Orange County California FamilySearch Library

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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.

Orange County
FamilySearch Library
Visit Our Website!

Dale & Pat Peterson, Directors


Holiday Schedule
Center Closed

Mon: 9 am - 5 pm

Tue: 9 am – 9 pm

Wed: 9 am - 5 pm

Thu: 9 am – 9 pm 

Fri: 9 am -  5 pm 

Sat: 9 am - 5 pm 

Jan 2: New Year

Apr 1: General Conference

May 29: Memorial Day

Jun 5: Carpet Cleaning

July 4: Independence Day

July 17-29: Summer Maintenance

Sept 4: Labor Day

Sept 30: General Conference

Nov 20-25: Thanksgiving

Dec 18: Christmas/New Year (through 2 January 2018)


674 South Yorba Street, Orange, California

Location Map

Entrance off the parking lot of
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

The public is welcome.

Phone: (714) 997-7710

Mailing Address

P.O. Box 6471
Orange, California 92863-6471

Hardware and Equipment

25 Patron Computers with internet access, WiFi, 6 Microfilm and 1 Microfiche Reader

Digital Scanning from film, Microfiche & Book Copy Machines; Copy to paper, CD or USB Media 

Photo Scanner, Over 10,000 microfilms, Large Periodical Holdings

over 8,500 Books


Class Schedule

Please visit our website for our current class calendar!

Free Database Access

  • Ancestry (use for free)
  • Heritage Quest
  • (New England Historical & Genealogical Society)
  • Access Newspaper Archive 
  • US Civil War Research Database
  • US Civil War Letters and Diaries
  • Images of the American Civil War
  • FindMyPast
  • TheGenealogist
  • British Library 19th C Newspapers
  • WorldVitalRecords
  • Pedigree Resource File
  • Scottish Church Records
  • Korean & Vietnam Casualties

Description of some of the above databases

Fold3 - Fold3 is a subscription-based website that features searchable, original documents that provide users a view of the events, places and people that shaped the American nation and the world. The emphasis of the site is Military Documents. Fold3 is currently working with FamilySearch to index the American Revolutionary War Pension files. Individuals with Footnote subscriptions will be able to sign in with the same Footnote username and password they use at home in order to save, annotate, and upload content.

Godfrey Memorial Library - Godfrey Memorial Library has an extensive collection of essential resources to assist genealogical and historical research. Resources include newspapers, city and business directories, vital records, printed census records, state, county, and local histories, as well as numerous family histories, family bible records, and service and pension records.

Heritage Quest/ProQuest - Heritage Quest online includes the complete set of U.S. Federal Census images from 1790 to 1930 including names and indexes for many of the sets. Users will be able to find people and places located in over 20,000 published family and local histories and PERSI, an index of over 1.9 million genealogy and local history articles.

Other online databases include Revolutionary War Pension, Bounty-Land Warrant Application files, and the Freedman Bank Records. World Vital Records - World Vital Records provides access to research helps and has a wide variety of international records, including more than 60 parish registers, Scottish death records, UK marriages, and Irish prisoner records. There are more than 300 newspapers with 100,000 pages added a month, and over 500 online databases, including vital, military, land, pension records, reference materials, family histories, maps, gazetteers, and international coops. With the recent Quintin Publications partnership, World Vital Records will soon have more than 10,000 databases online. At least one new database is added every business day.