Gainesville Florida Family History Center

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Gainesville Florida Family History Center

Center Contacts and Hours

Location Map:


  • 10600 SW 24th Ave Gainesville FL 32607-4618 United States
  • Entrance is at the East side of the building.
  • Language:English, Spanish on request (usually Monday)


  • 1-352-332-0012



Open Hours: Please ring the bell at the side of the outer door.

  • Monday: 10:00am-1:00pm
  • Tuesday:  6:30pm-9:00pm
  • Wednesday: 10:00am-1:00pm and

(PLEASE call on Tuesday and Wednesday night if you plan on coming after 8pm. Our Consultants come to the center straight from work. If no patrons are here by 8pm, we send the consultants home.)

Holiday Schedule: Closed on

February 14 - Valentines Day

May 29 - Memorial Day

July 3 - 4 - July 4th Holiday

September 4 - Labor Day

October 31 - Halloween

November 20-26 - Thanksgiving

December 20 - January 2 - Christmas

Calendar and Events

Upcoming Events

Class Schedule:

The 2nd Thursday of each month 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. Rhonda Harrell Instructor

(Those attending the class may stay from 8:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. for additional help)

This year (2017) Rhonda is teaching Search/Re-search." January -February - March - April - May - June - July - August - September - October - November - December -

Staff Training Meetings:

The'1st'Thursday of the month quarterly (Feb 9(Xled) rebooked for Mar 2, May 4, Aug 3, Nov 2)7:00 - 8:00 pm [This is a change from Previous years. We are no longer having it monthly]

Tatiana Castillo - Instructor

The 4th Monday of each month from 12 noon - 1:00pm (Feb 20, May 22, Aug 28, Nov 13-2nd Monday) Jennifer Ingley - Instructor

Center Resources


  • We have a collection of films pertaining to the Southeast United States, British Isles, Illinios and others.  Our fiche collection is varied and is undergoing cataloging into a searchable database.
  • We have a very nice collection of books pertaining to the Southeast United States and a smattering of other States and other countries.  We have many reference books.
  • We have a very nice collection of family histories that are bound books.

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.
  • FHL Favorites; The staff of the Salt Lake City Library have assembled a collection of websites that they send patrons to for research in different countries. Some of the sites do charge a fee. This is a good reference site.

Hardware and Equipment

We have several Microfilm readers in a separate room. 

Microfiche readers are available. We have seven computers available. We will soon have a computer in Spanish and one in Chinese available

We have scanners that will read your 35mm film/slides/110 film to an SD card. They will scan papers of varying sizes - front and back - to your thumb drive or laptop. We have a FlipPal that will scan large pictures/maps/etc and stitch them together. Or if your pictures are glued in the album you can scan them without tearing them out - all to your SD card. (FlipPal) The Lexmark will scan directly to your FamilyTree account.

Center Services We now have a consultant that can assist those who speak Spanish. Please call and let us know, so that she can make arrangements to be here.

Staff Research Specialties

Resources in the Local Area

University of Florida Library West has a large collection of records for the Southeast and Florida.  They are available for viewing in the library.  Best time to go is when UF is on break!

Alachua County Downtown Library has a nice collection for the county and state.


  • 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.

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Volunteer at the Center

If you are interested in volunteering, please come in to the center or call Elizabeth Rae at 352-377-1441