Oct 262011

By Naomi Hatch–

Family history is increasingly becoming of interest. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has more than 4,400 Family History Centers, including one located at 284 W. First North in Snowflake.

Directors David and Sandra Decker invite everyone to visit and learn how to find their ancestors.

“This Family History Center is a community Family History Center,” said David. “We want everyone to know that you are invited to take advantage of it whether a member of the (Mormon) church or not.”

Family Search program is available at the Snowflake Family History Center, and has 2.34 billion indexed names, and an additional 312.4 million names that have not been indexed and are considered browse-only image collections. You can also access the FamilySearch program online at FamilySearch.org.

There are premium subscriptions that can be used at no cost to the patron such as Ancestry.com, 19th Century British Library Newspaper Digital Archives, Alexander Street Press of the American Civil War, Find My Past, Footnote.com, The Genealogist, Genline FamilyFinder (Swedish Genealogy), Godfrey Memorial Library, Heritage Quest online, Historic Map Works Library Edition, Paper Trail and World Vital Records.

There is a wonderful library of journals and history books available, as well as old newspapers, including many that have been digitized.

“We have readers still, but the information is being digitized,” said Sandra. “You can still order films.”

“They are indexing all the time,” Sandra continued. “If it’s not there this week, look next week.” She noted that they are digitizing information church-wide, with new information available weekly.

She also noted that the State of Arizona birth and death certificates have been digitized through the Mesa Family History Center and can be accessed at geneaology.az.gov.

Classes will begin the first of the year at no cost and everyone is invited to attend. Call the Family History Center at 536-7430 for a schedule.

The Family History Center is looking for volunteers, whether LDS or not.

The Snowflake Family History Center is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and 6 to 9 p.m., Tuesday through Thursday.

Photo by Naomi Hatch

Patsy Salabye (right) visits the Snowflake Family History Center. Directors Sandra (left) and David Decker (center) invite everyone to attend and take advantage of the facilities. There is no cost to visitors to use the computers or other resources of the center.