Valencia California Family History Center

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Interested in your genealogy? Are you seeking information about your roots? Want to know who you came from? Have you wondered who your great-great-great grandfather was? You can start or continue your family search without charge at the Valencia Family History Center. Established in 1978, it is open to the public 45 hours each week. The all-volunteer staff of research experts assist interested patrons, who have made more than 2,200 visits to the Center each year. In addition to providing personal assistance, the center’s equipment include computers with free access to premium websites, microfilm and microfiche readers with access to more than 2 million rolls of microfilm, printers, scanners, and a book library. For 24-hour recorded information or to speak with someone at the Center, call 661-259-1347.

Center Contacts and Hours

Location Map:

Address:

  • 24443 W. McBean Pkwy Valencia California 91355 United States
  • Language:English

Phone:

  • 1-661-259-1347

E-Mail:

  • ValenciaFHC@outlook.com or CA_Valencia@ldsmail.net

Open Hours:

  • Mon: 9:00am-5:00pm
  • Tue: 9:00am-5:00pm; 6:00pm-9:00pm
  • Wed: 9:00am-5:00pm; 6:00pm-9:00pm
  • Thu: 9:00am-5:00pm; 6:00pm-9:00pm
  • Sat: 9:00am-1:00pm

2018 Holiday Schedule- Closed:

 Feb 19 Presidents Day
 Mar 31 General Conference
 May 28 Memorial Day
 Jul  4 Independence Day
 Sep  3 Labor Day
 Oct  6 General Conference
 Nov 22 Thanksgiving Day  Closed from 5-9pm on Nov 21st
 Dec 21-31 Christmas Week (by appointment only-661-803-3469)


Calendar and Events

Santa Clarita Valley Family History Fair

Great Annual Event

Saturday, April 14, 2018 - 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

Pre-Register here starting March 2018

Family History Center Class Schedule for 2018

Classes are free and open to the general public. All dates shown are on Thursday - Instruction from 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm.  To be added to our email list and be notified of upcoming seminars and events, click here

January 4, 2018

Seminar: "Don't Just Be a Search, Be a Researcher"

Description: In this age of easy internet access to billions of genealogical records, internet search engines, and SIRI it is easy to think all we have to do is ask a computer for the identity of our great-great-grandparents. Searching is a great first step. But then we must research. And re-search. And re-search again. In this presentation we will cover the basics of good search strategies and some tips about how to be an even better researcher.

(Presenter: Crista Cowan, Corporate Genealogist with Ancestry. Class level: All)

January 18, 2018

Seminar: "Mothers, Daughters, Wives: Tracing Female Lines"

Description: Our family history isn't complete without the stories of the women of our families. But all too often they're the ones who just aren't there: not in the records, not in the censuses, not on juries, not in the voting booth. Yet despite the limited public existence of women under the law, there are many records left by, about or relevant to our female ancestors. Learn how to find the mothers, daughters, wives in your lines through their own records and the records of their menfolk. (Presenter: Judy G. Russell. Class level: Beginner to intermediate)

February 1, 2018

Seminar: "Start Building Your Family Tree on FamilySearch"

Description: In this class, you will learn how to get started finding YOUR ancestors in the world's Family Tree on FamilySearch. It has been said that this is the best way to discoverpreserve and share your family history. You will learn how to use your family tree to search the billions of records on FamilySearch.org and make new discoveries about your ancestors.  If you have a laptop, you might want to bring it. Also, make sure you know your FamilySearch username and password.

(Presenters: Tom and Linda Tippets. Class level: Beginner)

Databases and Software☁

Free commercial websites at the Valencia California Family History Center

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 as follows:

The 19th Century British Library Newspapers digital archive

This fully searchable database of the British Library's newspaper holdings provides a complete run of 48 national and regional Victorian British newspapers for the 19th century from 1800 to 1900. These support the study of colonial history, genealogical research, politics, urban studies, and media courses.

Alexander Street Press, American Civil War

  • Research Data: Contains indexed, searchable information on over 4 million soldiers and thousands of battles, together with 15,000 photographs.
  • Letters and Diaries: Contains approximately 100,000 indexed pages of diaries, letters, and memoirs, including 4,000 pages of previously unpublished manuscripts, such as the letters of Amos Wood and his wife and the diary of Maryland planter William Claytor
  • Images, Photographs, Posters, and Ephemera: Provides a vivid history of the American Civil War with over 1,400 images. 
  • Social and Cultural History: Personal accounts of well-known historical figures.
  • Women and Social Movements in the United States: Organized around the history of women in social movements in the United States between 1600 and 2000 A.D.

American Ancestors

Advance your family history research today with AmericanAncestors.org! Created by the expert staff at New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS), America's founding genealogical organization, AmericanAncestors.org is the portal to the nation's leading resource for the highest-quality comprehensive family history services. Consult with our expert staff, some of the most respected genealogists in the profession. Read the most significant original scholarship and important publications in genealogy. Access millions of exclusive and sought-after records online. Learn with in-depth online courses and webinars from expert staff. Explore the largest collection of original family history research materials in America.

Ancestry.com

Ancestry gives you access to thousands of 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, and much more. It is the largest for-profit genealogy company in the world.

ArkivDigital Online

ArkivDigital is the largest private provider of Swedish Church Records and other historical records online! All images are newly photographed color images of the original documents. Click the link from the Premium Family History Websites page to install the current client version of ArkivDigital Online.

findmypast

findmypast makes it easy to research your UK ancestry and create your family tree. Search census records and trace births, marriages, and deaths to bring your family history to life. Please note that not all of the content from findmypast is available in family history centers. 1911 British Census (accessed through the findmypast website)—The 1911 UK Census is a record of everyone who lived in England and Wales in 1911. It provides a unique snapshot of the lives of those who lived at that time.

Fold3 

(formerly Footnote.com) Search or browse millions of historical documents and photos. Fold3 has refocused their efforts on gathering the best online collection of military records and stories. The Fold3 name reflects military history and honor, since traditionally, the third fold in a flag-folding ceremony honors and remembers veterans for their sacrifice in defending their country and promoting peace in the world.

Geneanet

With 3 billion referenced individuals and 600,000 trees online, Geneanet is the first site dedicated to genealogy in France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Sweden, and Germany. The Geneanet community has two million members who exchange genealogical information.

Kinpoint Premium

Kinpoint is designed to make it easier for you to do your family history by letting you see what to work on at a glance; quickly find missing information in your family tree; and discover insights into the lives of your ancestors.

MyHeritage—Library Edition

Used by millions of people worldwide to help research family history, build a family tree, and add photos, historical records, and more. MyHeritage is an online genealogy platform with web, mobile, and software products and services that was first developed and popularized by the Israeli company MyHeritage in 2003. Users of the platform can browse through photos, and search billions of global historical records, among other features. As of 2015, the service supports 42 languages and has around 80 million users worldwide. In January 2017 it was reported that MyHeritage has 35 million family trees on its website. The company is headquartered in Or Yehuda, Israel with additional offices in Tel Aviv, Lehi, Utah, and Burbank, California.

Newspaper Archive

"NewspaperArchive.com is the world's largest online newspaper archive. Featuring billions of articles from historical newspapers around the U.S. and the world, NewspaperARCHIVE makes exploring history and genealogy easy and fun. Discover fascinating news in archived newspapers hundreds of years old—including obituaries, birth announcements, sports articles, comics, and more—to fill in the life stories you are interested in. And share those stories with others through our community at Our NewspaperARCHIVE. All of our historical newspapers are full-page and fully searchable. Try exploring above, and discover your history today!"

Paper Trail

Provides access to 19th-century westward American migration documents.

ProQuest Obituary Listings

The ProQuest obituaries collection is a premier resource for genealogical and historical research. You can use the collection to search obituaries and death notices from prominent newspapers, such as the New York Times (dating back to 1851). The collection includes both famous and lesser-known individuals and can be searched by name or by keywords appearing in the body of the article.

Puzzilla (Premium Version)

Find new research opportunities on descendant lines in Family Tree.

Hardware and Equipment

Our Family History Center is equipped with:
  1. Nine (9) large screen personal computers for your family history use. Four (4) laptop personal computer
  2. One (1) copier, printer (laser) and scanner that can scan to your FamilySearch account or personal flash drive.
  3. Two (2) laser printers (10 cents per page)
  4. Three (2) Microfilm viewers (35 and 16 mm)
  5. One (1) Microfiche viewer
  6. One (1) camera to take pictures of microfilm images you find
  7. Ability to convert your audio cassettes to digital MP3 or m4a for uploading to your FamilySearch
  8. Collection of family history books and publication

Center Services

Children's Center

You can bring your children to the center while you get help with your family history. We have a children's section where children 3-11 years of age can learn about their ancestors with books, games, stories, etc.

Staff Research Specialties

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Resources in the Local Area

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Volunteer at the Center

If you would like to volunteer at our Family History Center, send an e-mail to ValenciaFHC@outlook.com and we will contact you.