Annandale Virginia Family History Center
- 1 Upcoming Classes
- 2 Learn How to Use FamilySearch.org
- 3 Genealogy: Best of the Web
- 3.1 Saturday, May 11th, 2019 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
- 3.2 Presenter: Laura Wickstead of the Fairfax Library's Virginia Room.
- 3.3 How to locate census, military, courthouse and vital records, newspapers, maps, city directories, histories and more.
- 3.4 Center Contacts and Hours
- 3.5 Closings
- 3.6 Inclement Weather Schedule:
- 3.7 Center Resources
- 3.8 Research
- 3.9 Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Free and Open to the Public. Reservations Appreciated But Not Required. Call 703-256-5518 to sign up.
Learn How to Use FamilySearch.org
Saturday, March 23rd, 2019 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Presenter: Lexie Staton, Director, Annandale Family History Center.
Genealogy: Best of the Web
Saturday, May 11th, 2019 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Presenter: Laura Wickstead of the Fairfax Library's Virginia Room.
How to locate census, military, courthouse and vital records, newspapers, maps, city directories, histories and more.
Center Contacts and Hours
Address: 3900 Howard St., Annandale, VA 22003-1762
- Access to the AFHC is through the exterior door on the West side of the building as you come into the parking lot.
- For admission please ring the doorbell and a staff member will admit you.
- Tuesday: 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
- Wednesday: 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
- Thursday: 9:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
- Friday: 9:30 a.m - 1:00 p.m.
- Saturday: 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Closed every Sunday and Monday and all major holidays.
Additional Closings are:
January 1, 2019 - New Year's Day (reopen Wednesday, January 2)
April 6, 2019 - General Conference
April 15 - April 20, 2019, Easter & Spring Break (Reopen Tuesday, April 23)
May 25 - 27, 2019 - Memorial Day Holiday (reopen Tuesday, May 29)
July 4, 2019 - Independence Day Holiday - (reopen Friday, July 5)
August 25 - September 2, 2019 - Summer Break, Labor Day (reopen Tuesday September 3)
October 5, 2019 - General Conference (reopen Tuesday October 8)
November 17 - November 25, 2019 - Thanksgiving Holiday (reopen Tuesday November 26)
December 22, 2019 - January 1, 2020 Christmas and New Year Holiday (reopen Thursday, January 2, 2019)
Inclement Weather Schedule:
The AFHC may be closed for part of the day or all day when Fairfax County Schools are delayed or closed due to inclement weather (their info can be found at fcps.edu). Please call the center at 703-256-5518 after the beginning of a shift (9:30 a.m., 1:00 p.m., 6:30 p.m. on Wed.) to determine if the Center is open or not and to ask about the condition of the parking lot. If no one answers the phone, the Center has not opened.
Databases and Software
FHC Portal This center has access to the Family History Center Portal page, which gives free access in the center to premium family history software and websites that generally charge for subscriptions.
Family history programs installed on each workstation:
- Chrome Browser
- Firefox Browser
- Internet Explorer Browser
- FamilySearch Indexing
- Snipping Tool
- Libre Office
- Ancestral Quest
- Roots Magic
- Book Collectorz - a listing of all the books contained in the Family History Center
Hardware and Equipment
- 9 computers (six with dual-monitors)
- 1 Canon 300 microfilm scanner
- 3 microfilm readers
- 1 microfiche reader
- 2 network printers, with one scanner with the ability to upload photos and documents directly to one's FamilySearch account.
- 1 Kodak PS80 Photo Scanner and Flatbed Scanner - scan and digitize photos of almost any size quickly and save to your thumb drive
- Wi-Fi Access
Whether you’re brand-new with family history or an expert researcher – or somewhere in-between – there is a wealth of resources available at the Annandale Family History Center for your family history research. Our staff of volunteers are here to help you get started, answer your questions, and give direction to your research.
Areas of Expertise - Staff Volunteers By Shift
|Annandale Family History Center Willing Helpers
As of January 2018
|Name||Areas of Expertise||Shift|
|Alosi, David||Italy, Pennsylvania||1st & 3rd Sat. a.m.|
|Bessette, John||New York, Canada||Tue. a.m.|
|Bingler, Susan||New Yorkemail@example.com|
|Blacka, Lorayne||New England, N & S Carolina, Wales||Sub; Lorayne. firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Farnsworth, Jeannie||FamilySearch, Ancestry, Alsace-Lorraine, Northern Ireland, Western Pennsylvania||1st & 3rd Tue. p.m.|
|Francoise, Meredith||Netherlands, New Zealand, England, New England, Michigan, West VA, Maryland||1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th Sat. a.m.|
|Grantham, DK||US, General Search, FamilySearch||2nd & 4th Wed. evening|
|Gutierrez, Gabe||Mexico, Spain||1st & 3rd Sat. p.m.|
|Hardiman, Bob||Ireland, Italy, New York, New Jersey, Maine, Massachusetts||2nd & 4th Thur. a.m.|
|Heaney, Michael||New York City 1870-1950, Ireland , Ancestry.com||1st & 3rd Wed. evening|
|Heinen, Bob||Land Grants||1st & 3rd Fri. a.m.|
|Jackson, Joy||FamilySearch||1st & 3rd Wed. p.m.|
|Jackson, Mike||FamilySearch||1st & 3rd Wed. p.m.|
|Kinback, Hal||Croatia, Germany, Pennsylvania, New York (Staten Island)||2nd & 4th Fri. a.m.|
|Marsh, Shawnee||FamilySearch||2nd & 4th Tue. p.m.|
|Maylett, Joan||FamilySearch||All Wed. evenings|
|Neerman, David||Pennsylvania, Germany||2nd & 4th Thur. a.m.|
|Nell, Carolyn||Virginia, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama, Florida, Arkansas, Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas, Colonial Times, Burned-out Counties, FamilySearch||1st & 3rd Tue. a.m.|
|Newman, Ann||Sweden, New England, FamilySearch||2nd & 4th Wed. evening|
|Petersen, Linda||Indexing||2nd & 4th Tue. p.m.|
|Roberts, Gail||FamilySearch||2nd & 4th Wed. pm|
|Robinson, Victoria||African American, DNA, Virginia, Ohio, Canada (Nova Scotia)||2nd, 4th, 5th Sat. a.m.
1st, 3rd, 5th Sat. p.m.
|Sibre, Charles||France, Ireland, Pennsylvania, Newspapers||2nd & 4th Wed. a.m.|
|Smith, Sue||Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Illinois, Sweden||1st Fri. a.m.|
|Staton, Lexie||FamilySearch.org||1st & 3rd Tue. a.m.,
1st & 3rd Wed. a.m.
2nd & 4th Wed. p.m.
|Stewart, Charles||Pennsylvania, Iowa, Missouri||2nd & 4th Sat. a.m.|
|Tanner, Stacy||FamilySearch.org||1st & 3rd Wed. a.m.|
|Turner, Jane||Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, South Carolina, England (Norolk)||1st & 3rd Thur. a.m.|
|Van Looveren, Leopold||Belgium, France, Netherlands||2nd & 4th Fri. a.m.|
|Vigano, Dorothy||United States, Ireland, Italy, DAR Applicatoins||3rd Fri. a.m.|
|Worrall, Sandra||United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand||Every Tue. a.m.|
Staff Areas of Expertise - By Location
|U.S. - Illinois||Sue Smith|
|U.S. – Iowa||Chuck Stewart|
|U.S. – Maine||Bob Hardiman|
|U.S. – Maryland||Meredith Francoise, Carolyn Nell|
|U.S. – Massachusetts||Jane Turner, Bob Hardiman|
|U.S. – Michigan||Meredith Francoise|
|U.S. – Missouri||Chuck Stewart|
|U.S. – New England||Lorayne Blacka, Meredith Francoise, Ann Newman|
|U.S. – New Hampshire||Jane Turner|
|U.S. – New York||Bob Hardiman, Jane Turner, Susan Bingler, Michael Heaney|
|U.S. – New York, Staten Island||Hal Kinback|
|U.S. – North Carolina||Lorayne Blacka, Carolyn Nell, Sue Smith|
|U.S. – Ohio||Victoria Robinson|
|U.S. – Pennsylvania||David Alosi, Hal Kinback, David Neerman, Charles Sibre, Chuck Stewart, Lexie Staton|
|U.S. – South Carolina||Lorayne Blacka, Jane Turner, Carolyn Nell, Sue Smith|
|U.S – Virginia||Dave Grantham, Victoria Robinson, Carolyn Nell, Sue Smith|
|U.S. – West Virginia||Meredith Francoise|
|U.S. - Early U.S. Research||Dave Grantham|
|Belgium||Leopold Van Looveren|
|England||Meredith Francoise, Jane Turner (Norfolk)|
|United Kingdom||Sandra Worrall, Dave Grantham|
|France||Charles Sibre, Leopold Van Looveren|
|Germany||Hal Kinback, David Neerman, Lexie Staton|
|Ireland||Bob Hardiman, Charles Sibre, Michael Heaney|
|Italy||David Alosi, Joe Guerreri, Dorothy Vigano|
|Netherlands||Meredith Francoise, Leopold Van Looveren|
|New Zealand||Meredith Francoise, Sandra Worrall|
|Sweden||Ann Newman, Sue Smith|
Staff Areas of Expertise by Subject
|African American Research||Victoria Robinson|
|FamilySearch||Lorayne Blacka, Dave, Grantham, Mike Jackson, Joan Maylett, Ann Newman, Gail Roberts, Lexie Staton, Jane Turner, Bob Turner|
|General Research||Dave Grantham, Carolyn Nell|
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Q1: Who can use the Center?
A: The Center is open to everyone, whether or not they live in the immediate area, and it is free of charge.
Q2: Can I bring food or drink to the Center?
A: Food and drink may not be consumed in the main rooms. There are no vending machines or food onsite. There are drinking fountains, and you may drink bottled water in the main rooms.
Q3: What other guidelines should I be aware of?
A: Use quiet conversation so as not to disturb others who are working. If you need to use audio in the research room, use headphones. Do not remove any materials from the FHC without permission.
Q4: Can I access the Premium Sites from the Wiki or from home?
A: No, the Premium sites are only available at the Center. However, the church is partnering with Ancestry.com, and church members will soon be able to have free access to Ancestry.