Many people have asked the Family History Library if they are going to hold their Global Family Reunion block party again. It was a very popular event. FamilySearch has announced that the Family History Library will be holding a block party in the Summer of 2016.
In 2015, thousands of people gathered in Salt Lake City, Utah, to participate in a larger event called the Global Family Reunion. As you might recall, the Global Family Reunion took place in New York City, and was created by A.J. Jacobs. Events related to it were held all over the world.
The Family History Library was founded in 1894 to gather genealogical records and assist members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints with their family history and genealogical research. It is open to the general public at no charge.
The 2016 Family History Library Block Party will take place on Saturday, June 11, 2016. It will start at 10:00 in the morning and end at 2:00 in the afternoon. The Family History Library is located on North West Temple Street in Salt Lake City, Utah. The Block Party will be held on West Temple between North and South Temple. The Block Party is sponsored by the Family History Department and the Church History Museum.
What can you, and your family, do at the Family History Block Party? There are fun activities planned for family members of all ages. Some of those activities include:
* Find your famous relatives
* Explore your personal heritage
* Learn what world events happened during the year you or one of your ancestors was born
* Experience live musical entertainment, a rock wall, and bounce houses
* Dine at some of Salt Lake’s best food trucks
* Play pioneer games, and get your face painted
There will also be indoor activities or people to participate in. There will be a Green Screen photo opportunity. You can get your photo taken with the FamilySearch logo. There will be computers available for you to use to superimpose your face onto an old time period photo. Toddlers to 12-year-olds can visit the Church History Museum’s newest exhibit, which is called “Tell Me the Story of Jesus”.
Free photo scanning will be offered. Bring in your old photos and digitize them using fast, high-tech scanners that can scan 85 pictures per minute. Family History Discovery Station computers will be able to show you where your ancestors came from and the percentage of your heritage (and more).
There will also be some classes offered throughout the day. Class titles include: “Getting Started”,
“Help Me Find a Name” (for LDS Members), and “Exploring FamilySearch Apps”.
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