Torrance California Family History Center

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Torrance Stake Center
Torrance Family History Center has been serving the community since October 1989. Our Center is staffed by a group of dedicated and knowledgeable Family History Volunteers who can help with any research problem.

Center Contacts and Hours



  • 22605 Kent Ave Torrance California 90505 United States
  • Cross street is Sepulvada Blvd - building is at the end of the street on the right.
  • Language:English

Phone:      1-310-791-6256


Open Hours:

  • Monday:    9:30am - 4:30pm
  • Thursday:  9:30am - 8:30pm
  • Saturday:   9:30am - 1:00pm

Holiday Closure Schedule:

Martin Luther King Day(Monday): President's Day(Monday): General Conference (1st Saturday in April and October): Memorial Day:(Saturday and Monday) Independence Day: Labor Day: Thanksgiving: Christmas and New Years:

The Torrance Family History Center will be closed from Monday, December 21 through January 2, 2016.  We will reopen on Monday, January 4.

2016 Staff Meeting Dates:4th Thursday of the month

Calendar and Events

Classes and Trainings

Center Resources

Databases and Software - currently those are

  • FHC Portal This center has access to the Premium Family History Websites page (Portal) which gives free access to the sites below.

=====          19th Century British Library Newspaper Digital Archive
         Alexander Street Press
         The American Civil War:
         Research Database |Letters and Diaries |Images, Photographs, Posters, ...
         Women and Social Movements in the United States - Institution version.
         Create your Who Do You Think You Are? Story, for free
         Findmypast - Institution version.
         Historic Map Works - Library Edition
         MyHeritage - Library Edition
         Access Newspaper Archive
         Paper Trail
         ProQuest Obituary Listings - Premium Services
         World Vital Records

Hardware and Equipment

  • 6 Computers - Internet Access
  • 5 Microfilm  and 3 Fiche Readers

Center Services 

Staff Research Specialties

  • British Isles - French Canada
  • Search techniques for the Census


Resources in the Local Area

South Bay Cities Genealogy Society

Mail to our PO Box at 4733 Torrance Blvd., #814 Torrance, California 90503

Meeting - 3301 W. Torrance Blvd.

Please come to one of our monthly meetings*, held at 7pm every 3rd Wednesday of the month (no meeting in December) at the Torrance Civic Center Library in the meeting room. Meetings are free and everyone is welcome! If you choose to join, our annual dues are only $20/individual or $23/family per year. Here are a few of the benefits you will enjoy...

*At the October 21st meeting Lorna Rice will demonstrate an easy method for genealogy organization for you or to share with a non-genealogist.

- Free Genealogy library with several books and publications to help in your research.
- Our experienced members to help you at the library and at meetings.
- Interesting and informative speakers at our monthly meetings.
- Subscription to our bi-monthly newsletter.
- Books and material for sale that are helpful in genealogical research.


  • 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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Volunteer at the Center

We welcome anyone who is willing to serve.