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Dayton Ohio East Family History Center

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FamilySearch This article describes the services and resources available at a Family History Center, a branch facility of the Family History Library.

Dayton Ohio East Family History Center (FHC) is a branch of FamilySearch and the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah (United States). Our goal is to provide free resources to assist you in the research and study of your genealogy and family history by:

• Giving personal one-on-one assistance to patrons
• Providing access to genealogical records through the Internet and the microfilm loan program
• Offering free how-to classes

The Dayton Ohio East (DOE) Family History Center is a stand-alone center with computers, scanners, internet access and related family history programs. We are open 20 hours per week and have a collection of books, microfiche, and microfilm. We have a new high speed photo/document scanner and a new overhead scanner. We also have digital-imaging equipment with the ability to copy film and fiche to your USB drive or paper. Microfilm and microfiche readers are also available. We have a staff of dedicated volunteers. Our more experienced volunteers are able to help with specific research challenges. There is no cost to visit a Family History Center. We are a non-profit organization open to anyone with an interest in genealogical research.

Center Contacts and Hours[edit | edit source]

Location Map:


3060 Terry Dr Fairborn OH 45324 United States[edit | edit source]

  • Main entrance and parking is in back of building
  • Handicap entrance and parking is in front of building.
  • Language:English


  • 1-937-878-9551



FHC Director:

  • Karen Jenney
  • Assistant Directors: Jennifer Harvey and Nathan Tiemeier


  • Thurs: 10:00am - 8:00pm
  • Friday: 10:00am - 4:00pm
  • Saturday: 10:00am - 2:00pm

Holiday Schedule:

CLOSED (2019):







We occasionally close unexpectedly because of inclement weather or illness: Please call ahead to make sure we are open.

Class Schedule:[edit | edit source]

CLASSES EVERY 2ND & 4TH SAT EACH MONTH; 10-11 AM[edit | edit source]

FREE "How To" Classes - topics vary and include lessons about using FamilySearch, related mobile apps, and other research techniques.
Bring with you any basic family information you have, paper/electronic device for notes. Laptops welcome but not required.

Classes will include a short lesson/presentation and then hands-on follow-up.
If you have questions, please call the Center during our open hours (see above).

Staff Training Meetings  [edit | edit source]

FOR 2019

MAR 16 - 9-10AM

JUN 15 - 9-10AM

OCT 19 - 9-10AM

DEC 21- 9-10AM

Center Resources [edit | edit source]

Collections[edit | edit source]

  • FamilySearch Catalog: We have a large collection of microfilms and microfiche on site from the FamilySearch catalog. Please refer to the catalog for items currently housed in our collection.
  • Search books in our library using the link and login (Username is and Password is patron123). Our library includes books and maps related to Ohio, many states, US history, international, and genealogical research resources.
  • Microfiche Collection -- a collection of fiche ordered by our patrons, assorted titles. Contain family histories, vital records, and other types of information.
  • Indefinite Microfilm Collection -- a collection of films on a variety of subjects, to include vital records, county records, court records, etc. Organized by Family Search catalog number

Databases and Software[edit | edit source]

  • FHC Portal Our 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.  Premium Family History Websites (as of Jan 2019)
    • 19th Century British Library Newspaper Digital Archive
    • Alexander Street Press
      • The American Civil War: Research Database |Letters and Diaries |Images, Photographs, Posters, and Ephemera
      • Social and Cultural History
      • Women and Social Movements in the United States
    • American Ancestors - Library Rights
    • Ancestry - Institution Versions: U.S. | Australia | Canada | Germany | Sweden | United Kingdom
    • ArkivDigital - If necessary, select "English" from the language drop-down menu in the upper-right corner of the page.
    • FamNet
    • Findmypast - Institution Version
    • Fold3
    • Geneanet
    • Kinpoint - Premium
    • MyHeritage - Library Edition
    • Newspaper Archive
    • Paper Trail
    • Puzzilla - Premium Services

Hardware and Equipment[edit | edit source]

  • 8 computers
  • 1 high speed photo/document scanner for digitizing photos or documents to USB drive
  • 1 overhead scanner for digitizing photos, documents, books, or objects to USB drive
  • 1 flatbed scanner for slides and negatives
  • 1 digital imaging machine for copying film or fiche to USB drive, CD or paper.
  • 3 printers
  • 4 microfilm readers
  • 2 microfiche readers

Center Services [edit | edit source]

Staff Research Specialties

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Resources in the Local Area
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Links[edit | edit source]

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Volunteer at the Center[edit | edit source]

We welcome volunteers from the community to serve in the Family History Center.  It's a great way to help others and to learn by doing. You need not be an expert. Ability to use a computer and willingness to become familiar with the FamilySearch website and resources are key. Contact the FHC directors at the telephone or e-mail listed above for more information.