In 1976, Alex Haley ignited a firestorm of frenzied excitement about genealogy and family history with his Pulitzer-prize winning book Roots. Subsequently, the record-setting, world-stopping, 10-episode, 9 ½ hour mini-series drew more than 130 million viewers. Of the response to his work Haley said, “in all of us there is a hunger marrow-deep to know our heritage – to know who we are and where we come from.”
Although there are 4918 LDS family history centers in 153 countries around the world, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ Family Search Discovery Center in St. George – which opened in mid-June, 2017 – is only the 4th in the world (the other three are in SLC and Layton, Utah and in Seattle, Washington) giving visitors the opportunity to explore their own heritage and roots in some interesting and innovative new ways.
Located on the corner of 237 E. 600 South, only a block from the St. George LDS Temple, this exciting new addition to our community is one-part Discovery Center and one-part research library with approximately 100 computers for your individual research … and plenty of one-on-one “experts” to help you get started or continue your search for those who helped make you who you are.
The 10,000 square foot Family Discovery Center, free and open-to-the-public, provides what their website describes as “a high-tech, high-dazzle experience designed to acquaint people with their individual family heritage through a series of fun and interactive stations aimed primarily at youth from 12 to 18, but expected to wow their parents and grandparents as well.” In addition, the beautiful new facility will include a story booth where you can record your own family stories on video; and, small private rooms where family members can gather to discuss their “finds.”
A tour of the Family Search Discovery Center is a “must see” while vacationing in St. George.
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