Monday, June 21, 2010

UPDATE: Riverton FamilySearch Library

Thanks to my friend Jody Riddick, serving a full-time family history mission who just pointed me to the FamilySearch Wiki entry for the new Riverton FamilySearch Library. It looks like the director there is working up a schedule of upcoming classes. For more about the center see:

Some folks believe this new facility will cut down on the load at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, about 40 minutes north via high-speed rail. Others bemoan the fact that dropping by a small local Family History Center is out of the question now for patrons of the 24 centers that were closed in favor of this new consolidated center.

Ol' Myrt believes that bringing together the volunteer resources more than justifies the consolidation project. Each of the 24 centers could not possibly have been staffed with as many experienced researchers as are now available at the new Riverton (Utah) FamilySearch Library.

With the supply of state-of-the-art equipment and classroom facilities, and this center becomes a beacon to those on the south side of the Salt Lake Valley who don't want to deal with the push at the main Family History Library downtown. The wiki entry for the Riverton FamilySearch Library lists some of the online resources available to patrons, so be sure to check it out.

You'd still need to go downtown for studying not-yet-digitized books and maps. 90% of film and fiche research can be accomplished through the new Riverton FamilySearch Library, though as with any family history center, it may take a few weeks for a microfilm to be ordered in for your use.


Years ago, while serving our shift at the Bradenton Family History Center (in Florida) with Audrey Peacock, Barbara Schulz and Elsie Naylor, we had the following two patrons visit:

1. A man hurried in through the center doors, explaining his wife was waiting out in the car. He said "I heard that the Mormons were doing family history. I came to pick mine up!"

2. (Overheard as a new patron was leaving our family history center). "I've spent two whole hours here, and they don't have a single thing to help me with my genealogy!"

On the more encouraging side, we had an 80+ year old patron report back after a trip to her ancestors' town in England. She explained there was no one at the church to assist in locating her great-grandmother's grave. It was an unusually hot day, and our patron reported she still suffered from jet lag as she trudged up and down the rows in the cemetery. After about an hour of fruitless searching, she slumped down, exhausted, on a small stone bench in the shade of a tree. A few minutes later she looked up, and across the path was the grave site she was seeking. "You cannot tell me that my great-grandmother doesn't want me to find her!" (We couldn't agree more!)

Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt :)
Your friend in genealogy.

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