Wadman wraps up construction on another high-tech FamilySearch facility for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The St Geroge FamilySearch was dedicated last week and held an open house through last Saturday. It is open to the public today.
The 10,000 square foot FamilySearch was designed by Lloyd Architects and houses numerous computers, many touch screens, and interactive exhibits designed to encourage people of all ages to find joy in researching their own families. The courtyard showcases beautiful views of the 140-year-old St. George Temple a couple blocks over.
Congrats to our team on delivering a very cool project that the people of St. Geroge will enjoy for years to come.
- Superintendent: Troy Mangum
- Project Manger: Dallin Chambers
- Project Assistant: Britnee Willerton
- AP Accountant: Shannon Stiefken
- AR Accountant: Heidi Scott
Serving southern Utah
excerpt from http://media.familysearch.org/
New St. George Utah FamilySearch Center Offers Fun Discoveries for All Ages
St. George Family History Center and Discovery Experiences Quick Facts
- State-of-the-art FamilySearch Center, with approximately 10,000 square feet. Uniquely designed with casual seating and collaboration areas, making it easy for families and youth groups to work together on laptops, iPads, or other mobile devices. The center also has 137 computers with touch-screen monitors.
- The center is open to the public, with resources available at no charge (a small fee is required for printing and making photocopies). The library is staffed with helpful, friendly staff members offering free assistance to patrons. Visit the St. George FamilySearch Center website for more information.
- Visitors will have unique experiences. Learn about the meaning of your name, what happened during the year you were born, and other fun facts. See where your family came from, view photos of family members, and read their stories, all on 55-inch touch-screen monitors. Data used for the interactive experiences is drawn from FamilySearch.org and selected partners.
- Family members of all ages will love exploring the family room and new children’s areas. Multiple generations can come and use family recording rooms to create free high-definition audio and video recordings and preserve treasured family memories. Photo and slide scanning equipment will also be available for patron use free of charge.
- Patrons can learn how they are related to famous people. Did their ancestors sail on the Mayflower? Do they descend from famous Americans, such as the Founding Fathers or presidents of the United States? Are they related to Church leaders?
- The St. George FamilySearch Center has been years in the development. Actual construction for the new FamilySearch Center began in May 2016 and was completed in March 2017. The modern design artfully represents historical aspects of St. George and its residents.
- The former St. George FamilySearch Library was closed in March 2017, moved to the new location, and renamed. The new center will serve residents throughout Washington County. The new center supports 30 local stakes.
- Free classes will be offered on a daily basis. The center has two classrooms with computer labs designed for hands-on training. For class schedules and registration information, visit the center’s website. Free access to popular premium subscription sites, such as Ancestry.com, findmypast.com, My Heritage.com, and AmericanAncestors.org is also available.
- It is recommended that before coming to the center, visitors set up a free FamilySearch account on FamilySearch.org and begin to establish a family tree. By adding photos and stories prior to coming, you will greatly enhance your visit to the new facility.
- Groups visiting the center should book a reservation online to ensure that space is available.
- Future plans include offering Boy Scout merit badge workshops, where Scouts can complete requirements for the Genealogy merit badge and have fun learning about their family.
- The new area consultants managing the center, Mickal and Linda Merrell, serve under the direction of Elder J. Kevin Ence of the Seventy.
- The center's dirctors, Mickal and Linda Merrell, raised their family in Vernal, Utah. Mike was a pawnbroker and entrepreneur, and Linda taught English at the junior high until their first child was born. Eight years ago, they moved to St. George, where they have been active in the community, serving in the St. George Utah Temple and as volunteers at Tuacahn and the Senior Games. Together, they served in the Apia Samoa Mission in 2010–2012. They are the parents of six children and (almost) 16 grandchildren.