Orem Utah Sunset Heights Family History Center

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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 Location

1260 South 400 West, Orem, Utah Ring bell to gain access.

Get a parking pass from center for use before 3 pm.



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 8 pm. If there are no patrons, staff may close the center.)

Closed Saturday and Sunday

Group Reservation: Contact Assistant Directors Rod (801-800-0252) or Pat (801-800-0025) Cuthbert to schedule the date and time.

Holiday Schedule:

  • Closed for Christmas and New Years - Monday, December 16 through Wednesday, January 1, 2014
  • Closed Martin Luther King Day - Monday January 20, 2014
  • Closed Presidents 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 , 2014
  • Closed Labor Day – Monday, September 1, 2014
  • Closed General Conference – Saturday, October 4, 2014
  • Closed Friday October 31 after 4 pm, 2014
  • Closed Thanksgiving - Wednesday after 1 pm, througjh Saturday, November 26-29, 2014
  • Closed for Christmas and New Years - Monday, December 22 through Thursday, January 1, 2015

One on One Help

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

Getting Started with Your Family History - Using Family Tree - Using Family Search

Classes and Workshops

Our Focus this year is to teach you how to use the many tools found on FamilySearch.

Our classes are regularly scheduled during the 1st and 3rd weeks of each month.

 One class is taught the first Tuesday at 11 am and repeated the first Thursday at 7 pm.

 The second class is taught the 3rd Tuesday at 11 and repeated the 3rd Thursday at 7 pm.

In January, May and October the first of each class falls on a Thursday and is repeated the next Tuesday.

We help those preparing for missions to do the Family History assignments.

We help with the BSA Genealogy Merit Badge.

All classes are taught at Sunset Heights FHC.


June Classes - A Summer of Sleuthing

Descendency Research - 1st Tues, June 3rd @11am or 1st Thurs. June 5th @ 7pm

Descendency research is the process of identifying all of the children, grandchildren and great grandchildren of an ancestral couple. This process can be used to expand the family, identify new names, and even connect with cousins. This class will focus on the value of doing Descendency research, with step-by-step instructions and hands-on experience in getting started. You will be excited to learn of some new apps that are especially relevant when doing Descendency research.

FamilySearch – Books  3rd Tues, June 17th @11 am repeated 3rd Thurs, June 19th @ 7pm

There are currently 125,000 + titles in the FamilySearch.org Digital Books queue which are growing at the rate of 300 titles per week. The Family History Archive is a collection of published genealogy and family history books. The archive includes primarily histories of families, along with county and local histories, how-to books on genealogy, genealogy magazines and periodicals (including some international), Medieval books (including histories and pedigrees), as well as gazetteers.

The Family History Archive also includes some specialized collections such as the Filipino card collection from BYU-Hawaii and the “Liahona Elders Journal.” The books come from the collections of the FamilySearch Family History Library, the Allen County Public Library (Fort Wayne, Indiana), Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research (part of the Houston Public Library), the Mid-Continent Public Library's Midwest Genealogy Center (Independence, Missouri), the BYU Harold B. Lee Library (Provo, Utah), the BYU-Hawaii Joseph F. Smith Library (Laie, Hawaii), and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Church History Library (Salt Lake City, Utah). Learn how to access and search this wonderful resource.

July Classes- Our Pioneering Heritage

Life Sketches in Family Tree - 1st Tues, July 1 @ 11am repeated 1st Thurs, July 3@ 7pm

What is a life sketch? Why do I need one for my ancestor? It is the first item under your ancestor's name on the FamilySearch Family Tree, but it's often the last item to be completed. A life sketch is simply the story of a life, the dash between the birth date and the death date. It's the most interesting part of our lives. Including a life sketch for someone on our Family Tree is short, simple and easy to work on with other interested family members. Come, learn more and work on a life sketch for someone you know and love right in our class.

British Research – 3rd Tues, July 15 @11 am repeated 3rd Thurs, July 17 @ 7pm

Millions of records from the British Isles are available online. This class will focus on the kinds of records available and on one premier web site for British research, Find My Past. Find My Past offers access to the Civil Registration Index for England & Wales, parish records, census records, city directories, and their most unique database - Passenger Lists of Ships Leaving the UK.

August Classes - It's Cool in the Family Tree

Cleaning Up the Family Tree
Tues, Aug 5 @ 11am or Thurs, Aug 7@ 7pm
Correct individual information, sources and notes.

Bookmarking Favorite Sites
Tues, Aug 19 @11 am or Thurs, Aug 21@ 7pm
Create browser bookmarks to speed up your research.