Tucson Arizona West Family History Center

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The Tucson Arizona West Family History Center is located at the Tucson West Stake Center. It serves northwestern Tucson, Oro Valley, Marana, and Picture Rocks. It includes a collection of about 5000 books useful for genealogy research in the United States and Europe, as well as a variety of journals from genealogical societies. Note that there is no charge for using any of the available resources or center services.

Individual Consulting

  • Center staff are available for personal consulting with no appointment needed

Have a church organization and community organization that would like to reserve off-hour time please sign-up here Patrons Scheduling Tucson Arizona  Family History Center

Staff Research Specialties

US Industrial and Agricultural Census Schedules, available on Wednesday and Saturdays


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Center Contacts and Hours

Location & Map:

  • 3530 W Magee, Tucson, AZ 85741 USA
  • From Ina Road go north on Thornydale about one mile to Magee Road. Turn east on Magee, continue one quarter mile to the church building on the left.
  • Take the second entrance on the east side of the building.
  • The Family Search Center is entered through the small door just to the left of the main east entrance of the building.
  • Location Map

Phone: 520-579-3493

E-mail: az_tucsonwest@ldsmail.net

Center Hours:

  • Tuesday: 9AM to 8PM
  • Wednesday: 9AM to 8PM
  • Saturday: 9AM to 1PM

Holiday Schedule:

  • Closed Saturday, 31 March 2018 (General Conference)
  • Closed Saturday, 6 October 2018 (General Conference)
  • Closed for Thanksgiving, Wednesday, 21 November 2018 - Monday 26 November 2018
  • Closed for Christmas, from Friday, 22 December 2018 - Tuesday, 1 January 2019

Calendar and Events

Upcoming Events

Tucson West Family History Center – Thursday January 24th 2019, • Class “The Investigation: 5 Steps to Research Process” presented by Bridgette LeFevre • At Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 3530 W Magee Rd, Tucson, AZ 85741 • Class held at 11 am and again at 7 pm • A range and variety of classes will be continuously held every 4th Thursday of the month. Refer to the website for details https://www.familysearch.org/wiki/en/Tucson_Arizona_West_Family_History_Center

Pinal County Genealogists Sixteenth Annual Genealogy Workshop: Saturday, January 26th, 2019, • 8 am to 4 pm, at Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1555 N. Colorado, Casa Grande, AZ. • Check-in begins at 8 am and first session begins at 9 am. • There will be 20 sessions for both beginners and seasoned researchers. http://pinalctyazgen.com/workshop2019.htm

Family History Fair 2019 - Saturday, February 2, 2019 • Location: Tucson East Stake Center of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and the Tucson Family History Center (in the parking lot of the Church) 6901 E. Kenyon (near Broadway and Kolb, south of Palo Verde Park) • Times: Keynote address starts at 8:30am and classes go to 4:00pm, with a 45-minute lunch break • This is a free event and no registration is required • Handouts: Handouts will be attached to the class descriptions below for you to print out in advance (Presenters will not have handouts at the Fair) • Displays: Several community interest groups and organizations will have displays to visit during breaks and lunch • Snacks and water provided throughout the day, tables available for bring-your-own lunch • Bring a sweater or jacket as the rooms can sometimes feel cold https://www.familysearch.org/wiki/en/Tucson_Arizona_Family_History_Center

Center Resources

We have 10 computers, 3 scanners, and 2 microfilm and microfiche readers.


  • FamilySearch Catalog. Access to the microfilm holdings of the Family History Library in Salt Lake Internet access is available at the library.
  • We have extensive hardbound collections for North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Virginia as well as a few New England collections.

Databases and Software

  • FHC Portal: This center has access to the Family History Center Portal page which gives free access in the center to family history software and websites that generally charge for subscriptions. The resources currently include:
  1. 19th Century British Library Newspapers digital archive – Searchable database of the British Library's newspaper holdings with a complete run of 48 national and regional Victorian British newspapers for the 19th century (from 1800 to 1900)
  2. Access Newspaper Archives – Searchable newspaper archive, featuring billions of articles from historical newspapers around the U.S. and the world
  3. Alexander Street Press - Focused on records from the American Civil War. Searchable information on over 4 million soldiers and thousands of battles, together with 15,000 photographs. Contains approximately 100,000 indexed pages of diaries, letters, and memoirs. Includes images, photographs, posters, and ephemera
  4. Ancestry.com – Searchable collections of records from around the world, including immigration, census, voter, vital, and military records; newspapers and periodicals; family trees; photos and images; directories, maps, court, land, wills and financial records, stories, memories, and histories; and detailed records about births, marriages, deaths, land ownership
  5. ArkivDigital Online – Images of Swedish Church Records and other historical records. Indexed by locality
  6. Find My Past – Searchable collections of records from the United Kingdom and Ireland, including the 1911 Brish Census. (Not all of the content from Find My Past is available in family history centers)
  7. Fold3 – Search or browse millions of historical documents and photos, focused on military records and stories
  8. Heritage Quest Online – Heritage Quest Online database is a collection of material for both genealogical and historical researchers, with coverage dating back to the late 1700s. U.S. federal census images from 1790, books, periodicals, Revolutionary War Era Pension and Bounty-Land Warrant Application Files, Freedman’s Bank records
  9. Historic Map Works Library Edition - Digital map collections available, with high-resolution, full color historic and antique maps
  10. Legacy Stories - Resource for storing and publishing online familyy history information in text, audio, and multi-media formats
  11. Paper Trail – Provides access to 19th-century westward American migration documents
  12. World Vital Records – Access to birth, marriage, and death records; Social Security Death Index; family trees; census records; immigration records; court, land, and probate records; military records directory lists; newspapers, family histories, reference materials, biographies, wills, gravestone photos, ship manifests, map collections, and yearbook collections

Hardware and Equipment

  • Eleven computers with internet access, each with dual monitors
  • One microfilm scanner - bring a USB flash drive to store your digitized documents
  • Two microfilm readers
  • Two scanners for digitizing photographs, slides, negatives, and documents - bring an USB flash drive to store your digitized documents
  • Wireless access available upon request.