Annandale Virginia Family History Center

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We are open. Appointments are appreciated and walk-ins are accepted. The wearing of face-masks is required.[edit | edit source]

The hours of operation are:[edit | edit source]

Tuesdays: 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Wednesdays: 9:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Fridays: 9:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Saturdays: 9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Patrons may schedule up to two-hours per week, one time per week. We will adjust that schedule as we determine what the demand is like. Appointments will ONLY be taken during open hours. Call the Center at 703-256-5518 to make an appointment.

IMPORTANT! Family History Center Portal Maintenance Has Been Completed and the Premium Sites are Available[edit | edit source]

Center Contacts and Hours[edit | edit source]

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


Closings[edit | edit source]

Closed every Sunday and Monday and all major holidays.

Additional Closings:

January 1, 2021 - New Year's Day (reopen Tuesday, January 5)

March 31 - April 6, 2021 - General Conference - Easter & Spring Break (Reopen Tuesday, April 6)

May 31 - June 7, 2021 - Memorial Day Holiday (reopen Tuesday, June 8)

July 3, 2021 - July 5, 2021 - Independence Day Holiday - (reopen Tuesday July 6)

August 22 - September 6, 2021 - Summer Break, Labor Day (reopen Tuesday September 7)

October 2, 2021- General Conference (reopen Tuesday October 5)

November 25 - November 27, 2021 - Thanksgiving Holiday (reopen Tuesday November 30)

December 21, 2021 - January 3, 2022 Christmas and New Year Holiday (reopen Tuesday January 4, 2022)

Inclement Weather Schedule:[edit | edit source]

The AFHC may be closed for all or part of a 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[edit | edit source]

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. Locked images may br accessed on the Family History Center computers.

Family history programs installed on each workstation:

  • Chrome Browser
  • Firefox Browser
  • Microsoft Edge
  • Snipping Tool
  • Libre Office
  • Ancestral Quest
  • Roots Magic

Hardware and Equipment

  • 9 computers (six with dual-monitors)
  • 3 microfilm readers
  • 1 microfiche reader
  • 1 network printer, 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

Online Genealogy Records[edit | edit source]

Online Genealogy Records by Location (Link)

Research[edit | edit source]

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 Helpers as of Sepyember 2021

Name Areas of Expertise Shift
Alosi, David Italy, Pennsylvania 1st & 3rd Sat. a.m.
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
Heaney, Michael New York City 1870-1950, Ireland , 1st & 3rd Wed. evening
Heinen, Bob Land Grants 2nd & 4th Thur. a.m.
Hoopes, Allison New York, Germany, DNA 3rd Fri. a.m.
Jackson, Joy FamilySearch 1st & 3rd Wed. a.m.
Jackson, Mike FamilySearch 1st & 3rd Wed. a.m.
Marsh, Shawnee FamilySearch 2nd & 4th Tue. p.m.
Maylett, Joan FamilySearch All Wed. evenings
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.,

Stewart, Charles Pennsylvania, Iowa, Missouri 2nd & 4th Sat. a.m.
Vigano, Dorothy United States, Ireland, Italy, DAR Applications 3rd Fri. a.m.

Staff Areas of Expertise - By Location

Staff Areas of Expertise by Subject

African American Research Victoria Robinson
DNA Victoria Robinson, Allison Hoopes
FamilySearch Dave Grantham, Mike Jackson, Joan Maylett, Lexie Staton
General Research Dave Grantham, Carolyn Nell
Immigration Dave Grantham

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)[edit | edit source]

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 have free access to Ancestry.