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Duncan British Columbia Family History Centre

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


Everyone is welcome to use our services.

Centre Contacts and Hours[edit | edit source]

Location & Map:

  • 1815 Tzouhalem Road (corner of Donnay Drive), Duncan, BC, V9L 5L5 Canada
  • Located inside The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
  • Location on Map

Phone: 250 748-9618
E-mail:BC_Duncan@familyhistorymail.org   Stake TFH Consultant - Center   loriaches@yahoo.ca
Open Hours:

  • Tuesdays        10:00 am - 2:00 pm      We may close at 1:00 if no patrons are present.
  • Wednesdays   6:30 - 8:00pm



Holiday Schedule:

Call to check on closures at Christmas and in the summer. Usually still open by appointment.



Calendar and Events[edit | edit source]

Upcoming Events[edit | edit source]

Class Schedule
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Ask to be added to the Classes email list and we will send you occasional notes informing you about upcoming classes.   Send your request to loriaches@yahoo.ca


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Centre Resources[edit | edit source]

Collections[edit | edit source]

  • FamilySearch Catalog: Online, you can order any of the films and fiche available through the FamilySearch Catalog. They are sent to us and you can come in to view them on our readers. Ours is a smaller Centre, so we do not have film and fiche copy capability. Be sure to bring your digital camera because that works quite well.

Databases and Software[edit | edit source]

Hardware and Equipment[edit | edit source]

  • Computers with Internet
  • Bring your laptop and we can set you up on our wi-fi (you must use our computers for FHC Portal access)
  • Printer (copies 15 cents - please bring correct change)
  • Photocopier (copies 15 cents - please bring correct change)
  • Microfilm and microfiche readers

Centre Services[edit | edit source]

Staff Research Specialties[edit | edit source]

All Temple and Family History Consultants are volunteers with different areas of expertise and levels of experience. We will do our best to get you going with what you want to do, and will often refer you to somebody who might know more. 

Other patrons are often helpful too. We all learn from one another.



Resources in the Local Area
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The Cowichan Branch of the Vancouver Island Regional Library offers free use of public computers and the Internet for one hour daily. Or one hour of wi-fi access with your own laptop. 

They also have a subscription to Ancestry. You may need staff assistance to find it the first time.

If you wish to order microfilms from Library and Archives Canada - or any other institution that lends to libraries - the Cowichan Branch can order them on your behalf and you can view them on our readers.


Check with other branches of VIRL, as many do offer similar services.


The BC Archives is located in Victoria. You can do quite a bit of advance research online prior to making a trip there. Copies of most BC Birth, Marriage and Death Registrations are now available on their site for free.....there will be a link to them. If there isn't, check back again in a few months because they're still in the process of adding them.


Links[edit | edit source]

  • FamilySearch Research Wiki: What It Can Do For You!: A comprehensive video presentation explaining the Wiki, navigating it, and some especially useful pages. Case studies demonstrate using the Wiki for genealogical research. Editing and adding articles to the Wiki are covered.


http://virl.bc.ca/

http://search-collections.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/Genealogy/basicSearch




Volunteer at the Centre[edit | edit source]

We welcome new volunteers to work in the Family History Centre. Please contact the Stake Temple and Family History Consultant - Center, above.


If you would like to do volunteer transcribing/indexing of records from home, your efforts will be appreciated by untold thousands (millions?) of researchers now and forever. The indexed records will be searchable and the originals will be viewable for FREE to everyone, at www.familysearch.org 


Try it. See if you like it:

https://familysearch.org/volunteer/indexing

http://www.billiongraves.com/