Mapleton 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.
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Center Contacts and Hours

Location and Map:

Address: 1215 N. 1000 W. Mapleton, Utah. (Enter on the Southwest corner of the building.)

Click Here for a Map to the Mapleton Utah Family History Center

Phone: 801-489-2999


Open Hours:

Monday: 10 AM to 1 PM

Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday: 10 AM to 4 PM and 7 - 9 PM

Sunday: 5 - 8 PM


Calendar and Events

Upcoming Events

2014 Family Activity Program
Register your children online as Ancestor Detectives to participate in this year's family activity program. Engage your children in family history through a fun, motivational game. To register or download the Ancestor Detective Assignment Book, click on the links below:
Click here to register your children for the Mapleton Family History Activity
Click here to download the Ancestor Detective Assignment Book

Free Annual Family History Fair: 1 March 2014. 
Reserve the date for the center's biggest and best annual opportunity to update your family history skills in this all-day event with free lunch. This year's theme is "Me and My Tree—Family History for Everyone." Jeff Hawkins, product manager of FamilySearch Family Tree will give our keynote address. Other notable instructors include Tim Cross, product manager for FamilySearch; Brad Young, product manager of FamilySearch Photos and Stories; Todd Powell, manager of Family Tree mobile app; and Bruce Buzbee, president of RootsMagic. These and other experienced family history instructors will present over twenty classes this year, including a special course designed specifically for high priest group leaders and a track especially for youth. For those who attended in the past, we will be at a new venue this year, Mapleton North Stake Center, 475 North 1600 West (Highway 89), Mapleton, Utah.
Click here to see the 2014 class schedule
Click here to see the 2014 Fair Poster
Click here for a map to the Mapleton North Stake Center
Click here to see the 2014 class handouts
Click here to see the Mapleton North Stake Center layout
Click here to download a collection of family history pages for children

     Monthly Consultants Meeting: 1 May 2014 at 7:00 p.m.

If you have a family history calling or are a high priest group leader, join us for training, inspiration, encouragement, and treats.

     Super Scanner Days: 15, 16, 17 May 2014

Due to overwhelming demand in April, a second round of scanning is scheduled for May. The FamilySearch High Speed Scanner is once again coming to the Mapleton Family History Center for a limited time. The scanner is capable of scanning approximately 700 photos per hour. Sign up sheets will be available beginning April 21st at the Mapleton Family History Center.

Class Schedules

Check our class schedule for a current list of classes below. We have classes on many Sunday and Thursday nights. We also have classes on some weekdays during the daytime. Check back frequently for updated schedules as we add new classes. For class suggestions contact class coordinator Guy Black-

April 2014 Mapleton Family History Center Class Schedule
Date Time Class Description Teacher

April 1

10:30 AM Using the FamilySearch Wiki An introduction to using this invaluable resource to further your family history research. James Baird

April 3

7:00 PM Consultant Training Training for Mapleton & Mapleton North Stake Family History Consultants, High Priest Group Leaders, and Center Staff Charlie and Patti Coombs

April 6



April 10

7:00 PM Effective Use of the Steve Morse Website This website allows for searching passenger lists, many censuses, selected city records, and some UK and Canadian records using criteria that search only targeted information. See how to sync this search engine to
Barbara Starkey

April 13

6:00 PM Copyright Law
Learn what you can and cannot post to FamilySearch Family Tree. An introduction to the basics of copyright law for genealogists. Guy Black

April 15

10:30 AM Beginning Genealogy on FamilySearch Much has changed in family history during the last two years. If you have not been involved in genealogy recently, this class is your opportunity to start finding out about the basics of finding your ancestors today. James Baird

April 16

1:30 PM Using Source Tracker on Is your family tree on FamilySearch adequately sourced? Find out using this simple internet tool. John and Laurel Francis

April 17

7:00 PM Beginning Research in 19th-century England Come learn how to start researching your English ancestors Janice Scott

April 20

EASTER. No classes


April 24

7:00 PM Online Swedish Parish Records Learn where to find and how to use online Swedish Parish Records, including Birth, Marriage, Death/Burial, Moving-In, Moving-Out, and Household Examination records. The class will cover basic Swedish terminology and teach you to conduct parish research and attach records to Family Tree even if you cannot speak Swedish. This is a beginner's class. Guy Black

April 27

7:00 PM Youth Class: The Search for Lost Souls and Buried Records A class designed especially for youth; pirate-themed family history. Bring your children and grandchildren to this evening of swashbuckling genealogy fun, Mateys.
Lisa Sommerfeldt

April 29

10:30 AM Writing and Adding a Story to FamilySearch Family Tree Learn the basics of properly preserving your ancestors' histories on Family Tree James Baird

April 30

1:30 PM Solve the Puzzle of Descendancy Research An overview of how to use in coordination with FamilySearch Family Tree to find family names to take to the temple. John and Laurel Francis

May 2014 Mapleton Family History Center Class Schedule
Date Time Class Description Teacher
Thursday May 1

Consultant Training
Training for Mapleton & Mapleton North Stake Family History Consultants, High Priest Group Leaders, and Center Staff
Charlie and Patti Coombs

May 4

6:00 PM German Handwriting Learn the basics of reading German handwriting Joe Everett

May 6

10:30 AM Finding and Adding Sources to FamilySearch Family Tree Sources are the foundation of good family history research. Learn how to find sources on FamilySearch and attach them to your ancestors' pages on Family Tree. James Baird

May 8

7:00 PM Adding a non-FamilySearch Source to Family Tree
Bring a source document (birth certificate, obituary, etc.) to attach to an ancestor. We'll walk you through the process of converting your document to digital format and help you attach it to Family Tree. This is a hands-on computer class, not a lecture.
Guy Black

May 11

6:00 PM MOTHERS DAY. No classes.


May 14

1:30 PM Reserving Names for Temple Work Learn the process of reserving names for temple work and discover the rules about who you can and cannot take to the temple. John and Laurel Francis

May 15

7:00 PM Online is Not the Only Option: Effective Use of Microfilm & Fiche Online searches are not the only option for family history. Learn how to access microfilm and fiche, when to use them, how to search for them, and how to order them. See examples of how to use them to further your family history and add to the resources available online. Amberly Beck

May 18

6:00 PM Descendancy Research
Learn why we do descendancy research, how to do it, and techniques for finding a good spot on your family tree that will yield results for temple names
Amberly Beck

May 20

10:30 AM Preserving Your Legacy by Recording Your History Perhaps your most important family history task is to do yourself what your descendants cannot do. Writing your own history is a task best done by you. Learn how best to preserve your legacy for future generations James Baird

May 22

7:00 PM The Genealogical Proof Standard Join us as we outline a process accepted by professional genealogists as the gold standard in proving our trees. Learn the difference between primary and secondary evidence, original and derivative sources, and direct and indirect evidence. A class for beginning genealogists and those who want to learn how to prove their lines. Class participation with practical examples. Guy Black

May 25

6:00 PM A Comprehensive Guide to Military Records Join a veteran family history researcher as she shares her guide to learning about your ancestors from military records Barbara Starkey

May 27

10:30 AM Using Online Newspapers for Family History One infrequently-used resource for family history is the rapidly-expanding collection of searchable digitized newspapers available for online research. Join us to discover how to tapped this resource to further your genealogy. James Baird

May 28

1:30 PM Adding Sources to Family Tree Learn how to find and add sources to FamilySearch Family Tree.
John and Laurel Francis

May 29

7:00 PM Blogging for Beginners Learn how blogging can help you advance your family history. Learn how to set up a free blog and create posts. This class will focus on the basics of using Wordpress as your blogging format. Amberly Beck

June 2014 Mapleton Family History Center Class Schedule
Date Time Class Description Teacher

June 1

6:00 PM Family History: 15 Minutes at a Time
Have you avoided working on Family History because of time factors? This class will focus on specific strategies to break family history projects into manageable bites. We will discuss how to pick up and put down projects without wasting time remembering where you ended and thus be able to use the time you do have to accomplish more actual work
Patti Coombs


June 5

7:00 PM Consultant Training Training for Mapleton and Mapleton North Stake Family History Consultants, High Priest Group Leaders, and Center Staff Charlie and Patti Coombs

June 10

  10:30 AM Sources Tell the Real Story
If you have been frustrated with user-introduced errors in FamilySearch Family Tree, you are not alone. This class will help attendees understand how to reach proper conclusions and properly document their ancestors' dates and places so that we can all benefit from better data in Family Tree.
Laurie Whiting

June 12

7:00 PM Federal Census Records An overview of the information found on each census, with an emphasis on the most helpful census questions. Case studies illustrate how the census can help you grow your tree and identify missing family members. Amberly Beck

June 15

6:00 PM FATHERS DAY. No classes


June 17

10:30 AM Keeping it all Straight: Suggestions for Organizing Family History Research An exploration of ideas for using both online and hard copy methods for keeping family history research organized. Laurie Whiting

June 22

6:00 PM Web-Based Family Search Partner Products
Did you know that there are a variety of internet sites that provide useful tools for FamilySearch Family Tree? If you have never heard of Rootsmapper, Pandora's Hope Chest, CreateFan, Puzzilla, Tree Connect, iLived, or Leaf, then do not miss this class for an overview of what is available. Get a basic introduction to each of these products. Guy Black

June 29

6:00 PM Publishing Family Histories: Traditional vs. Online On overview of the means, benefits, challenges, and costs of publishing a family history. The class compares and contrasts traditional publishing with online print-on-demand publishing and demonstrates the process of publishing a book online. Guy Black

July 2014 Mapleton Family History Center Class Schedule
Date Time Class Description Teacher

July 6

6:00 PM Basic Photo Editing
Learn how to improve your family history photographs using basic photo editing techniques. The class will cover image cropping, color correction, image enhancement, simple photograph repairs, and adding metadata. Ken Cox

July 8

10:30 AM They're Not Names, They're People: Bringing Ancestors to Life Through Stories and Photos Rather than a class on using Photos and Stories in FamilySearch Family Tree, this class will explore ways to put stories and photos together to turn the hearts of those who have not yet taken the plunge into family history. Laurie Whiting

July 13

6:00 PM U U U

July 20

6:00 PM U U U

July 24

PIONEER DAY. Center Closed.


July 27

6:00 PM U U

Miscellaneous Classes How to Use our Scanners at the FHC (by appt. only) email Guy Black for a Wednesday night appointment at

To be on a class notification email list email Guy Black at

For class suggestions email the class coordinator Guy Black at

Center Resources


Family History Library Catalog: This center has the ability to order any of the films and fiche available through the Family History Library Catalog.
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Databases and Software

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

We have 17 personal computers and 2 laser printer-copier-scanners with Duplex scanning capability.
We have 2 Epson Perfection V500 photo, slide and document plate scanners.
We have a Millenniata M-Writer archival disc writer and discs available for purchase for $3 each.
We have readers & printers for both microfiche & microfilm research.
We have an extensive collection of microfiche and specific microfilms ordered by our patrons.
Call our phone number listed above to determine if we have a microfilm you are seeking.

Center Services

Staff Research Specialties

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Resources in the Local Area

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Springville-Mapleton Pioneer Museum

175 South Main Street, springville, Utah 84663 (801)491-2076

Spanish Fork Daughters of Utah Pioneers Museum

390 North Main Street, Spanish Fork, Utah 84660 (801)360-0117


City of Mapleton
City of Springville
City of Spanish Fork
City of Provo
Utah County - Utah

Volunteer at the Center

We are always looking for volunteers to help staff our center. We welcome all enthusiatic family historians, regardless of experience or expertise. Even if you have no prior experience as a consultant, we can pair you with experienced consultants until you feel comfortable and trained in the consultant role.
We need consultants for any of our shifts, but have special needs during the day on Thursdays and on Tuesday afternoons. We would also like to open the center on Friday mornings in the future.