Family Discovery Experience
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35 N West Temple Salt Lake City, Utah 84013
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Family Discovery Experience

The Family Discovery Experience is an interactive learning center designed to help visitors understand their personal family history. The center is located inside the Family History Library across the street and directly west of Temple Square in downtown Salt Lake City, Utah. It is open to the public.

The experience involves inputting information about you and your ancestors into touchscreen kiosks or free-to-use iPads. The system then uses the vast databases of FamilySearch to provide insights into your ancestral homeland, the origins of your name, and the culture of your ancestors.
Visitors can then discover more with one of the center’s computer labs and access to additional databases with ancestral records. Skilled volunteers and service missionaries are available to assist and answer any questions. Research help is available in English, Spanish, and other languages.

Key Experiences

  • Search archival photographs from a world of different countries and cultures. 
  • Have your own picture taken at a kiosk, and see what you would have looked like while trading places with someone who lived at the time of your ancestors.
  • Track your own family history through multiple generations. 
  • Discover fascinating people you might be related to. 
  • Record your own personal family history individually or in a group. Set your home country as the backdrop using green-screen studio cameras, and send the video to personal devices for sharing. 
  • Do your own family research on one of the 40 lab computers connected to a database with billions of names and records. 
  • Learn how to load FamilySearch apps on a mobile device.

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Last Updated On 21 Apr 2021