Oakland California FamilySearch Library/Library Resources

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Discovery Center

70+ Computers

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Free premium genealogical sites at the FHC Portal:

  • AmericanAncestors.org (New England Historic Genealogical Society-NEHGS)
  • Ancestry.com (Largest commercial genealogy site)
  • Archion (German Lutheran Church Records)
  • Arkivdigital (Swedish Database)
  • Find My Past (Commercial Genealogy Site- strong in British Isles, Australian, and Canadian records)
  • Fold3 (Specialty in Military records)
  • GenealogyBank.com (Newspapers)
  • My Heritage (Commercial Genealogy Site - strong in European records)
  • Newspapers.com (Newspapers)

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Additional Capabilities:

  • Genealogy database software: Ancestral Quest, Legacy, RootsMagic
  • Research aids such as HistoryGeo
  • Research databases as Acadian-Cajun Family Trees, Australian Vital Records, Mormon Immigration Index
  • LibreOffice for word processing, spreadsheet and presentation preparation
  • Photo editing software: IrfanView, HP Photo Smart Essential, MGI Photo Suite, ACD Foto Slate
  • Microfilm ScanPro Digitizing Equipment

Online Catalog

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To access the single world-wide catalog for all FamilySearch libraries and centers, click here:

To NARROW your search to materials specific to the Oakland FamilySearch Library, take these steps:

  1. Click on the Catalog button above
  2. Under Availability, click on "Family History Center"
  3. Press the down arrow to select "Oakland California FamilySearch Library"
  4. Search by Places, Surnames, Titles, Authors, Subjects or Keywords

To BROADEN your search to other family history centers and to the holdings of the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, select the desired name from the dropdown "Family History Center" list.

For an introduction to the FamilySearch Catalog Click here: Introduction to the Catalog

Classrooms Available for Reservation. Call (510) 531-3905

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Computer Lab available for group classes, Temple & Family History Consultants and others

  • Capacity: 14 class members each with computer for hands-on learning
  • Teaching station with computer and a projector to large screen
  • Printer access for all stations

Learning Center

  • Capacity: 50 class members
  • Includes an extra-large screen, projector and teaching station with computer for the instructor
  • Printer access

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Digitizing Stations

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  • Scanning & digitizing photos, photo albums, negatives, slides, and books (USB drives available)
  • Microfilm & Microfiche reading and digitizing
  • Shot Box for photographing 3-D heirlooms; 16" X 16" X 16"
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Shotbox for photographing 3-D heirlooms
Microfilm and Microfiche reading

Books and Resources of Local & International Interest

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The library has an 8,0000-volume family history book collection, including a Special Collections section.

Resources of local interest:

  • Alameda County Obituary Card File 1985-2002: an alphabetical card file containing more than 35,000 obituaries clipped from Alameda County newspapers (95% from the "Alameda Times Star")
  • California Mission Records: microfilmed copies of original mission records dating from the 1770s to the early 1900s

Resources of international interest:

  • Growing collection of church records from the Azores
  • Records of births, marriages and deaths from Tonga. These typescript copies of vital records in Tonga date from the late 1860's to 1942
  • City Directories - extensive collection across many parts of the United States

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Maps, Book Binding and Discovery Center

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We have a large collection of local maps for perusing. Book binding services are also available with a fully equipped workshop.
The Discovery Center allows patrons to learn more about their heritage, their family name and their ancestors. For more information on the Discovery Center, click on the "Virtual Tours and Discovery Center" tab.

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Lunchroom & Family/Children's Area

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Pictured below is a lunchroom facility for patron use, which includes a refrigerator, microwave and toaster oven. Also pictured is a designated area for small children to play.

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Finally, the EXPERTISE of our staff. Contact us & see if we can help! (510) 531-3905

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