Richland Washington 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 Richland Washington Family History Center serves People in Richland, West Richland, and others in the Tri-Cities, Washington Area.  It is located at 1314 Goethals in Richland, Washington as a free standing Red Brick Building behind the Jadwin Chapel at 1321 Jadwin and across Jadwin Ave from the Uptown Shopping Center in Richland, Washington.  

The Richand FHC is home to the Tri-City Genealogical Society and we share resources with them and house their records.

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Center Contacts and Hours[edit | edit source]

Location Map:


  • 1314 Goethals Ave Richland WA 99352-2218 United States
  • The FHC is an free standing building behind the Jadwin Chapel.
  • Both are Older Red Brick Buildings.
  • Chapel parking is available to the FHC.
  • The building is easily accessible to handicapped individuals. See photo.
  • Language: English


  • 1-509-946-6637


Open Hours:

The Family History Center is open with the following schedule:

  • Monday: closed
  • Tuesday: 10 to 4 PM
  • Wednesday: 6-9 PM
  • Thursday: 10 to 4 PM And 6-9 PM
  • Friday: 10 to 1 PM
  • Saturday: closed

Call Wayne at 509-531-2728 to schedule group visits.

Holiday Schedule:

Closed for most Holidays and on Conference Saturdays and in cases of hazardous weather. Call for specific details.

Calendar and Events[edit | edit source]

Individual training is provided as requested by patrons.[edit | edit source]

Center Resources[edit | edit source]

Collections[edit | edit source]

  • The Tri-City Genealogical Society (TCGS) library and FHC library houses a collection of local and international resources that includes about 3000 books, 450 periodicals, 200 CDs, 3000 microfilms and thousands of microfiche. 
  • See the FamilySearch Catalog to search for specific books.
  • The TCGS collection includes microfilms of the Tri City Herald (a local newspaper) from January 1970 through January 2001.

Databases and Software[edit | edit source]

  • Family History Center 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 including:
    • Ancestry
    • Find my Past
    • My Heritage
    • ArkivDigital
    • Fold 3

Hardware and Equipment[edit | edit source]

    • Twenty-four computers with internet access and a dedicated printer
    • Lexmark All in One Printer with Scanning and Digitizing capabilities
    • Microfilm readers
    • Digitizer for microfilm and microfiche

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Center Services[edit | edit source]

Staff Research[edit | edit source]

  • A staff of over 30 people with multiple skills
  • US Research
  • Civil War
  • Swedish Research
  • German Research
  • British Isles Research
  • Canada Research
  • Italy Research

Resources in the Local Area - Richland City Library - has internet access to and Heritage Quest.  It also has significant history of the local area and the developments at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation.[edit | edit source]

  • Important facts for conducting research in Benton and Franklin Counties:
    ■  Some Benton and Franklin County records are available at the Washington State Digital Archives.
    ■  Some Benton and Franklin County records have been archived at the Washington State Archives Central Regional Branch. Visit this site to determine what you can access at the archive and what you must access at the county courthouse.

Links[edit | edit source]

Volunteer at the Center[edit | edit source]

Individuals interested in learning about genealogy can serve at the center with more experienced staff and learn through experience.  Staff librarians are always needed.

If you are interested in helping, please contact Wayne Ross, the Family History Center Leader, at the FHC or at 509-531-2728