Ogden FamilySearch Library to host last open house at current building

Sunday , July 08, 2018 - 5:00 AM

OGDEN — The Ogden FamilySearch Library’s new directors will get to host their first — and last — open house at the center’s old location next week. 

The library, located at 539 22th St., will have the open house from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. July 10-12. It will move next year to a building currently under construction at 321 E. 22nd St.

Merrell and Renee Johnson were assigned as the new directors of the library about two weeks ago. Prior to working at the Ogden FamilySearch Library, the couple served as family history consultants in the Salt Lake City Family History Library.

Merrell Johnson, 66, said they are excited for the upcoming open house. 

“Across the world there is a real interest in ancestry and finding their families,” Merrell Johnson said. “There’s all different kind of information available so they can find their ancestors.”

The couple said they’ve been interested in family history since they were teenagers. They have been married for 43 years and have 11 kids between the ages of 22 and 39.

The open house will include different activities such as scrapbooking, children’s games, one-on-one consultations, and presentation and tutorials on genealogical apps.

The Youth Fireside, an event for youth ages 12-18, will be held at 6:30 p.m., Wednesday July 11. 

RELATED: Construction to begin on new Ogden FamilySearch Center

According to a previous story published by the Standard-Examiner, the new 12,000-square-foot building will be completed in spring 2019. 

Robert Mallory, a volunteer with the Ogden FamilySearch Library, said this year’s open house will in part focus on technology.

“We have so much new technology and we want people to know how much easier it is to do your family history now than it was before,” Mallory said. “We want everybody to come.”

He said he has been able to use some of the tools offered at the FamilySearch Library to track down part of his family history. 

“I started late on family history,” Mallory said. He started searching for information on his grandfather “and one day I found some information about his sisters and then I found a location to where (a sister) lived.”

Mallory said he now has information about his family from the 1600s. 

Groups interested in attending the open house are encouraged to make a reservation by calling the library at 801-626-1132.

“We’ll love to see the community come and take advantage of the community,” Renee Johnson said.

Contact education reporter Sergio Martínez-Beltrán at smartinezbeltran@standard.net or 801-625-4274. Follow him on Twitter @SergioMarBel and like him on Facebook at Facebook.com/STANDARDEXSergio.

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