Annandale Virginia Family History Center

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Upcoming Classes

Free and Open to the Public. Reservations Appreciated But Not Required. Call 703-256-5518 to sign up.

Learn How to Use

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.

Annandale Virginia Family History Center

The Annandale Family History Center (AFHC) established in 1970 is a branch of the Family History Department of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and is open for genealogical research by both church members and the general public. The Annandale Family History Center provides local access to Church microfilmed family history records, family history computer resources, and internet genealogical websites.

There is no charge for using the facility, however, there is a nominal charge for use of the printers and copy machine.

Patrons are responsible for doing their own genealogical research. Our all-volunteer staff is ready to answer questions about the resources available in the AFHC and give research guidance as available.


Center Contacts and Hours

Location Map:

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.

Language: English

Phone: 703-256-5518


Open Hours:

  • 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 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.

Center Resources


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
  • ArkivDigital
  • 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 York
Blacka, Lorayne New England, N & S Carolina, Wales Sub; Lorayne.
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
Guirreri, Joe Italy Sub
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 , 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 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 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
Australia Sandra Worrall
Belgium Leopold Van Looveren
Canada Victoria Robinson
Croatia Hal Kinback
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
Mexico Gabe Gutierrez
Netherlands Meredith Francoise, Leopold Van Looveren
New Zealand Meredith Francoise, Sandra Worrall
Spain Gabe Gutierrez
Sweden Ann Newman, Sue Smith
Wales Lorayne Blacka

Staff Areas of Expertise by Subject

Adoption Jane Turner
African American Research Victoria Robinson
DNA 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
Immigration Dave Grantham

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, and church members will soon be able to have free access to Ancestry.