Youth getting 'hooked' on family history at new library

It's a Tuesday night at the Riverton FamilySearch Library, and the year-old, state-of-the-art facility is crowded with teenagers, their eyes glued to computer screens.

But these young men and women from wards in the south end of the Salt Lake Valley are not playing video games. If not searching their own kindred dead, they are indexing digital images of microfilmed records to help other users of the Church's popular website.

"We're open three nights a week, and most of those nights are pretty full with youth," said Suzanne H. Curley, director.

The library opened June 21 of last year, replacing 24 smaller family history centers in that portion of the valley.

"The idea was that we would consolidate resources, that we would be able to have all the latest high-tech equipment here and a large facility where people could come and have access to it."

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