Despite being closed over a year ago for renovations, the Mesa FamilySearch Library’s mission to teach and serve in the great saving work of family history rolls on.
With no current plans in place to reopen the existing family history building, which has been plagued with mold and structural issues, the library has moved locations to the Training Center at 464 E. 1st Ave., just west of the temple in Mesa. The center is currently open three days a week.
While their staff has been pared down, missionaries are available to assist with research just as they did at the old center. Patrons can still order microfilms, though only short-term loan use is allowed. The books contained in the old library have been shipped to Las Vegas to be digitized and will be available for viewing in the future. A photo scanner is offered on-site with all pictures saved for users to take home on a flash drive.
In January, the library began training classes on Tuesday evenings for family history consultants and priesthood leaders. The classes are a series of four lessons designed to help prepare priesthood leaders and family history consultants fulfill their callings. Similarly, Spanish leader and consultant training is held Thursday evenings. There is even a separate “Youth Family History Consultant Class” available. Call the center to get detailed class schedule information for all training opportunities.
The center offers a variety of presentations and teaching opportunities for youth groups and families on family history and indexing topics, including a genealogy merit badge class.
Also located at the Training Center is the “Life Story Room,” a place to record portions of one’s personal or family history. Patrons will receive their story in digital form on a flash drive for only the cost of the drive ($6.00 exact cash only). It’s a fun way to capture and share memories and would make a great family activity. Reservations are required. Call 480-964-1200 for information.
The FamilySearch Library held its annual conference last October at the Temple Institute building, then added two new venues on opposite ends of the valley: one in February at the Red Mountain Institute in Mesa, and the other in March at a Peoria stake center.
These events are always free to the public and offer a wide range of classes for both novice and advanced genealogists. Handouts from some of these conferences may still be available on the library’s website. Watch the site, also, for upcoming conference information.
Even those who don’t call themselves genealogists can benefit from the conferences and the library’s training center as we all strive to follow the counsel of our church leaders who have asked us to find our ancestors’ names and take them to the temple.
Training Center hours for regular patrons:
Monday 9 am – 5 pm
Tuesday 10 am – 6 pm
Wednesday 10 am – 6 pm
Visit their website for further information at http://mesarfhc.org/ or call 480-964-1200.