Orem Utah Sunset Heights 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 Orem Utah Sunset Heights Multi-Stake Family History Center

We serve patrons in the four stake area of Cherry Hill, Lakeview, Sunset Heights and Vineyard. The location is adjacent to Utah Valley University.

We offer:
• One-on-one assistance
• Free access to subscription websites
• Classes on Family Tree, FamilySearch, subscription websites and various research topics

Center Contacts and Hours Location

  • Address: 1260 South 400 West, Orem, Utah
  • Ring bell to gain access. Get a parking pass from center for use before 3 pm.

E-mail: ut_oremsunsetheights@ldsmail.net

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

Open Hours:

  • Monday, Thursday and Friday: 10 am to 4 pm
  • Tuesday and Wednesday: 10 am to 4 pm and 6:30 pm to 9 pm

(Call after 8pm. If no patrons are at center, staff may close the center.)

Group Reservation: Contact or email Directors: Cheryl and Ken Fugal, 801-221-4774, clfugal@gmail.com

Holiday Schedule:

  • Closed for Christmas and New Years - Monday, December 16 thru Wednesday, January 1, 2014 
  • Closed Martin Luther King Day - Monday January 20, 2014
  • Closed General Conference - Saturday April 5, 1014
  • Closed Preidents Day - Monday, February 17, 2014
  • Closed General Conference – Saturday, April 5, 1014
  • Closed Memorial Day weekend - Saturday, May 24 and Monday May 26, 2014
  • Closed Independence Day – Friday, July 4, and Saturday July 5, 2014
  • Closed Pioneer Day – Thursday, July 24
  • Closed Labor Day – Monday, September 1, 2014
  • Closed General Conference – Saturday, October 4, 2014
  • Closed Friday October 31 after 4pm, 2014
  • Closed Thanksgiving - Wednesday after 1pm, thru Saturday, November 26-29, 2014
  • Closed for Christmas and New Years - Monday, December 22 thru Thursday, January 1, 2014

Upcoming Classes

All classes taught at Sunset Heights FHC. Our Focus this year is to teach you how to use the many tools found on FamilySearch.

We offer BASIC HELP any time we ore open in three areas:

  1. Getting Started with Your Family History
  2. Using Family Tree
  3. Using Family Search

Classes are 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of the month at 11am and 1st and 3rd Thursdays at 7pm.

Family History Writing Class Every Wednesday, 1-3 PM

Henry Miles uses 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.

Photos and Stories -FamilySearch/Family Tree Class

Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013, 7 pm

Learn how to enhance Family Tree with photos and stories of your ancestors. It is fun and easy. Let us help you get started. Bring at least 5 ancestral photos and a short story on a flash drive that you can add in the hands-on experience portion of the class.

Attaching Sources to Family Tree by Arlene Tolsen
Thu, January 2, 2014, 7pm – 8pm

Description: Family History data without SOURCES is only hearsay and opinion. Do you know how to add sources to YOUR Family Tree on FamilySearch.org? Come and learn how easy it is! Learn where to find sources and how to connect them. The Church now has more than a billion original sources in the Historical Records portion of FamilySearch.org. Join us to learn how to authenticate your family records.

World Vital Records by Bob Gunnell
Thu, January 16, 2014, 7pm – 8pm

Learn how to navigate your way through “World Vital Records” as you search for your ancestors. World Vital Records is a premium web site (available free at the FHC) with records collections from around the world.

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

==== Collections

  • <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.
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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.


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