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Hurricane Utah Family History Center

The Hurricane Utah Family History Center is located in downtown Hurricane just off State Street. Our address is: 37 South 200 West, Hurricane. We serve the areas of Hurricane, La Verkin, Toquerville, all the way to Zion's National Park.  We have over 70 volunteers who are trained to help visiting patrons in searching out their kindred dead and saving the data they find.


Center Contacts and Hours[edit | edit source]

  • 37 South 200 West, Hurricane, Utah 84737
  • Coming from St. George, take the first Hurricane Exit. Pass 5 stop lights, and turn Right on 2nd West. We are on the left, Parking is available in the back of the building or in front, on the street.

Phone: 1-435-635-2174

E-mail: ut_hurricane@ldsmail.net

Open Hours:[edit | edit source]

  • Monday: 9:00am - 5:00pm
  • Tuesday: 9:00am - 9:00pm
  • Wednesday: 9:00am - 5:00pm
  • Thursday: 9:00am - 9:00pm
  • Friday: 9:00am - 5:00pm
  • Saturday: 10:00am - 2:00pm

Holiday Schedule - 2019 (Center will be closed)[edit | edit source]

  • Thursday      January 3rd             FHC OPENS after Christmas and New Year’s break
  • Sat.-Mon.    January 19-21st        Martin Luther King weekend
  • Sat.-Mon.    February 16-18th     President’s Day weekend and Deep Cleaning
  • Saturday      April 6th                      General Conference
  • Sat.-Mon.    May 25-27th              Memorial Day weekend
  • Thursday     May 30th                     Deep Cleaning day (beginning at 5 p.m.)
  • Monday      July 1st-29th                Summer Break
  • Monday      August 19th                 Deep Cleaning day (beginning at 5 p.m.)
  • Fri. Aug. 30th- Sept. 2nd     Peach Days and Labor Day
  • Fri.-Sat.      Sept. 27-28th               Family Roots Conference
  • Saturday    October 5th                  General Conference
  • Thursday   October 31st                Halloween (closing at 3:30 p.m.)
  • Mon.     November 25th-30th     Thanksgiving week
  • Mon.     November 25th              Deep Cleaning day
  • Mon. Dec.16th-Jan. 2nd        Christmas and New Year’s break (Reopen Fri. Jan. 3rd.)

Calendar and Events:[edit | edit source]

  • For class descriptions, see the listing after all the Classes.
  • To schedule and sign up to take classes visit us or call 435-635-2174  
  • If you would like to copy the classes to your home computer: Drag your cursor through (select) all of the data so the entire table is colored. Then Right Click on it, and select COPY. Open a blank WORD document on your computer, right click ON IT and then click PASTE.  

Hurricane Family History Center[edit | edit source]

June 2019 Class Schedule[edit | edit source]

DATE TIME CLASS INSTRUCTOR
June 3 – Monday 10:00 am Gimp 3   Erasing and Adding Backgrounds or Pictures on Photos Steve Haddox
June 3 - Monday 11:00 am Temple and Family History Consultants and Ward Leaders Lisa Stratton
June 5 - Wednesday 7:00 pm Family Search #1 Daryle Bartholomew
June 6 - Thursday 9:30 am Family Search #1 Daryle Bartholomew
June 7 - Friday 2:00 pm Family Tree Apps Cathy Riley
June 10 - Monday 10:00 am Gimp 1 Restoring Faded Photos Steve Haddox
June 11 - Tuesday 3:00 pm Descendancy Research Using Puzzilla Ray Fowler
June 12 - Wednesday 9:30 am Write Your Own History Helayna Goulding
June 12 - Wednesday 11:00 am Descendancy Research Diane Hogan
June 12 - Wednesday 7:00 pm Family Search #2 Cathy Riley
June 13 - Thursday 9:30 am Family Search #2 Cathy Riley
June 13 - Thursday 1:30 Advanced Research
June 13 - Thursday 3:00 pm Standardizing Dates and Places in Family Search Pat Grow
June 17 - Monday 10:00 am Gimp 2 – Repairing Old Photos Steve Haddox                    
June 20 -Thursday 2:00 pm Merging Duplicates and Resolving Relationships Pat Grow
June 20 - Thursday 7:00 pm Temple and Family History Consultants and Ward Leaders Lisa Stratton
June 24 - Monday 10:00 am Find-A-Grave / Scanner Workshop Steve Haddox
June 26 - Wednesday 10:00 am Computer Basics Debbie Overton
June 27 - Thursday 1:30 pm Ancestry.com – Getting Started Pat Grow
June 27 - Thursday 3:00 pm Family Search Wiki – A Great Research Tool Diane Hogan

Individual classes available by appointment.  See on the back.

Call the Hurricane Family History Center at 435 635-2174

For more information google – Hurricane Utah Family History Center and click on the WIKI entry.

Or go to familysearch.org – Search – Wiki – and search for Hurricane Utah Family History Center.

Individual Classes by Appointment Only

German Research Pat Erdmann 435 313-3915
Orphan Trains Pat Erdmann 435 313-3915
Family Tree #3 Marian Keller 435 669-3123
England Research - 1835 to present Barbara Waagen 435 635-6940
Norwegian Research Barbara Waagen 435 635-6940
Swedish Research Barbara Waagen 435 635-6940
Old Handwriting Barbara Waagen 435 635-6940
Research Basics Arlene Wardean 435 635-4179
Webb Indexing Ethelyn & Craig Humphries 435 619-3632
Roots Magic Leon Earl 435 635-5766
Danish Research Julia Campbell 435 635-4255
What is a Personal Database and Why Do We Have It Pat Erdmann 435 313-3915
Researching Newspapers
Help! When You Hit A Brick Wall Ron Bremer                                       ronbremer1@gmail.com                                                               435 418-0984

Hurricane Family History Center[edit | edit source]

August 2019 Class Schedule[edit | edit source]

DATE TIME CLASS INSTRUCTOR
Aug 5 – Monday 9:30 am Find A Grave / Scanner Workshop Steve Haddox
Aug 5 - Monday 11:00 am Temple and Family History Consultants and Ward Leaders Lisa Stratton
Aug 9 - Friday 2:00 pm Family Tree Apps Cathy Riley
Aug 12 - Monday 10:00 am Gimp 1 Restoring Faded Photos Steve Haddox
Aug 13 - Tuesday 3:00 pm Finding Temple-Ready Names With Puzzilla Ray Fowler
Aug 14 - Wednesday 9:30 am Write Your Own History Helayna Goulding
Aug 14 - Wednesday 11:00 am Descendancy Research Diane Hogan
Aug 14 - Wednesday 7:00 pm Family Search #2 Cathy Riley
Aug 15 - Thursday 9:30 am Family Search #2 Cathy Riley
Aug 15 – Thursday 2:00 pm Standardizing Dates and Places in Family Search Pat Grow
Aug 16 – Friday 10:00 am The Family History Guide – the Best Kept Secret Part 1 Barbara Waagen
Aug 19 - Monday 10:00 am Gimp 2 – Repairing Old Photos Steve Haddox                    
Aug 19 – Monday 3:00 pm Researching Newspapers Bob Gowans
Aug 19 – Monday 1:30 pm Family Search #1 Daryle Bartholomew
Aug 21 – Wednesday 7:00 pm Family Search #1 Daryle Bartholomew
Aug 22 -Thursday 2:00 pm Merging Duplicates and Resolving Relationships Pat Grow
Aug 22 - Thursday 7:00 pm Temple and Family History Consultants and Ward Leaders Lisa Stratton
Aug 26 - Monday 10:00 am Gimp 3 - Erasing and Adding Backgrounds on Photos Steve Haddox
Aug 28 - Wednesday 9:30 am Computer Basics Debbie Overton
Aug 28 – Wednesday 11:00 am Family Search Wiki – A Great Research Tool Diane Hogan
Aug 29 – Thursday 2:00 pm Ancestry.com – Getting Started Pat Grow
Aug 30 – Friday 10:00 am The Family History Guide – the Best Kept Secret Part 2 Barbara Waagen

Individual classes available by appointment.  See on the back.

Call the Hurricane Family History Center at 435 635-2174

For more information google – Hurricane Utah Family History Center and click on the WIKI entry.

Or go to familysearch.org – Search – Wiki – and search for Hurricane Utah Family History Center.

Individual Classes by Appointment Only

German Research Pat Erdmann 435 313-3915
Orphan Trains Pat Erdmann 435 313-3915
Family Tree #3 Marian Keller 435 669-3123
England Research - 1835 to present Barbara Waagen 435 635-6940
Norwegian Research Barbara Waagen 435 635-6940
Swedish Research Barbara Waagen 435 635-6940
Old Handwriting Barbara Waagen 435 635-6940
Research Basics Arlene Wardean 435 635-4179
Webb Indexing Ethelyn & Craig Humphries 435 619-3632
Roots Magic Leon Earl 435 635-5766
Danish Research Julia Campbell 435 635-4255
What is a Personal Database and Why Do We Have It Pat Erdmann 435 313-3915
Advanced Research 435 619-1553
Help! When You Hit A Brick Wall Ron Bremer                                       ronbremer1@gmail.com                                                               435 418-0984

CLASS DESCRIPTIONS:[edit | edit source]

American Ancestors[edit | edit source]

The New England Genealogical Society have joined with FamilySearch and Church members can have free access to their site. They named their web site “American Ancestors.”

We will be showing a webinar to learn how to use the site to our advantage. They have many early American records that are not available anywhere else.

This is one of the perks that FamilySearch is giving to us for doing our work. Come and learn how to use this new site. I am very excited to learn to find more documents about my early American ancestors.

Ancestry.com[edit | edit source]

Getting Started with Ancestry.com

1. How to get a free Ancestry.com account

Sign up for a free Ancestry account if you haven’t done so, through FamilySearch

2. Tree Settings

Privacy Settings

3. Getting Started in Ancestry.com

Learn how to navigate the Ancestry website

4. How to import four generations from FamilySearch to Ancestry

Don’t type your information, unless you have to.

5. Ancestry will import an additional four generations for

End-of-Line Only

6. Record Hints

Documenting you avoid revisiting the same materials again and again, and it helps you understand important qualities of materials you use. Most important, documentation is essential for a family history to help others.

7. How to Transfer data from Ancestry to FamilySearch

With a click or two, you can transfer information from Ancestry to FamilySearch, and from FamilySearch to Ancestry.

You must have a personal tree in both Ancestry and FamilySearch to allow for the exchange of data, sources and media between these two websites.

Ancestry - Tips and Tricks[edit | edit source]

Using the Home Page in Ancestry to find photos, hints and more

Standardization in Ancestry vs FamilySearch

How to avoid duplicates in Ancestry

How to merge duplicates in Ancestry

How to access other member public trees and/or attach data

Search strategies

Use Common Sense

And MORE

Apps Gallery

There are over 100 apps to be found in the APP gallery. In this class we learn how to get into the APP gallery and how to move around in it to find the app you are looking for. We will demonstrate the use of several of the apps. You will be impressed.

Computer - Basic[edit | edit source]

This class is not teaching about genealogy and how it is done, but is designed to help those who are just learning about computers and how they work.

Computer - Basic #1[edit | edit source]

You will learn basic computer language for use of the computer. There is class time and practice time.

Computer - Basic #2[edit | edit source]

We look at word processors and their function. We talk about the kinds of word processors there are and their differences. We learn how to create documents and folders and how to join them.

Computer - Basic #3[edit | edit source]

We take an in-depth look at the things you can do with the word processor to make the documents you produce come to life.

Danish Genealogy[edit | edit source]

Learn how to find your ancestors and their records in Denmark.

Descendancy Research[edit | edit source]

Would you like to do more temple work in your own family? Do you need temple names for youth to do? Learn how to find cousins that are related to you and qualify them for temple work. FamilySearch family tree is giving you lots of hints to find such cousins. Puzzilla.org is an app that also helps to find ends of lines that have not been found yet. Come and learn how to research or attach sources so the work can be done by you.

DNA - Discovering your[edit | edit source]

I took the test....now what? Lear how to use the information you received from the test results. What does it all mean?

England and Wales Research-After 1837[edit | edit source]

The basis of research after 1837 includes extensive use of the 1841 – 1911 census records, civil registration records and index of births, marriages, and deaths from 1837 forward (years of availability vary for each group of records), and use of the newly available GRO (General Register’s Office) records. In addition, the church records of the Church of England including parish maps and non-conformist denominations are a valuable source of information for your English and Welsh families. the General Probate Registry beginning in 1859 is another valuable resource. Come and learn how to find and use these great resources, many of which are now available at no charge by using online records. Search strategies will be also presented.

Family History Center Portals[edit | edit source]

Premium websites are available in the Family History Center-Portals for research. These can only be accessed from the Family History Center Computers. If you wanted to access them from your home computer, the premium websites would require a paid subscription.

Family Tree Training Class #1[edit | edit source]

Learn to Navigate in Family Tree; View 4 different charts Landscape, Portrait, Fan and Descendancy. How to [expand or contract] family lines. Find [Get Help] and the [Learning Center]; understand Privacy Rules. Learn the difference between [Summary Card] and [Person or Detail Page]. Produce a [4-generation Pedigree Chart]; and a [Family Group Sheet]. View children and other spouses, if any. Update vital information and [standardize] information for ancestors in your tree for at least 4 generations.

Family Tree Training Class #2[edit | edit source]

Add sources; why it’s important to verify who the person is. You will learn how to add sources from other websites; and how to use [Recordseek]. The Memories tab has a drop down with several options; [Photos, Stories, Documents, Audio, People, Albums, and Find]. We will show the uses for each option, such as how to download photos, stories and documents. How to Tag photos, etc. Learn how to use the [Library Catalog] that is located at the Salt Lake City Family History Library, from your computer. learn how to sign up and access the 5 Partner websites at no charge, [Ancestry.com, FindMyPast, myheritage, American Ancestors, and Geneanet]from your computer.

Family Tree - Advanced #3[edit | edit source]

Learn the essential research skills to find your ancestors by:

  1. Getting organized for research
  2. Identifying a line to do research on to extend your pedigree
  3. Form solid strategies to research your selected lines
  4. Using Family Search tools to find ancestor information
  5. Developing your skills in researching your ancestors
  6. Solve problems and use effective research methods

These 3 computer classes are to be studied and learned together. Each class builds on the next and prepares you for getting our records as correct as possible.

Help! When you hit a brick wall[edit | edit source]

This one on one instruction is for those who have hit a "Brick Wall", and can't seem to go any further back on their line. This instructor has many tools and many years of experience in breaking through these walls. Call or email him with your question/s. Include the paper work he might need.

Indexing on the Web[edit | edit source]

You can now index on your tablets of or other mobile devices. No downloads are required! Come learn the new program. Searchable only. Indexing is vital to temple and family history work because it helps "fuel the find"; through indexed records, more and more people are now able to find their family members and add them to their family trees so they can perform temple ordinances. Because of Indexing, more SOURCES are becoming available every day!!

Match and Merge[edit | edit source]

Do you find duplicates in your life? Are there wives, children or duplicate parents you don't recognize? Being able to find and merge duplicate records will help solve some problems in your family tree.

Military Records - Military[edit | edit source]

Military records are found in many places on the internet from 1785 to the Vietnam war. You will learn how to find specific records on different websites, and how to google unusual records. Pension files and how to order them, are so important and you can find much information on other members of the serviceman's family. Death records can be found as well as marriage dates and places. Some explain what they did in the service, and where they served.

Newspaper Research[edit | edit source]

This class is designed to help you discover the many ways that newspapers can aid in your research. Newspapers can provide clues and information that cannot be found anywhere else! Newspapers contain birth, marriage, death notices, obituaries, photographs, passenger lists, military news, biographical sketches, citizenship notices, land transactions, and a host of other information. Access to historical newspapers has never been better. Come and see what you have been missing!

Norwegian Research, part 1[edit | edit source]

Two Norwegian Research classes are offered:  Part 1 and Part 2.  It is strongly recommended that both classes are attended in order.  The material is not duplicated.  There will be both instruction and “hands on computer” time plus handouts and worksheets.  The instructor will be Barbara Waagen for both classes. Part 1:  Topics covered include:  A brief history of Norway, geography and land divisions, helps to “cross the pond” using USA immigration records and Norway emigration records.  Also discussed will be handwriting helps for confidence in reading the original records, and naming customs. Learn how to use the Wiki in FamilySearch as a resource. Learn how to access Norwegian Church records for FREE. Part 2:  This section is designed to utilize the information from Part 1 in compiling an actual family.  Topics covered in Part 2 include: A research process guide, a key word list, calculating actual dates from feast dates, hints for using farm histories and census records, and using Norwegian parish records including birth/christening, marriage, license and banns, and death/burials.  Students will be challenged to complete a prepared research project in the actual parish records using a real family for experience to find all children in the family and parents.

Photo Repair (GIMP)[edit | edit source]

This class will use the free picture-editing program, GIMP, for the class. While it is an extensive photo program, we will be focusing on the 7 tools in that program that allows a person to take out blemishes in the photo. We will learn how to repair rips and tears, or folds in the picture, etc. This class is divided into 3 one-hour sections: 1) Repairing old photos; 2) Restoring faded photos;

3) Erasing and adding backgrounds. Take one, two, or all three sections according to your needs.

Please bring a scanned, digital photo, on your flash drive, you would like to repair.

Puzzilla Family Research Class[edit | edit source]

The Puzzilla name refers to finding and assembling pieces of a puzzle to complete the whole picture, the essence of the genealogical research process.  Puzzilla will retrieve the latest information available from Family Tree.

Puzzilla is the quickest way to find those of your ancestors who need their temple work done. There is no better program or method for finding names to take to the temple than Puzzilla.

The Puzzilla Descendants Viewer premium services tabs help researchers see descendants in FamilyTree and reveals where more research is needed to continue the completion of your family tree.

Unlike the descendant view in Family Tree where you are only able to view a few relatives at a time, the circular wheel view in Puzzilla allows you to be able to view all descendant lines and hundreds of your ancestors on a single page, and pinpoints the family lines that are broken. Puzzilla quickly shows where you have children without descendants--and that with additional research you can add to these lines.

Research Basics[edit | edit source]

Learning how to do research is not a difficult task these days. Familytree has many hints already to attach to your ancestor. Make sure it is the correct record for your family.

Going beyond what family search gives you, you will learn what information to look for on a record, especially those easier ones like census records. Learn to glean the most you can from looking at the original record, not just an indexed record. Did you know they don’t index everything that might be important to you? We have staff on hand to help you practice what you learn today.

Roots Magic - Basic[edit | edit source]

No matter what personal genealogy program you decide to use, the most important thing is that you have one.  You do not need to be a professional researcher as even those who have the most casual approach to dipping your toes into the world of genealogical research can greatly benefit from having a way to store and/or share your family stories and data.  RootsMagic is a very versatile and easy to use program even for those who know only the basics of computer use.  In the Basic RootsMagic Class, I will explain how to obtain RootsMagic, set up the program on your computer and/or flash drive and tap into and link the data and sources available to anyone interested in using Family Search/Family Tree with assistance for obtaining access to Family Search if needed.  But unlike Family Search, RootsMagic is your own private data base allowing you to have control over what information you choose to included and what part of that information you may want to share.  We will go over the basic features of the program including:  logging in, starting and naming files, finding and adding people, data entry and editing, navigating tabs and views, and of course, how to back up and share your files.  This class is open to anyone interested in researching and saving Family History.

Roots Magic - Advanced[edit | edit source]

There are tweeks and tricks in advanced RootsMagic that will help you organize a family reunion, print out data sheets to find what might be missing in a person’s life information, sheets to find who was living in a particular area and time, color code direct ancestors, add photos and documents, merge options, gazetteer, internet tools for sharing and searching and publishing.  You can also print out Reports:  narrative, custom, individual summary, Family Group Sheets, Pedigree charts and others.  We will go over some of these and introduce you to others and as always there are no dumb questions.  RootsMagic is a wonderful programs that does more than just store data.  It also lets you do things with that information in many different ways that are helpful to really personalize “your” files.

Scanners Workshop[edit | edit source]

Before you upload your pictures or documents to your flash drive, or to Family Search, they must be digitized. This class will teach you how to use the scanners at the Center to digitize your material, including slides, pictures and negatives. You will also learn how to scan a book, or multi-page documents.

Swedish Research:[edit | edit source]

Two Swedish Research classes are offered-Part 1 and Part 2.  It is strongly recommended that both classes are attended in order.  The material is not duplicated.  There will be both instruction and computer “hands on” time plus handouts and worksheets.

Part 1  

The topics covered include; a Brief History of Sweden, Geography and land divisions, key words you must know, helps to “cross the pond” back to Sweden, naming customs, and three ways to access the Swedish Church Records for FREE.  A practice exercise including some handwriting helps will also be included.

Part 2 

The topics covered include: Using the Wiki in FamilySearch, Maps are a must, using birth, christening, banns, marriage, death and burial records and why you need them, the importance of Clerical Surveys plus hints for using them, and how to convert Feast Dates to Calendar Dates. Finally, you will learn the research process using all of these free records to compile a real family.

Why keep a Data Base?[edit | edit source]

Since FamilySearch has a tree, we learn why we need to keep a database. There are many different types of Genealogical databases. A Database can keep the information you want on a living relative (your children.) A Database can keep photo memories of living and dead. A Database cannot be changed by anyone but you. A Database is private, only changed by you, and is kept safe from others. It is also a place to keep notes that you don’t want anyone else to see. Learn how to tag to keep private information private. There are free and cost wise databases that interface with Family Tree to easily move information back and forth. Learn when to Backup/Restore, Import/Export, and what “save as” is for. Learn when to use a flash drive and well as learn more terminology.

Wiki Training[edit | edit source]

Have you heard of Wikipedia? Family Search has created a resource guide to help you find what information is available in the place you are looking for your ancestor called simply the WIKI.

I can look for the state or country or county my ancestor lived in and see what is recommended for finding a record about my ancestor. Can it really be this simple? They have had these as printed guides for many years, but now because the collections online change so quickly they have created a site where you can go to see the latest and greatest information about, well almost anything genealogy oriented. We have 21 computers available for you to start learning what is available for you to find that hidden record about your ancestor. Come join in our workshop after the class.

Write your own history[edit | edit source]

Suggestions on what to include in your life history and how to get started. 52 Questions to consider.


Center Resources[edit | edit source]


Collections[edit | edit source]

  • Our center has approx 1000 films on indefinite loan and 3 drawers of micro fiche.

Databases and Software[edit | edit source]

  • 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[edit | edit source]

  • 27 computers; 2 High volume printers and a Scanner/copier; Flat bed scanner for scanning Pictures, Negatives & Slide; ScanSnap Scanner for scanning normal documents, pictures, and books. Scans much faster than the flatbed; 1 Microfiche Reader;
  • 1 microfilm reader, Microfilm reader/scanner for printing or saving film images. A 55" teaching TV.

Center Services[edit | edit source]

We are equipped to handle group visits of up to 15 people. Group leaders need to come into the FHC at least 2 weeks prior to the visit, and get a packet so that their group can be prepared for a successful visit. Please call Cathy Riley, 801-541-3208, to reserve a date and time for your visit.

Staff Research Specialties[edit | edit source]


Resources in the Local Area[edit | edit source]

Hurricane Heritage Museum: This museum has histories, stories and pictures of the settling of the community of Hurricane, and surrounding communities. There are family histories there, and many books written for the purpose of explaining the history of Hurricane. It has some artifacts of pioneer vintage.


Links[edit | edit source]

  • FamilySearch Research Wiki: What It Can Do For You!: A comprehensive video presentation explaining the Wiki, navigating it, and some especially useful pages. Case studies demonstrate using the Wiki for genealogical research. Editing and adding articles to the Wiki are covered.

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Volunteer at the Center[edit | edit source]

  • If you would like to be a volunteer on the Staff, call and we will set up an appointment for an interview.