Seattle Washington Shoreline 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.

Located in the north wing of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, we serve the areas of Shoreline, Edmonds, Brier, Kenmore, Bothell, Mountlake Terrace and Lynnwood. We are open over 200 hrs a month and are staffed by 30 + volunteers (mostly they volunteer). Our Facility covers more than 2000 sq ft with 5 different rooms for computers, Microfilm\fiche, library, instructional classrooms, and Audio/Visual recording.

Family History Center is OPEN.[edit | edit source]

The center no longer has a land line. Please contact our Directors, Mark Calkins 425-350-7226 or Margitta Calkins 425-771-0958[edit | edit source]

Center Contacts and Hours[edit | edit source]

We are so happy to finally be opening up again. Please notice that we no longer have a phone for the center see information above, as to who to contact for information.

Open Hours:



Location Map:


  • 22015 48th Ave W Mountlake Terrace WA 98043 United States
  • Language:English


Weather Advisory:

And a winter weather reminder -  if the Edmonds School District has closed school, our Library will be closed, also.

Holiday Schedule:

When the Edmonds School District is closed for a Holiday so is the Family History Library. This usually happens on Mondays.


To sign up for a classes please click on the class name or on the date that class is offered

Family History Classes – Fall 2021 and Spring 2022

Family History Classes are being offered using the Zoom technology. The classes offered this fall, including the date and time, are found below. You can register for a class by clicking on the name of the class or the date/time the class is offered. That will result in an email back to the registrant with a Zoom invitation. The classes will be taught by Keith and Janice Allred.

Temple and Family History Consultants; The Basics

Saturday, September 25 at 10:00 am

Are you a newly called Temple and Family History Consultant? Have you been serving for some time and still need to understand what you are asked to do? This class will help you to understand your calling, from the basics of what you are asked to do, to understanding where your calling fits into the ward and stake temple and family history work.

Temple and Family History Consultants; How to Find Temple Names on a Full Family Tree

Saturday, October 16 at 10:00 am

Temple and Family History Consultants are often asked to help members find names for temple work on family trees that are very full. This class will discuss ways to find temple ready names when the person’s family tree has much of the temple work already done.

Is that Person Really my Ancestor?

Saturday, November 13 at 10:00 am

How do you know when you access a book or a genealogical tree on FamilySearch, Ancestry, or other genealogy websites that a person who purports to be an ancestor is in fact your ancestor? Often, that person is not your ancestor. This class will discuss strategies that you can use to properly identify your ancestors, whether it be to correct your information on your tree or to make sure you are doing temple work for the right person, not someone who is unrelated to you.

The FamilySearch Catalog; Tips and Tricks to Maximize your Research

Saturday, January 15 at 10:00 am

The catalog in FamilySearch is one of the most powerful and underutilized tools that you can use to find records about your ancestors. This class will help you understand the power of the catalog to find records in both indexed and unindexed record collections.

Family History Evidence: How to Understand, Evaluate and Use It

Saturday, February 12 at 10:00 am

The documents that evidence the family history events in your ancestors’ lives vary greatly in its ability to prove what happened. This class will give you the tools to understand types of documents, their strengths and weaknesses, and how to use them to properly to evidence the events in your ancestors’ lives.

Use of Timelines in Family History Research

Saturday, March 19 at 10:00 am

Timelines are a particularly valuable tool to organize your family history research, to find opportunities for further research, and to understand your ancestors’ lives. This class will discuss various strategies that use timelines to further your research and to understand the events that affected your ancestors’ lives.

Creating Books on Your Family History

Saturday, April 9 at 10:00 am

Have you ever thought that you would like to publish a book on your family history? This class will discuss book publishing, from ones about your immediate family to ones that describe your family tree, going back generations. It will discuss books printed on your printer, electronic publishing, and hard copy publishing.

Updates on DNA Testing and DNA Genealogy

Saturday, May 14 at 10:00 am

This class will update the previous classes on DNA which were presented in 2020 and 2021 with the latest offerings by the DNA testing companies and the new and improved methods that have been developed to understand and use your DNA test results to further your genealogical research.

Classes will be offered using Zoom technology.

To sign up for a classes please click on the class name or on the date that class is offered

All of the previous classes have been recorded. If you would like to review the recordings please click on the link below.[edit | edit source]

1. Intro to DNA:

Christmas season is rapidly approaching when the DNA testing companies offer their DNA test kits at bargain prices. This class will discuss the basics of DNA as it applies to family history. You will learn about what DNA can and cannot do to assist you in discovering and understanding your ancestors. The class will discuss the types of DNA tests that are offered by the testing companies, and what each type of test will do. This will allow you to select the company and test which best fits your family history goals.

2. Family Search Basics

Did you make a New Year’s resolution to begin to do family history? Have you not been on FamilySearch for years? Have you been confused by all of the changes to FamilySearch? This class will give you all of the basics on how to use to find and document your ancestors.

3. Understanding and Using your test results

You have now received your DNA test results. But what do they mean and how can you use them? This class will discuss what your results mean and the tools that are available to assist you in using your test results to identify your DNA relatives.

4. Getting the most out of the Census. If available, censuses are one of the first sources that you should consult when trying to identify ancestors. But they are also one of the most underutilized sources. This class will discuss how to mine the overlooked detail in the census can that you can use to focus and document your research.

5. Organizing and Preserving Family History Photos, Do you have a box of family photos languishing in some dark corner of a closest? This class will discuss how to organize your photos, and how to preserve your photos, both physically and electronically.

6. Genealogy Software

Many genealogists, even those using free or subscription-based web programs (e.g., FamilySearch or Ancestry), find it useful to have stand-alone programs to keep their family history information. This class will discuss genealogy software that you can use to keep your family history information outside of the web-based genealogy programs. It will discuss programs that can be used on computers and mobile devices using various operating software - Microsoft Windows (PC’s), Apple MacOS (Mac’s) Linux, and Android and Apple iOS – many of which interface with the web-based programs.

Staff Training Meetings: Every 2nd Tuesday of the month, 7 pm at the Shoreline Family History Center.[edit | edit source]

Center Resources[edit | edit source]

Collections[edit | edit source]

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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.

Hardware and Equipment[edit | edit source]

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Center Services[edit | edit source]

Staff Research Specialties[edit | edit source]

Resources in the Local Area[edit | edit source]

Fiske Genealogical Library (Website) 1644 43rd Ave.E., Seattle, WA 98112; 206-328-2716.

The National Archives at Seattle (Website) 6125 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle, WA 98115-7999.

Washington State Digital Archives (Website) Washington state vital records online.

Washington State Genealogical Society (Website).

Washington State Library (Website).

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Volunteer at the Center[edit | edit source]

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