San Rafael California Family History Center

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Marin Family History Center

The Marin Family History Center is located in San Rafael, one-half mile past the Civic Center, on the southeast corner of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. We are full-service library, staffed 20 hours a week by a range of volunteers with varied backgrounds, many of whom are professional genealogists on loan from the Marin Genealogical Society. Please stop by anytime--it's a library, so you don't need an appointment, don't need to be a member of the genealogical society or the church. Over 90% of people who walk in off the street find their ancestors on the first day!

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Calendar and Events

Center Contacts and Hours

Location Map:


  • 220 N San Pedro Rd San Rafael Ca 94903 United States
  • Language:English


  • 1-415-226-9501



Open Hours:

  • Tuesday:1:00pm-9:00pm
  • Wednesday:9:00am-1:00pm
  • Thursday:5:00pm-9:00pm
  • Friday:9:00am-1:00pm

Holiday Schedule:

Upcoming Events

Class Schedule

Center Resources


  • Large collection of books, especially books about the history of various local areas
    plus many purchased CDs of records that aren't yet on the internet


  • Our catalog is located at Click search, then Catalog
  • Under “Search these Family History Centers” select San Rafael California Family History Center
  • The catalog allows patrons to:
    • Search by Places, Surnames, Titles, Authors, Subjects or Keywords
    • Broaden a search to other local family history centers or to the holdings of the Family History Library in Salt Lake City
    • Have a direct link to the growing collection of online resources at and elsewhere

      Direct link to the FamilySearch Catalog :FamilySearch Catalog

      Link to an Introduction to the FamilySearch Catalog:Introduction to the Catalog

Databases and Software

  • FHC 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.

Hardware and Equipment

  • 12 Computers, updated regularly
  • 6 printers
  • scanner / microfilm scanner / microfiche scanner
  • microfilm and microfiche readers

Center Services

Staff Research Specialties

  • There is at all times a volunteer on staff from the Marin County Genealogical Society
  • Multiple professional genealogists and researchers will be here when you come and are excited to help
  • We have access to many/all languages

Resources in the Local Area

  • Marin County Genealogical Society (link)


  • 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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