Monday, July 2, 2018
The End of an Era: Mesa FamilySearch Library is Closing Completely
No other recent event points out the tremendous rapid changes in the world of genealogy and family history than the closing of the Mesa FamilySearch Library (aka Mesa Family History Center, Mesa Multiregional Family History Center). This Family History Center had been in operation since the 1930s and began with a library inside the Mesa Temple itself.
Now, it has been announced that the Mesa FamilySearch Library will be totally closed on Friday, September 14, 2018 at 5:00 pm. I am sad I will not be there for the final day.
Why is the closing of this facility so important? The closing is really a symbolic event. The closing of this very active and vibrant Family History Center represents the changes from all of the traditional ways of doing family history. In the most recent announcement, it was even made clear that the "missionaries" serving there would not be able to continue holding conferences as they faithfully have during even the years when they had no facility to work in. This is the final nail in the coffin.
I have written many times about the significant changes in family history and genealogy as it has been done for a very long time. Even though there are still a lot of people who practice genealogy in a very traditional way, I can see that technological changes, changes in values and the inexorable changes in attitude have finally done their work and forced us to move on.
I will miss the friends and acquaintances I worked with for so many years. My words cannot express the feelings I have for the dedication and huge knowledge bank of experience that is represented by this Family History Center. No new center can replace this storehouse of experience.
It is time to say goodbye and best wishes to all who have made such a significant effort over the years to help people find their family and their heritage.