Help celebrate FamilySearch Center’s one-year anniversary

A family photo from the 1800s, shown on one of the interactive touch-screen displays at the FamilySearch Center, St. George, Utah, June 22, 2017 | File photo by Mori Kessler, St. George News

ST. GEORGE – The FamilySearch Center in St. George is celebrating its one-year anniversary all next week and the public is invited to visit and learn more about their family history.

A family uses one of the interactive displays at the FamilySearch Center to learn more about their family history and where their ancestors came from, St. George, Utah, date unknown | Photo courtesy of Brian Tenney, St. George News

Located at 237 E. 600 South just a block south of the St. George temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the FamilySearch Center opened June 23, 2017, and is a place where anyone can go to learn more about their family history for free with the aid of consultants from the LDS church.

There will be discovery display tables, games, tasting tables and group performances.

Read more: New FamilySearch Center helps you discover your past and preserve stories for the future

Owned and operated by the LDS church, the FamilySearch Center is just one of a handful in operation. While it offers over 100 computers that family history researchers can use for genealogy work, there is an interactive and high-tech side to the facility as well called the Discovery Center.

Within the Discovery Center are many interactive touch displays where visitors are able to enter just a few pieces of information and learn if they’re related to someone famous and how far back that common tie is.

Some of the many computers set up at the FamilySearch Center that are dedicated to family history searches and recording, St. George, Utah, June 22, 2017 | File photo by Mori Kessler, St. George News

Someone could be related to a United States president or a famous inventor, or possibly even a notorious outlaw who rampaged through the Old West.

Visitors can also learn where their ancestors came from and may even get the opportunity to read their personal histories as they are shared through the Discovery Center.

Another part of the center includes recording studios where families can come and tell life stories that are recorded for posterity. There are also smaller, individual studios for those who want to share and record their own stories in a more private setting.

Free family history classes are also offered at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. daily.

While the primary purpose of the FamilySearch Center is to connect the generations to each other, it is also meant to stir new excitement in the pursuit of genealogy. It is also designed to appeal to today’s youth through its heavy use of interactive technologies.

The center is open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

The one-year anniversary is being observed Mondy thtough Friday, June 18-23.

Additional information can be found on the FamilySearch Center’s website.

Email: mkessler@stgnews.com

Twitter: @MoriKessler

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