Ogden’s New FamilySearch Center Makes its Debut – Five Reasons Why You Must Check it Out
By Rachel Trotter
Ogden’s new FamilySearch Center opens its doors to the public this week and if you live anywhere near it, you must stop by. Not only is there fabulous information to be found and learned, the views and the photos on the walls are worth the stop. And if you’ve never taken the chance to visit a FamilySearch Center, Ogden’s would be a great place to start.
I’ve visited several FamilySearch Centers over the years – the FamilySearch Library at Temple Square, Layton FamilySearch Center, Lehi FamilySearch Center, St. George FamilySearch Center, Seattle FamilySearch Center and Joseph Smith Memorial Building FamilySearch Center. They all have been delightful and I have learned something new about my family history with each visit, but I love the upgrades I see with each new center as it opens. Sometimes they are subtle and sometimes they are big and the Ogden FamilySearch Center is no different.
Area Seventy for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Steven Petersen, said he likes to think of Ogden’s center as its driving of the golden spike – joining past, present and future. That fits for a town that has such a rich railroad history. Former Ogden Family History Center Director David Erickson said the history of area where the center now sits is special. “Nothing has been on this property for 40 years,” he said. Over 50 years ago the family history center was kitty-corner from where the new center sits now right across from the Ogden tabernacle. “It seems fitting for it to be right where it is. It’s like it was empty waiting for this,” he said with a wide smile.