St. George Utah FamilySearch Library/Tour and Group Activities
|St George Utah FamilySearch Center|
|237 East 600 South|
St. George, Utah 84770
|Monday and Friday|
9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
9:00 am to 9:00 pm
11:00 am to 3:00 pm
The St. George Utah Family Search Library is pleased and eager to offer the opportunity for individuals, organizations, and other groups to schedule a group visit to our Center. We offer a variety of options that are sure to provide interest to your group - Youth, Adult, Church, Organization, Club, etc. Please review the following guide lines for scheduling a group visit.
- If you want a tour of the Library, groups should be 10 or less to avoid disturbing other patrons who are working.
*If you want to schedule a classroom for instruction, we have a classroom has 8 computer stations.
- Determine the date you would like to come by checking our Online Calendar for available dates.
*Determine the goal for you visit. You may want to check the list of suggested activities below for ideas.
*Call the Library - 435-673-4591 - to reserve the date.
- In order to use the Library as efficiently as possible, we suggest the following times:
*Evening group visits (Tue, Wed, & Thu) will begin at 5:00 PM or 7:00 PM.
*Daytime reservations (Mon thru Sat) will begin at 10:00 AM, 1:00 PM or 3:00 PM.
- Adults accompanying youth groups should prepare to actively participate with their youth.
*Local family history consultants are an excellent resource to bring with your group and will provide continuity after your visit.
- Copies of any documents found during your visit can be printed at the Library for $0.05 each. (B/W 8"x11").
*Documents could also be scanned and saved to your flash drive.
Guidelines for a Successful and Rewarding Visit
- Please DO NOT bring food or drink to the Library.
*LDS Account Registration: Each LDS Member of the group needs to have an LDS Login Account BEFORE coming to the Center. Please have them log into https://ldsaccount.lds.org or another church account site to make sure their username and password are working. For members who don't have a current account, have them register for one prior to your visit. They can do this by going to https://ldsaccount.lds.org and clicking on the Register for an LDS Account button on the right side of the screen and entering the necessary information, which includes their church membership number and birth date. Their membership number is on their temple recommend or can be provided by their ward clerk.
*Personal Family History Information: Except for Indexing visits, please have everyone bring a personal Pedigree Chart with as much family information as possible.
*Specific Goal or Objective to Accomplish: Each group should have an idea or goal, before they arrive, of what they would like to accomplish during the visit to our Library.
Suggested Activities at the Library
While most of the activities below can be done at our Library, we've also tried to give you the forms, websites, etc. needed so you could prepare these activities for your own groups - Youth groups, Family History classes, Relief Society mini classes, etc.
- Each child is given Elmo's blank pedigree to fill in the blanks from clues found around the Library as they are given a guided tour of what is available at our Library.
Introduction to the Family Search Library
- A tour and overview of our Library, including the resources, tools, equipment, computers, available for use by our patrons.
Introduction to FamilySearch family Tree (The replacement for New FamilySearch)
- A demonstration of the functions, features, and use of the information available in the FamilySearch Family Tree. The Family Tree is a new approach to genealogy. We will also demonstrate creation of the popular 9-Generation Fan Chart. (Bring a flash drive to do your own)
- This version of Family Tree supports full navigation of your genealogy tree where you can: • Explore trees, families, and individuals. • Edit and improve data about a specific individual. • Attach sources, including links to online sources. • Watch and receive notifications about changes to ancestors.
Research Quick Start
- A focused presentation demonstrating popular research web sites used to find specific information on your ancestors.
Introduction to Indexing
- An overview of the why and how of indexing with hands-on practice.
*Go to FamilySearch Indexing and take the 2 minute Test Drive (button in upper right).
*Another good getting started video is FamilySearch Indexing Quick Start (5:49)
*Youth may also enjoy the Indexing App for their phone or tablet.
Preperation for Pioneer Trek
- A presentation on how to identify a pioneer ancestor, locate the pioneer company they were in and then find information on them, including how to identify family members requiring temple ordinances. Creating a 9-generation fan chart is also demonstrated.
Group Visit without a Presentation
- Designed for those who have been trained or oriented but just want to schedule a time where group members can go directly to the library and make use of the computers with our staff assistance as need:
All activities listed in the Youth section work well for adults as well. Other ideas are:
- View the video - FamilySearch Overview (6:23) (excellent introduction to all facets of FamilySearch)
*You could then show any one of these short videos, depending on the interest of the group.
*Each section (Finding Records, Wiki, Indexing, Forums and New FamilySearch) has an overview or getting started video if your group is just beginning or more indepth ones for advanced interests.
*Then let them practice, hands-on, what they learn.
- Access is free at our Family Search Library
*View video "Search for Historical Records on Ancestry.com" (7:42 min.) stopping periodically to practice the techniques discussed.
Starting your own Database
- Begin by viewing the video - Family History - Made Simple (2:19)
*Create a new database (Ask leader ahead of time, which program their group would like to use.)
*Enter their own personal information.
*View the video - Finding Easy Information (3:07) pausing after the memory section (1:18) and have them add their family members and information they know.
*Open a new tab and View the video "Step 2 Discover a Family Record" (2:23)
*Search for records about an ancestor on FamilySearch.org
*Add the information they find to their database.
*Continue the video -Finding Easy Information (at 1:19), then challenge them to go home and gather what records they can find and start interviewing relatives to learn more.
Group Visit without a Presentaton
- This is for those who have been trained or oriented, but want to schedule a time where group members can go directly to the Library and make use of the computers with our staff assistance as needed.
Other Sources for Great Family History Activities
Visit a Cemetery
- This wouldn't work in the FSL, but it would be a fun one for a group that could go to the actual cemetery.
*Jennifer, at "One Branch at a Time" Blog has developed Cemetery Scavenger Hunts for Primary age as well as YMYW age.
*Be sure to stress reverence and respect for their deceased ancestors before taking youth to the cemetery.
Other Sources for Great Family History Activities
- Family History Activities for Youth
*Family History Activities for Children - 3-7
*Family History Activities for Children - 12-?
*Photos - An Innovative Way to Introduce Youth to Family History
5 Minute Genealogy videos - 25 great, short videos on YouTube, FamilySearch channel. Build an entire activity around 1 video, then practice what you learn.
FamilySearch Youth and Family History website offers ideas to help youth discover their ancestors and serve others by sharing their talents and experiences.