Des Moines Iowa 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.

Welcome to the Des Moines Family History Center

Des Moines Family History Center

The Des Moines Iowa Family History Center is run by volunteers and serves patrons from central Iowa who are interested in finding their ancestors.

Center Contacts and Hours[edit | edit source]

Location Map: Location Map

West Des Moines FamilySearch Library
3301 Ashworth Rd
West Des Moines, IA 50265-3137
Cross intersection street – Valley West Drive

Ample Parking on the east
end of the parking lot.
Handicap spaces available.
Kate Challis - Director

Closed to the public due to COVID-19


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Center Resources[edit | edit source]

Collections[edit | edit source]

  • Patrons' Microfiche Collection -- a collection of fiche ordered by our patrons, assorted titles. Contain family histories, vital records, and other types of information. These are indexed in the green binder in the reference shelf. **Recently updated.** Fiche ordering ceased Aug 31, 2017.
  • Indefinite Film Collection -- a collection of films on a variety of subjects, to include vital records, county records, court records, etc. They are indexed by state and then by county in the "state binders" in the bookcase. These are indexed in the white binder in the reference shelf.
  • Book Collection: -- Dictionaries of many languages. Reference guides for areas worldwide. Head of Families (Early censuses). These are indexed in the blue binder in the reference shelf.

Databases and Software[edit | edit source]

  • FHC Portal -- From the computers in the Family History Center you can access the Family History Center Portal and all of its premium websites.

Other nearby Family History Centers from Des Moines:

Other statewide FHC's in Iowa:

Resources in the Local Area[edit | edit source]

State Resources:

Local Resources:


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