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Spanish Fork 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 Spanish Fork Utah Family History Center is dedicated to providing education and support for the family history community in the Spanish Fork area. The Family History Center is open to the public, who are invited to use the resources free of charge. Anyone interested in learning more about their family history, including doing research to find ancestors, is welcome and encouraged to come to the center.Trained volunteers are available during Center hours and by appointment to assist patrons.

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Center Contacts and Hours[edit | edit source]

Location Map:

Address:

  • 420 South Main Spanish Fork UT 84660 United States
  • The Spanish Fork Utah Family History Center is located at 420 South Main St in Spanish Fork, next to the Nebo School District Offices.

Phone:

  • 1 801-798- 5535

E-mail:

  • UT_Spanishfork@ldsmail.net


Open Hours:

  • Monday         9am - 6pm
  • Tuesday        9am - 9pm 
  • Wednesday   9am - 9pm
  • Thursday      9am -  9pm
  • Friday           9am - 6pm
  • Sunday     2:30pm - 5pm (CLOSED ON FAST SUNDAYS)


Closed for Holidays, General Conference and Saturdays.

To arrange for Group Instruction Call: 801-798-5535.

Walk in groups over 5 must call to make an appointment.

On Tuesdays and Fridays, the FHC will offer child care from 9:30-11:30 for children 5 and under. In order to keep things organized we ask you to reserve your spot with Sister Melissa Miller at 801-602-0310. We are so excited to offer this new service to our patrons.

Training Video[edit | edit source]

  • Signing Up for Free Partner Accounts

Calendar and Events[edit | edit source]

Class Schedule[edit | edit source]

Everyone is welcome.

         DATE

TOPIC INSTRUCTOR
FRI

Jun 7

10 am

Beginning FamilySearch Class

Research

Child care available during this class. To reserve a spot see above.

Debbie Shell
SUN

Jun 9

3 pm

How To Involve The Whole Family In Family History!

This is a repeat of a very popular class held at our Family Discovery Day in February!  Taught by our wonderfully creative Bonnie Dixon!

Bonnie Dixon
THURS

Jun 13

6:30 pm

ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS BEGINNING FAMILY HISTORY CLASS! Where to begin for Beginners?!

Taught by our own Family History Whiz Denise Irwin!

Denise Irwin
FRI

Jun 14

10 am

Beginning FamilySearch Class

Descendancy

Child care available during this class. To reserve a spot see above.

Debbie Shell
FRI

Jun 21

NO BEGINNING FAMILYSEARCH CLASS
SUN

Jun 23

3 pm

YOUTH TEMPLE AND FAMILY HISTORY CONSULTANT TRAINING CLASS!

I’ve been called to be a what?!  What a Youth Consultants is and what you need to know about your calling!  Any youth interested are invited to attend even if you are not currently called as a Consultant!

Taught by our own Family History Whiz Denise Irwin!

Denise Irwin
THURS

Jun 27

6:30 pm

ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS INTERMEDIATE FAMILY HISTORY CLASS! What Seek Ye? Where to find information about those who have passed on.

Taught by our own Family History Whiz Denise Irwin!

Denise Irwin
FRI

Jun 28

10 am

Beginning FamilySearch Class

Web Indexing

Child care available during this class. To reserve a spot see above.

Debbie Shell
SUN

Jun 30

3 pm

YOUTH TEMPLE AND FAMILY HISTORY CONSULTANT TRAINING CLASS!

I’ve been called to be a what?!  What a Youth Consultants is and what you need to know about your calling!  Any youth interested are invited to attend even if you are not currently called as a Consultant!

Taught by our own Family History Whiz Denise Irwin!

Denise Irwin
SUN

July 7

3 pm

YOUTH TEMPLE AND FAMILY HISTORY CONSULTANT TRAINING CLASS!

I’ve been called to be a what?!  What a Youth Consultants is and what you need to know about your calling!  Any youth interested are invited to attend even if you are not currently called as a Consultant!

Taught by our own Family History Whiz Denise Irwin!

Denise Irwin
THURS July 18

6:30 pm

Online On Demand Publishing: A Modern Day Miracle! How To Self Publish Your Family History & Life Stories!

Taught by our own expert Online Publisher, Robert Lewis.

Robert Lewis
SUN

July 21

3 pm

Family History For The Crazy Busy Life!

Come learn from our local super-star Olivia Jewell who will show you simple, clever and creative ways to incorporate Family History into your life!  Olivia was one of our presenters at Discovery Day and has also taught at RootsTech.  

Olivia Jewell
TUES

Sept 10

10:00 to 11:30 am

Life Story Writing

Every Tuesday listen to a writing idea presented in class and bring a story or just come and listen to other stories to be inspired. This class will start up again Sept. 10

Teri Denos

Center Resources:[edit | edit source]

Collections[edit | edit source]

    • The largest collection of Icelandic records in the United States
    • A large collection of Family History Books

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.
    • 19th Centry British Library Newspaper Digital Archive
    • Access Newspaper Archive
    • Alexander Street Press - The American Civil War
    • Ancestry.com
    • ArkivDigital Online - Swedish Genealogy
    • Findmypast
    • Fold3.com (previously known as Footnote.com)
    • The Genealogist
    • Godfrey Memorial Library
    • Hertiage Quest Online
    • Historic Map Works Library Edition
    • Paper Trail
    • World Vital Records

Hardware and Equipment[edit | edit source]

19 computer work stations
2 Black & white printers
1 reader printer
4 Film readers
3 Microfiche readers
Edson Fast Photo Scanner

Center Services:[edit | edit source]

Staff Research Specialties for All shifts Family Search and Tree & Indexing[edit | edit source]

Family History Staff and Shift Research

Staff Members[edit | edit source]
Olsen, Elizabeth Area Temple & Family History Consultant
Olsen, Royden Area Temple & Family History Consultant
Moore, Bob FHC Temple & Family History Consultant -- Director
Moore, Irene FHC Temple & Family History Consultant -- Assistant Director
Kent Jex FHC Temple & Family History Consultant -- Assistant Director
Mary Jex FHC Temple & Family History Consultant -- Assistant Director
Barry Whitaker FHC Temple & Family History Consultant -- Assistant Director
Beth Whitaker FHC Temple & Family History Consultant -- Assistant Director
Teri Denos FHC Temple & Family History Consultant -- Assistant Director
Dixon, Bonnie FHC Temple & Family History Consultant -- Assistant Director
Helms, Steve FHC Temple & Family History Consultant -- Assistant Director
Irwin, Denise FHC Temple & Family History Consultant -- Assistant Director
Shell, Debbie FHC Temple & Family History Consultant -- Assistant Director
Miller, Melissa Nursery
Walters, Gary Technical Support
Parker, Tara Social Media Specialist
Family History Specialist and When they are at the Family History Center[edit | edit source]
Amos, Jannine W 12N - 3PM Ancestry, Family Search, & USA Research
Aust, Clea F 3PM - 6PM USA Research and British Research
Banks, Pat M 12N - 3 PM USA Research
Chapman, Lynn Th 12N - 3 PM Beginning
Denos, Teri Th 9AM - 12N England, DNA, Life Story Writing, Family Tree and Memories APP
Freeman, Janet F 9AM - 12N Family Tree & Find-a-Grave
Gardner, Pat W 9AM - 12N USA Research and Roots Magic on MAC
Groberg, Debbie M 9AM - 12N USA Research
Hanson, Jeanie W 12PM - 3PM FamilySearch, Memories, "All the Stories" APP
Hewett, Rochelle M 3PM - 6PM England and Italian Research
Irwin, Denise W 10AM - 2 PM USA and Canada Research, plus knowledgeable in many other areas
Johnson, John T 6PM - 9PM Icelandic and Indexing, Beginning Research Tools
Juchau, Vern T 3PM - 6PM French Research, Descendancy Temple Ordinances, Indexing
Knight, Ken Th 3PM - 6PM Indexing, U.S. Midwest, Southeast, & Northeast
Knight, Shari Th 3PM - 6PM United States, FamilySearch, Finding Sources
Leifson, June T 9AM - 12N Icelandic Research
Lewis, Robert F 9AM - 12N USA Southern, Ancestral Quest, & Book Publishing
Lindstrom, Bob F 9AM - 12N FamilySearch basics, Ancestry basics, Take a name app, Indexing
Mellor, Tara Th 3PM - 6PM Scout Merit Badge
Mikesell, Jenni & Mike T 6-9 pm German Research
Miller, Melissa T 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM Free Nursery! Also Dutch Research by appointment
O'Gwin, Marilyn M 9 AM - 12 N FamilySearch
Reynolds, Theresa W 9AM - 12N Puzzilla
Robertson, Ina T 6PM - 9PM    Th 6PM - 9PM Netherlands and RootsMagic
Sagers, Pat M 9AM - 12N USA Research, Scotland and Canada
Shell, Debbie T 9AM - 12N    T 12N - 3PM T 3PM - 6PM USA Research, FamilySearch, Memories and Sources, and Indexing
Smith, Jill T 9AM - 12N Family History Center Director, and Mid-west USA, Ancestry
Smith, Norman T 3PM - 6PM U.S. Census
Stout, Doreen M 3PM - 6PM Roots Magic, US Research in FamilySearch or Ancestry
Stout, Jim M 3PM - 6PM Roots Magic
Vogt, JoLayne F 3PM - 6PM USA Research
Walters, Gary F 12N - 3PM FamilySearch

Resources in the Local Area[edit | edit source]

Resources Outside Local Area[edit | edit source]

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Links[edit | edit source]

2017 Discovery Days Handouts:[edit | edit source]

National Links:[edit | edit source]

Other Family History and Library Centers and Resources[edit | edit source]


Volunteer at the Center - Come join our Staff[edit | edit source]

We are looking for those with computer skills and are familiar with Family Search and Family History.


Family Search Blog[edit | edit source]

A terrific resource to keep up on what is going on and available in Family Search FamilySearch Blog

Let’s Get Acquainted with the Family Search Wiki (WIK-ee)[edit | edit source]

Family Search users don’t always think to look at this valuable tool because they aren’t sure what it is and how valuable it can be to our research efforts.  So, in Family Search’s words: “The FamilySearch Wiki is not about finding the names of your ancestors. It is not, in fact, about finding people at all.

  • The Wiki is about finding records that may have been generated about your ancestors and the places in which the records might be found
    *It is a vast record depository of the paper trail that people leave behind long after they are gone.
    *The Wiki has records from the United States as well as from 244 countries.
    *Here you will be able to find documents such as census records, marriage records, birth records and death records and much more.
    *Probate documents are often very informative and may help you in your search. There is an extensive list of United States military records on the Wiki .”

Recently a friend in Illinois went into the FamilySearch Wiki and found phone numbers for the Surrogate Court in New York that held wills. She found six missing wills!

Take time to explore the opening page of this site there are tutuorials and examples and lots of help in learning the Wiki. Got stuck in your research? Look to the Wiki for help. How do I find the FamilySearch Wiki?

  • Familysearch.org Search (drop down menu) Wiki
    *(open FamilySearch.org and go to Search at top of page which will give you a drop down menu and then click on Wiki)
    *How to Use the Wiki -- Wiki_Help
    *About the Wiki -- Find an ancestor using the wiki

Family Search Apps for Smart Phones and Tablets[edit | edit source]

FamilySearch Apps

Family Search Hacks to Help Find Temple Names Faster[edit | edit source]

5 FamilySearch Hacks

Unreserved Reservations after Two Years[edit | edit source]

Unreserving Reservations After Two Years