Orem Utah Sunset Heights Family History Center

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Our Family History Center serves patrons in the three stake area of Cherry Hill, Lakeview and Sunset Heights. The location is adjacent to Utah Valley University and across from Krispy Kreme Donuts. The staff pride themselves on ONE-ON-ONE help. Staff have, or are currently serving as consultants with BYU's Regional Center, the Regional Family History Training Center, Family History Library and FamilySearch Support.

Center Contacts and Hours


Location Map:


E-mail: <a href="mailto:ut_oremsunsetheights@ldsmail.net">ut_oremsunsetheights@ldsmail.net</a>

Check out our webpage: http://sunsetheightsfhc.wordpress.com/


Open Hours:

  • Monday - Friday 10 am to 4 pm,
  • Tuesday & Wednesday: 6:30 pm to 9 pm.
  • Saturday 10 am to 1 pm
  • (Call after 8pm. If no patrons are at center Staff may close the center.)

Group Reservation: E-mail or Contact the Director, Marilyn Thomsen 801-787-8086

Holiday Schedule: .

  • Closed General Conference – Saturday April 6. 2013
  • Closed Memorial - Monday May 27, 2013
  • Closed Independence Day - Thursday July 4, 2013
  • Closed Pioneer Day - Wed. July 24, 2013
  • Closed Labor Day - Monday September 2, 2013
  • Closed General Conference – Saturday, October 6, 2013
  • Closed Thanksgiving - Thursday thru Saturday, November 21, 22, 23
  • Closed Christmas and New Years - Monday, December 16 thru Monday, January 2, 2014.  There will be no classes scheduled at the Sunset Heights Tri-stake Family History Center in the month of December. 
  • Closed Martin Luther King Day - Monday January 20, 2014


Calendar and Events.

Upcoming Classes

All classes taught at Sunset Heights FHC.

There will always be Family Tree training on every shift. Family Tree is now up and running on FamilySearch. Sign-in using your LDS registration information.

FEBRUARY Clases -- For the Love of Family


Census Research 1                                                                 Tues., Feb 26 at 7 pm
Instructor - Marilyn Thomsen Class Description: Censuses are the back bone of U. S. Research. This introductory class will explain what census are, where to find them, tricks and traps for beginners to avoid.


Family History Writing Class                                       Every Wednesday at 3 pm starting February 6th.
Henry Miles will teach a fun approach to writing your family history in “one experience essays.” To prepare for class, attendees should choose one experience to write about and come to class prepared to relate that experience orally. 

This class will be taught every week, same day and time. You are encouraged to come as many times as you want to gain the skill necessary to create an interesting and readable record of your family’s history. Brother Miles techniques involve a lot of class participation and will make the writing task easier and more efficient. He will help edit your work and aid you into eventually turning them into a book if you desire.

 MARCH Classes-- The Search is On
Our Focus this year is to teach you how to use the many tools found on FamilySearch.

  • You can come in for help with Family Tree whenever we are open and no classes are scheduled!!
  • Every Wednesday at 3 pm - Family History Writing Class - Henry Miles will teach a fun approach to writing your family history in “one experience essays.” To prepare for class, attendees should choose one experience to write about and come to class prepared to relate that experience orally.
  • Tues., Mar 5 at 4 pm and Thurs., Mar 7 at 7 pm - FS – Library Catalog/ Ordering & viewing microfilms/fiche  When on-line research doesn't help anymore where do you go? Useful helps for using the FamilySearch library Catalog. 
  • Tues., Mar 19 at 7pm and Fri., Mar 22 at 3 pm - Ancestry.com 3 - Learn about military records, Public Member trees, Biographies and Histories, Newspapers, and Ancestry's Learning Center.
  • Tues., Mar 26 at 7 pm Census Research 2 Tools - Learn to analyze information found in census. This class also will introduce some tools that can help effective use of this important record source.
  • Thurs., March 28 at 7 pm Ward Consultant Training

Sunset Heights Family History Center
1260 S. 400 W Orem UT - 801-222-0455
Days: MTWTF 10 am-4pm; Eve. T/W &1st Th - 6:30 pm-9:00; Sat 10 am-1pm
Check out our webpage: http://sunsetheightsfhc.wordpress.com/

Future Class Schedule:

<a href="http://sunsetheightsfhc.wordpress.com/">Click here</a> to see our Blog.  

Staff Training Meetings

  • Second Tuesday evening each month at 7 pm.

Center Resources


  • <a href="https://www.familysearch.org/#form=catalog">Family History Library Catalog:</a> This center has the ability to order any of the films and fiche available through the Family History Library Catalog.
  • (List additional collections you have such as the types of books and microfilm you have on indefinite loan; though you will not want to list every single item you have. Just give visitors to this page a general idea of your resources.)

Databases and Software

  • <a href="http://fhc.familysearch.org/">FHC Portal:</a> 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.
  • Record managment programs: Legacy, Rootsmagic, Ancestral Quest, Family Tree Maker, PAF, FamilyInsight
  • Pedigree Resource File discs 1-145
  • Microfilms and microfiche
  • Scanner and Photoshop software
  • Map My family Tree, PAF Companion
  • AniMap Software.
  • Nauvoo Database
  • Mormon Immigration Vital Record Database
  • Books to assist research such as: Sources, Red Book, Philmont Parish Register,

Hardware and Equipment

  • Microfilm and microfiche reader
  • 12 computers with access to familysearch.org portal
  • Wireless internet access with plugs and room for tables and access for up to 30 laptops

Center Services

Staff Research Specialties

Powerpoint presentations for Boy Scout Merit Badge

Classes for Young Women, Merry Miss Groups

FamilySearch Support Specialists

Research Help:

  • Czech
  • Denmark
  • England/British Isles
  • German
  • French
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Polish
  • Quebec
  • Romanian
  • Scotland
  • Spanish/Central America
  • Swedish
  • Switzerland
  • Wales
  • LDS Research
  • U. S. New England, Mid South, Southern

Resources in the Local Area

BYU Family History Regional Center, Orem Library, Utah Valley University.


(Include links to other websites of interest to those who visit your center such as links to the city, county and state wiki pages where your center is located.)

Volunteer at the Center

Seeking Volunteers able to serve on Saturdays and in the evening. Also a wiki blogger and a computer