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Lodi California 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.

The Lodi California Family History Center is located in San Joaquin County, California, north of Stockton.

Center Contacts and Hours[edit | edit source]

Location and Map:


  • 731 North Ham Lane, Lodi, CA 95240-2313 United States
  • Enter from the church parking lot on Daisy Avenue.
  • Please ring the doorbell if the door is locked.
  • Language:English


  • 1-209 369-4148



Open Hours:

  • Tuesday:  10:00am-5:00pm and 7:00pm-9:00pm
  • Wednesday:  1:00pm-4:00pm and 7:00pm-9:00pm
  • Thursday:  10:00am-5:00pm and 7:00pm-9:00pm
  • Saturday:  9:00am-12:00pm

Holiday Schedule:

Closed for Federal Holidays, General Conference weekends (1st weekend of April and October), Thanksgiving week, Christmas 2 week break. 

Calendar and Events[edit | edit source]

Scheduled classes will be posted when arranged. 

Collections[edit | edit source]

  • FamilySearch Catalog: This center receives any of the films and fiche available through the FamilySearch Catalog.
  • For Lodi's large German from Russia population, the Lodi center has a number of resources relevant to that community, such as the 81 microfilm set of the Saint Petersburg Lutheran Consistory parish records. Dictionaries, gazetteers, and other books relevant to a variety of locations are also available.
  • Over 200 microfilms with Finnish church and vital records
  • An index of births, deaths, marriages extracted from the Lodi News-Sentinel from 1881-2005, and from the Valley Review, a defunct newspaper.

Databases and Software for use at the Lodi FHC[edit | edit source]

  • FHC Portal provides free public access to premium family history software and websites. Utilize valuable subscription web sites such as, Fold3, HeritageQuest, FindMyPast, Historic Map Works, and others to research your family lines.
  • The Lodi FHC also subscribes to Genealogy Bank, offering digital images of newspapers, and the New England Historic Genealogical Society's American Ancestors web site.
  • AniMap displays and prints changing county and state boundaries over time.
  • DeedMapper plots maps from metes and bounds descriptions in land records.
  • Photoshop Elements can enhance readability of old documents and restore family photos.
  • Legacy, RootsMagic, and Family Insight are available for recording your family tree. Free versions are available online for your use at home.  

Free Special Services
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  • Archival technology to migrate your data from old storage devices to current modes of data storage: We have archival technology to read, save, and transfer your old files to current storage devices. Is your data still on a floppy drive or zip drive? We can transfer your files from 5-1/4 inch floppies, 3-1/2 inch floppies, zip 100 and zip 250 drives to a flash drive or DVD for you. Call 209-369-4148 to make an appointment for transfer assistance.
  • Optical character recognition (Nuance OCR): Do you have a typed manuscript, newspaper article on yellowing paper, or family stories your grandparents told in a one-of-a-kind book? Scan the document. Convert the image from a picture of the page to a written transcript in Word or other software of your choice. OCR software can "read" the image and type it out for you. Call 209-369-4148 to make an appointment for assistance.
  • Voice recognition software (Dragon): Transform audio files into typed transcripts. Play the tape or digital recording, and voice recognition software types it out for you. Call 209-369-4148 to make an appointment for assistance.

Hardware and Equipment[edit | edit source]

  • Patrons are invited to use our computers, scanner, printers, and copier at no charge for their genealogical research. Twelve work stations are available.
  • Three microfilm readers, two microfiche readers, and a film/fiche reader printer are available.

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.

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