FamilySearch Center - Joseph Smith Memorial Building

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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 FamilySearch Center opened in 1993 and is housed in the restored Joseph Smith Memorial Building, once the grand Hotel Utah. This building is next to Temple Square. It not only captures the elegant craftsmanship and beauty of times past, it now carries messages of how important the past is to the future.

The FamilySearch Center is a place for tourists and locals to discover, preserve and share their past. Free assistance is available to seek out Ellis Island records, pioneer ancestry, and millions of records from many nations throughout the world at

Be our guests in a fun and learning atmosphere where knowledgeable FamilySearch staff will welcome and assist you in uncovering your ancestors and build your family tree.

Center Contacts and Hours

Location & Map

Address: 15 East South Temple Street, Main Floor                                                                                               Salt Lake City, Utah 84150-0401

The FamilySearch Center is located on the main floor of the Joseph Smith Memorial Building, adjacent to Temple Square.

Parking Information

Google Map for instructions how to get there.

Phone: 1-801-240-4085


Open Hours:     Mon – Fri 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 pm
                         Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
                         Sunday Closed

Holiday Schedule: 

Independence Day (7/4/2013) Closed
TSQ Hospitality Special Closure (7/8/2013) 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Pioneer Day (7/24/2013) Closed
Labor Day (9/2/2013) Closed
Conference – Oct (10/5/2013) 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Halloween (10/31/2013) 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Thanksgiving (11/26) 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
(11/27) 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
(11/28) Closed
(11/29) Closed
(11/30) 1 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Pre-Holiday Hours (12/16/2013) 1 p.m. – 9 p.m.
(12/17/2013) 1 p.m. – 9 p.m.
(12/18/2013) 1 p.m. – 9 p.m.
(12/19/2013) 1 p.m. – 9 p.m.
(12/20/2013) 1 p.m. – 9 p.m.
(12/21/2013) 1 p.m. – 9 p.m.
(12/23/2013) 1 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Christmas Eve (12/24/2013) Closed
Christmas Day (12/25/2013) Closed
Post-Holiday Hours (12/26/2013) 1 p.m. – 9 p.m.
(12/27/2013) 1 p.m. – 9 p.m.
(12/28/2013) 1 p.m. – 9 p.m.
(12/30/2013) 1 p.m. – 9 p.m.
New Year’s Eve (12/31/2013) 1 p.m. – 11 p.m.
New Year’s Day (1/1/2014) Closed

Center Resources

Databases and Software

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.

These resources include:

19th Century British Newspapers
Newspaper Archives
Alexander Street Press (American Civil War Collections) (Family History Library Edition)
ArkivDigital Online
The Genealogist
Godfrey Memorial Library
HeritageQuest Online
Historic Map Works (Library Edition)
Paper Trail, A Guide to Overland Pioneer Names and Documents

Center Services

Children's Area – Join your children in a variety of fun activities to help discover your past. Go on scavenger hunts, do a tombstone rubbing, design your personal coat of arms, translate a message written in hieroglyphics, and more.

Group Space – Let our expert facilitators guide you through a dynamic experience in family history or lead your own group. We can accommodate groups of all sizes. It’s a great place for tour, family, Scout, youth, or other groups. For reservations, call 1-801-240-4673.

Ellis Island Pier – Walk along the pier at our Ellis Island display, and pose for a free souvenir photograph.

Records of Our Lives Exhibits – Learn about the impact that records and record keeping have made throughout the ages as you browse this interactive exhibit. The exhibit is split into three sections: Records of the Ancient Past: 4000 B.C. – A.D. 800, Records of the Middle Ages: A.D. 800 – A.D. 1500 and Records of the Common Man: A.D. 1500 – Present.

Family Search Stations – Discover, preserve and share your family history with the assistance of helpful volunteers. Enjoy free access to family history subscription websites, and receive information on steps you can take to continue your research when you return home.

Five-Minute Challenge Kiosk – Visitors can learn how to find an ancestor’s record in five minutes. This challenge is also available in ten languages: Chinese, Japanese, Korean, French, Spanish, German, Portuguese, Russian, English and Swedish.

Resources in the Local Area

Aside from the FamilySearch Center, the Joseph Smith Memorial Building offers numerous other resources such as fine dining, catering, weddings, business gatherings, family gatherings, tours and a rich history for all to learn. Come to the FamilySearch Center to get a 10% off coupon for the restaurants and facilities listed below:

• The Roof Restaurant
• The Garden Restaurant
• Nauvoo Café
• Wedding Reception Facility
• Joseph Smith Memorial Building Catering
Visit Historic Temple Square
• Lion House Pantry


Temple Square Hospitality Joseph Smith Memorial Building

Temple Square

Chamber of Commerce

City Creek Development

Deseret News

The Downtown Alliance

The Leonardo Museum

The Utah Skyline Recreation Guide

Utah Tour Guide Association

US Hop-on Hop-Off Bus

Volunteer at the Center

FamilySearch Center is staffed by missionaries from the Family and Church History Headquarters Mission.


Coordinator: Elder Karren
Local: (801) 240-5892 Toll Free: (800) 453-3860 ext. 2-5892

The Family and Church History Headquarters Mission in Salt Lake City, Utah offers 12, 18, and 23 month opportunities for full-time senior missionaries and full-time live-at-home missionaries. Church service missionaries also serve in this mission. Most assignments require some computer or research skills. Experience with family history and genealogy software programs is helpful. Second language skills could also be helpful, but are not required.