes on FamilySearch Basics are available on request.
We have Spanish speaking missionaries available to teach on Tuesdays 2:00 - 4:00, Thursdays 6:00 - 9:00 and Fridays 10:00 - 12:00.
Please call the Ogden FamilySearch Center at (801)626-1132 to schedule a time and instructor.

Stake & Ward Council Leaders (T&FH) Leadership Training In Spanish


FamilySearch: Getting Started with FamilySearch (Zoom)

This is a basic review of all of the FamilySearch.org tools. This class is taught in four sessions. Participants may attend any session in any order.

Week 1: Learn everything about your Home Page and review different Pedigree Views of your family tree for research purposes.
Week 2: Learn how to edit, add, delete information and relationships on your Details Page.
Week 3: Learn the different options in the Search Menu: Records, Genealogies, Books, Images, etc.
Week 4: Learn how to reserve and submit Temple Ordinances using your Temple List and Ordinances Ready.
Fifth Tuesdays: Learn about your own FamilySearch activities and planner.

Class Handouts


9:30 A.M. - Instructor - D. Cragun - (Zoom)Click here to join
7:00 P.M. - Instructor - D. Cragun - (Zoom) Click here to join

FamilySearch: Practice (In Person)

This class is designed for a hands-on practice experience in FamilySearch

Class Handouts


12:00 P.M. - Instructor - D. Cragun

FamilySearch: Fixing Your Five Generation Pedigree (In Person)

This class will teach how to standardize vital information, attach hints and merge duplicate records, and prepare names for temple ordinances in your five generations pedigree of Family Tree. It is a one session class that is repeated each week.

Class Handouts
Fixing Your 5 Generation Pedigree

Upcoming Dates

Monday 2:00 P.M. - Instructor - Baker

FamilySearch: Searching for Family Records in Images (In Person)

This class will teach how to use and search for your ancestors in FamilySearch’s Records, Images, Catalog collection.

Class Handouts


2:00 P.M. - Instructor - Baker

FamilySearch: Merging Ancestor Records (In Person)

The FamilySearch merging process is always changing and becoming more efficient. Learn how to merge, restore and replace your ancestors’ duplicate records.

Class Handouts

Upcoming Dates

Monday 11:00 A.M. - Instructor - Forsgren

FamilySearch: Searching Historical Records, Catalog & Books (In Person)

This class will teach researching techniques and processes for finding your ancestors in FamilySearch’s Historical Records, the Catalog and the Digital Book Library.

Week 1 & 3:
  • Learn how to search for your ancestors in the FamilySearch Historical Records and attach available record hints and find new sources.
Week 2 & 4:
  • Learn how to find records and documents for your ancestors in the FamilySearch Catalog and Digital Books.

Class Handouts


10:00 A.M. - Instructor - Mortenson

FamilySearch: How to Write Your Own Story (In Person)

This class will teach you some writing techniques for creating an interesting life story.

Class Handouts


2:00 P.M. - Instructor - Hanson


7:00 P.M. - Instructor - Hanson


Indexing Basics (In Person)

This class will teach the basics of FamilySearch indexing such as gathering a batch, learning the indexing tools and submitting a completed indexed batch. It is a one session class that is repeated each week.

  • One on one help with indexing is available Mondays and Tuesdays from 1:00 - 3:00.
  • Also, if you have an indexing question, you may call the Ogden FamilySearch Center at 801.626.1132. A missionary will call to assist you.
  • We can also accommodate Ward and Stake Groups that want a class on Indexing. Call the Ogden FamilySearch Center at 801.626.1132 to schedule.

Class Handouts


1:30 P.M. - Instructor - S. Cragun


11:00 A.M. - Instructor - S. Cragun


Understanding How FamilySearch.org and Ancestry.com Work Together (Zoom)

This two week class will teach how Ancestry.com and the FamilySearch.org family trees can communicate with each other in finding your missing ancestors.

Week 1: Getting Started
  • Learn how to create a church-affiliated Ancestry account, download your 4+ generations from your Family Tree to an Ancestry tree, and how to use Record Seek to attach Ancestry sources to your Family Tree.
Week 2: Working with your Ancestry Tree
  • Learn how to edit, manage and save your Ancestry family tree, search for missing ancestors in Ancestry public trees, attach new sources, edit names, dates, places, and add family members to your Ancestry tree.
Week 3: Adding information from your Ancestry Tree to FamilySearch Family Tree
  • Learn how to sync FamilySearch Family Tree and Ancestry Trees, adding new relatives, sources, detail information, fix relationships and merge records in Ancestry Tree.
Week 4: Growing your family lines through DNA matches and creating “Bare-Bones” trees on Ancestry
  • Learn how to search DNA matches, use DNA Thrulines, how creating a “Bare-Bones” tree can assist in finding new information on your collateral lines.
Week 5: 5th Thursday lesson
  • Other features of Ancestry will be covered such as LifeStory, Gallery and the Search tab. There will also be time to address Ancestry questions students might have.

Class Handouts


9:30 A.M. - Instructor - D. Cragun - Click here to join

Practicing Your Ancestry Tree (In Person)

This class will give you hands-on practice in your Ancestry family trees. You’ll learn how to use sources, research other family trees, add new family members, and compare with FamilySearch. You will need your LDS Church-affiliated Ancestry account user ID and password and your FamilySearch account user ID and password. Having intermediate experience is recommended.
Class Handouts


2:00 P.M. - Instructor - D. Cragun

Swedish Research (In Person)

This class will focus on the processes and tools for researching Swedish records. You will learn about the Swedish history, people and place, and language. It will be taught in two sessions.

Week 1 & 3: Getting to know Sweden and its’ history, people, places, language and handwriting.
Week 2 & 4: Learning how to approach Swedish research in Church records, births, marriages, deaths, and household examination records.

Class Handouts
Swedish Research Handout


10:00 A.M. - Instructor - Mortenson

Spanish Speaking Classes

Spanish Speaking classes on FamilySearch Basics are available on request.
We have Spanish speaking missionaries available to teach on Tuesdays 2:00 - 4:00, Thursdays 6:00 - 9:00 and Fridays 10:00 - 12:00.
Please call the Ogden FamilySearch Center at 801.626.1132 to schedule a time and instructor.

Large and Small Classrooms

The Ogden FamilySearch Center is available for Stake and Ward groups to experience and give their own Temple and Family History instruction. The Center also offers an overview of FamilySearch, upon request.
Available dates are currently Tuesday and Thursday evenings at 6:00 and 7:30. Appointments are for 1 ½ hour.
Reservations must be made by calling the Center Help Desk during business hours at 801.626.1132. We encourage two weeks in advance for a reservation.
We encourage groups to bring their own instructors, but we can facilitate. Please include the subject matter, number of guests in the group, and whether you need assistance.
The Help Desk missionaries will be able to help you and answer your questions.

FamilySearch Communities

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More Online Classes, Webinars and Quick Links

Family History Library Webinars
Archived Classes in the Learning Center (FHL)
BYU Webinars
Los Angeles FamilySearch Library
St. George FamilySearch Center
Lehi FamilySearch Center
Layton FamilySearch Center
Riverton FamilySearch Library

For Ogden FamilySearch Center Missionaries

Missionary Class Schedule

We are grateful for your willingness to serve in the Ogden FamilySearch Center. Since FamilySearch.org regularly updates/redesigns their program, we can always learn the new features and refine our skills in family history work.

We encourage missionaries to attend the Center’s Online Zoom or In Person Classes and learn the latest family history tools and methods. Following is a suggested schedule for attending these classes in order to build your skills in family history work. These can be taken in any order. Have fun!


Let’s Get Started - Learn basic FamilySearch program features and best practices.
Five Generations - Standardize and fix your 5 generations family line in Family Tree.
Preserving & Organizing Memories - Upload & attach photos, documents, audio to your family tree Memories.
FamilySearch & Ancestry Partners - Learn how these programs work together in family history work.
Indexing - Learn basic indexing skills and ways to engage others in indexing.
Temple and Family History Leadership and Consultants - Using FamilySearch tools to help others gather & connect to their ancestors.
FamilySearch: Merging Ancestors Records

Learning About Family History Research

How FamilySearch & Ancestry Work Together - Learn how these programs work together in family history work.
Practicing Your Ancestry Tree - Hands-on practice creating a tree, adding to a tree, and sourcing.
FamilySearch: Searching Genealogies and Images - Learn how to use Genealogies and unindexed records in Images.
FamilySearch: Searching Historical Records, Catalog, Books - Learn how to research historical records, the catalog and digital books.
Research Process: Using Guided Research & Tools for Finding Ancestors - Learn processes, tools and practices for researching ancestors in a variety of databases and repositories.

You can find the list of classes, times and dates to attend on this classes webpage.

We also encourage missionaries to use The Family History Guide at thefhguide.com. This is a self-help and online tutoring program. It is updated regularly with the latest FamilySearch features and family history practices. It is an excellent companion for beginners or for reviewing family history related topics. For questions or concerns contact our Center’s Helpline at 801.626.1132.