Wednesday, March 16, 2022

Family Search Experience at the Mesa Visitors' Center

Many of you recall the Mesa Regional Family History Library. 

The library contained microfilm, microfiche, maps, books, and extremely helpful Family History missionaries. Unfortunately, the two-story building, on Hobson, was closed due to construction issues in approximately 2015, and the library moved over to its old site on the northwest corner of 1st Ave and LeSueur.

In 2018 that library was closed during the renovation of the Mesa Temple and surrounding area. We eagerly awaited the reopening of a new library and in Sept 2021, the FamilySearch Experience opened in the Mesa Temple Visitors’ Center. While not a library, it offers a number of resources needed by the Family History Community.

At the Visitors’ Center, Family Search is located on the second floor and is staff by volunteer family historians and genealogists. There are over three dozen computers, six with dual screens, available for use. In addition to the computers, there is a scanning area that hosts two high speed photo scanners, two flatbed scanners (one is A3 format, approximately 11x17), Kodak 35 mm Carousel scanner, negative scanner, and an 8mm/Super8 movie converter. There are two classrooms with 18 computers each and overhead projectors, and are reservable by community Family History/Genealogy groups. Scanners and rooms can be reserved by calling 480-964-7164, leave a message if no one answers. Calls are returned daily.

And what is a Family History center without classes? Classes are offered throughout the month. You can see the schedule at

All of the computers have access to restricted affiliate Family Search records and host all of the Family Search premium family history websites. These are:

19th Century British Library Newspapers

This fully searchable database of the British Library's newspaper holdings provides a complete run of 48 national and regional Victorian British newspapers for the 19th century from 1800 to 1900. These support the study of colonial history, genealogical research, politics, urban studies, and media courses.

Alexander Street

Social and Cultural History. Personal accounts of well-known historical figures.

The American Civil War—Research Database

Contains indexed, searchable information on over 4 million soldiers and thousands of battles, together with 15,000 photographs.

The American Civil War—Letters and Diaries

Contains approximately 100,000 indexed pages of diaries, letters, and memoirs, including 4,000 pages of previously unpublished manuscripts, such as the letters of Amos Wood and his wife and the diary of Maryland planter William Claytor.

The American Civil War—Images, Photographs, Posters, and Ephemera

Provides a vivid history of the American Civil War with over 1,400 images.

Women and Social Movements in the United States

Organized around the history of women in social movements in the United States between A.D. 1600 and 2000.

American Ancestors

Advance your family history research today with! Created by the expert staff at the New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS), America's founding genealogical organization, is the portal to the nation's leading resource for the highest-quality, comprehensive family history services. Consult with our expert staff, some of the most respected genealogists in the profession. Read the most significant original scholarship and important publications in genealogy. Access millions of exclusive and sought-after records online. Learn with in-depth online courses and webinars from expert staff. Explore the largest collection of original family history research materials in America.

Ancestry Institution

Ancestry gives you access to thousands of collections of records from around the world, including immigration, census, voter, vital, and military records; newspapers and periodicals; family trees; photos and images; directories, maps, court records, land records, wills and financial records, stories, memories, and histories; and detailed records about births, marriages, deaths, land ownership, and much more. Ancestry is the largest for-profit genealogy company in the world.

You can also visit this partner's localized sites for: U.S., Australia, Canada, Germany, Sweden, United Kingdom


ArkivDigital is the largest private provider of Swedish Church Records and other historical records online! All images are newly photographed color images of the original documents. Click the link from the Premium Family History Websites page to use ArkivDigital Online.

British Newspaper Archive

The British Library's newspaper collections are among the finest in the world, containing most of the runs of newspapers published in the UK since 1800.


The online family history network for those who have New Zealand roots.


Findmypast makes it easy to research your United Kingdom ancestry and create your family tree. Search census records, and trace births, marriages, and deaths to bring your family history to life. Please note that not all of the content from Findmypast is available in family history centers.


Search or browse millions of historical documents and photos. Fold3 has refocused their efforts on gathering the best online collection of military records and stories. The Fold3 name reflects military history and honor, since traditionally, the third fold in a flag-folding ceremony honors and remembers veterans for their sacrifice in defending their country and promoting peace in the world.


With 3 billion referenced individuals and 600,000 trees online, Geneanet is the first site dedicated to genealogy in France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Sweden, and Germany. The Geneanet community has 2 million members who exchange genealogical information.

MyHeritage Library Edition

Used by millions of people worldwide to help research family history, build a family tree, and add photos, historical records, and more.


The largest historical newspaper database online, contains tens of millions of newspaper pages from 1607 to present. Every newspaper in the archive is fully searchable by keyword and date, making it easy for you to quickly explore historical content.

The largest online newspaper archive contains 12,100 newspapers from the 1700s to the 2000s, and millions of additional pages are added every month.

Paper Trail

Provides access to 19th-century westward American migration documents.


Find new research opportunities on descendant lines in Family Tree.

The Genealogist

This resource, available in centers in the United Kingdom only, contains English parish records, directories, census, civil registration, surname mapping, and selected army and navy lists.

The Center also has a Facebook page, please check it out:





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