Maple Valley Washington Family History Center

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Center Contacts and Hours

Location Map:

Address:

  • 26800 236th Pl SE Maple Valley WA 98038 United States
  • Our Center is right off the Four Corners interchange on Maple Valley Highway heading north toward Black Diamond and Enemclaw.
  • At the Four Corners intersection turn right onto Kent Kangley Road toward Covington and right onto the first residental street (approx. 1000 feet)
  • Large LDS church enter via the west entrance.
  • Language:English

Phone:

  • 1-425-413-7566

E-mail:

Open Hours:

  • Wednesday: 9:00am-1:00pm and 7:00pm-9:00pm
  • Saturday:10:00am-1:00pm

Holiday Schedule:

Closed the Saturday before Christmas til Tuesday after New Years, but you can call for special appointments:



Calendar and Events

Upcoming Events 2017 & 2018

November (Third Thursday) Staff Training

December (Third Thursday) NO Staff Training

January (Third Thursday) Staff Training

February (Third Thursday) Staff Training


Class Schedule

Staff Training Meetings Third Thursday of each month at Center 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm

November thru February staff training of  2017 & 2018   Primarly we will be using a checklist to assist staff consultants complete recommended training.

  • Visiting the Wiki web site for our Center how to get to it and see upcoming events - you can also edit so dive in.
  • Using the LDS Blog found on the FamilySearch website. Register if you have not and log on - will give some quick remedial training in using it. It is not self intuitive.
  • What is our role as Temple and Family History Consultants? Do we just staff, or train and in what catagory do we actively participate in the Patron learning experience. 
  • Continuing to look for more staff to support a growing interest in Family History.

Center Resources

The FamilySearch Catalog is available online @ familysearch.org, and can be searched by place name, family surname, resource title, author, subject, call number, film number or key word. GET NUMBERS Click the down arrow at the end of the Search field to select the category of information you wish to search.

Currently all FHC PC's run using Windows 7 Operating system.

Collections

  • We have approximatly 500 microfilms in our cabinet and about 21 inches of microfiche including the 1881 Scotland, England and Wales Census.  Some of our patrons are doing active research in Italy, Germany and the Baltic area.

Databases and Software

  • FHC Portal  Portal page which gives free access at the Center to premium family history software and websites that generally charge for subscriptions. 
  • Subscriptions available through the LDS FHC Portal
  1. Ancestry.com
  2. FOLD3 (previously Footnotes)
  3. The Genealogist
  4. Heritage Quest
  5. Alexander Street Press  The American Civil War
  6. Arkiv Digital On-line
  7. World Vital Records
  8. Paper Trail
  9. Historical Maps
  • Software Available on Center PC's  If you want to bring your genealogy program on a zip drive and load and use in the Center or get further training you can do that.. But remember to take your updated copy (GEDCOM) home with you to your PC.  Most popular genealogy software programs are available at the Center:
  1. Ancestral Quest 14.5
  2. Family Insight
  3. GenLines
  4. Get My Ancestors
  5. Magic Key Family Tree
  6. Rootsmagic 6.0
  7. Legacy 7.5
  8. PAF 5.0

Hardware and Equipment

  • We currently have four computers connected to the internet and WIFI is available for lap top or CAT5 connection. We are connected via COMCAST.
    We have five microfilm readers, two microfiche readers and a Canon 300 film scanner attached to a PC for saving film images. It gets a lot of use, bring a zip drive for off line storage though CD's can be burned. at no cost.

Center Services

Staff Research Specialties

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Resources in the Local Area

Local Resources for that you should also consider if doing personal research in'''South King County.


Links

Web based Family History Training.

As you may not be aware most of the major Family History Genealogy programs have embrased Webinar as a training medium.  The Center does not approve any given genealogy program.  but the training provided by these sites can be invaluable.



Family Search  Free on line courses literally hundreds from FamilySearch.org https://www.familysearch.org/learningcenter

Rootsmagic http://www.rootsmagic.com/webinars/     

Legacy http://www.legacyfamilytree.com/webinars.asp  

Family Insight http://www.ohanasoftware.com/?sec=webinars 


Volunteer at the Center

We are always looking for new volenteers to support our patron needs, regardless of skills and talents - we can use you and will give you invaluable time to become trained in what our center provides.  Give me a call Carl Rigtrup 425 271-1614 or carlrigtrup@gmail.com or our center website.