The FamilySearch Center in Salt Lake City, Utah

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

What Is the FamilySearch Center?

On the east side of Temple Square, there's another great place where you can get to learn more about your ancestors—the FamilySearch International Center. It's located in the lower level of the Joseph Smith Memorial Building (formerly the Hotel Utah).

Family History Activities for Everyone

Free to the public, the FamilySearch Center has a relaxed atmosphere and offers something for everyone.

  • Expert volunteers and staff can help you get started with family history, including finding your ancestors in online records.
  • There are hands-on Discovery experiences where families can learn together about their family history.
  • There are activities for teenagers, such as scavenger hunts.
  • Learn about records throughout history and watch video segments depicting the personal journeys and dramatic discoveries of individuals pursuing their family history. Take a virtual tour of the Granite Mountain Records Vault, where records of genealogical importance are preserved. You can also watch a video explaining how records are digitized and indexed and made available online.
  • Have your photo taken in front of a backdrop of the wharf at Ellis Island with the Statue of Liberty in the harbor. A volunteer will be happy to take the photos and e-mail them to you.
  • The center is handicap accessible.

Hours and Contact Information

The FamilySearch Center in Salt Lake City is open:

  • Monday-Friday: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Closed Saturday and Sunday

Click here for a schedule that includes the holiday closings.


FamilySearch Center
Joseph Smith Memorial Building
15 East South Temple Street
Salt Lake City, UT 84150

Phone: 801-240-4085