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Valley Forge Pennsylvania 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.

Center Contacts and Hours   [edit | edit source]

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Location Map:

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  • 721 Paxon Hollow Rd Broomall PA 19008 United States
  • Located in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints building
  • Enter in the back door labeled “Family History Center”
  • Language:English
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Email us to:

• If you are not available during our regular hours or need more time to view images that are only available in the center, email for an appointment

• Sign up on our mailing list to be notified of weather closures

• Receive a class schedule and other local genealogy information

Phone: 1-610-356-8507 only answered when we are open. There is no message machine.

Regular Open Hours: Every Wednesdays 9:30-3:30pm and the 2nd and 4th Saturday 9:30-12:30

Holiday Closures: We will be closed July and August 2019. Our last open day this summer is June 26th. We will reopen September 4th.

Additional Hours: By appointment

You may request to have the center open at other times by appointment. The best way to contact the family history center is to email with your request. Appointments are not needed during regular open hours. As usual I appreciate your replies that you have moved or are not interested etc. and would like to be removed from our list. I add and remove people promptly. If you have friends that would like to stay informed and be added to the list they may email with their request.

Events[edit | edit source]

Hello Patrons,

I hope your summer is going well and you are somewhere near the water to cool off on hot days!

We will be opening on Wednesday, September 4th with our regular hours.

The next week will begin a series of 4 weeks of classes on All classes will be held at 10am either inside the Family History Center or down the hall in the Relief Society room where we have held classes before. Just stop by the center and sign in on our sign-in sheet to know where to go next. The center will remain open during classes for computer use. After each class I will send some instructional links to help remind you of what we learned in class and to help you do it on your own. You can always ask questions of our staff when we are open if you need extra help. We are located at 721 Paxon Hollow Drive Broomall, PA inside the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

CLASS SCHEDULE - September 11th - October 2nd - all classes are Free! and no registration is required

Each Wednesday at 10 am for about an hour for 4 weeks

September 11th - Building a Family in Family Tree from Scratch by Mark Nye.

It is easy to get started with's Family Tree. Creating an account is easy. This class will assume you have an account, but are not familiar with using Family Tree. Mark will start with a name and an estimated date for a United States event and show you how to find family members and document them. If you have been using Family Tree and have found yourself to be stuck with your own family, try helping a friend to build out their tree. It can be a fun and easy way to practice your skills!

September 18th - Finding and Adding Memories by Mark Nye. Mark will show you tips on how he uses to add the information in's Family Tree. He will also show you a variety of other ways to add Memories with tips on best practices to allow your Memories to have their greatest impact.

September 25th -  What's New in! by Shelli Nye. We will go over new features including how has made records searching easier, messages from FamilySearch to help you find information, and other new tips about doing genealogy in small amounts of time. Another new feature is that some records have an edit option where you can correct mistakes on an indexed record. This is done as a part of the process of attaching them to a Person Page in Family Tree.

October 2nd - Using Historical Records on by Shelli Nye. We will go over tips on searching for indexed historical records, and also how to locate non-indexed historical record collections and attach them to Family Tree. As more and more records are digitized and added to FamilySearch it is important to keep checking on what is available.

See you at the center!


Resources in the Local Area[edit | edit source]

The Mainline Genealogy Club meets at the Easttown library. They have great presentations each month.

Irish Immigration Center located in Upper Darby at 7 S Cedar Lane. They support Irish families in our area with genealogy help and many other kinds of support.

The Bucks County Genealogy Society has a Comprehensive Calendar of Genealogical Events in the Greater Philadelphia Area

Links[edit | edit source]

Volunteer at the Center[edit | edit source]

We would love to have more volunteers!

We look forward to seeing you at the center!