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FamilySearch to open new family history centre in Utah in 2019

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FamilySearch has this week held a ceremony of groundbreaking at its new premises, which is due to open to the public next year.

Elder Steven Merrill Petersen of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, oversaw the groundbreaking along with local dignitaries and observed that Ogden, where the new centre will be built, was once known as Junction City for those passing through the area. 

The new Ogden FamilySearch centre

The Ogden FamilySearch Centre, currently located at 539 24th Street in Utah, originally opened its doors in 1966 and will remain open during construction of the new facility. It has been one of the largest and busiest facilities in nonprofit FamilySearch’s network of over 5,000 family history centres worldwide and will be 1 of only 5 locations offering 'interactive discovery experiences'.

When complete, the new facility will span 12,000 square feet of space and offer free world class research services as well as being a unique gathering place for families with discovery experiences for visitors of all ages, free access to online genealogical websites and personal assistance. Many of the interactive features will use a patron's family history in the FamilySearch Family Tree to create custom learning experiences.

Diane Loosle, Vice President of FamilySearch's Help Division and Director of the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah, said: We’ve learned that if individuals and families have fun, personalized, quick successes and experiences with their family’s history, they will continue to be more involved at different levels throughout their lives. It also deepens appreciation for family connections across multiple generations.'

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