Vista California 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.

We serve the Family History needs of all who visit. The center is served by North County Transit District bus route 318. Access off of Oak St through parking area.


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Address: 1310 Foothill Drive Vista, CA 92084-4048 United States Location Map
The center is accessed from the parking lot at the South-East corner. DO NOT use building front doors as no one will know you are there.
The parking lot entrance is off Oak St. across from the Foothill Oak Elementary School.

Contact Info

Phone 1-760-945-6053


Day Open Close
Tuesday 11:00 am 8:00 pm
Wednesday 11:00 am 4:00 pm
Thursday 11:00 am 8:00 pm
Friday 11:00am 2:00 pm
Saturday 9:00am 12:00 pm

Holiday Schedule Closures

2018 Closures Reason Additional Info
Mar 27-Apr 2 Closed for School Spring Break and LDS General Conference
June 2-3 Closed for Carpet Cleaning
June 7 Closed for High School Graduation
Jul 1-4 Closed for 4th of July
Jul 22 Closed for Foothill Building Activity
Aug 1-21 Closed for Summer Break* *Open by appointment only during this time
Sep 2 Closed for Labor Day
Oct 6 Closed for LDS General Conference
Nov 10 Closed
Nov 20-27 Closed for Thanksgiving
Dec 18, 2018 - Jan 7, 2019 Closed for Christmas and New Year Break* *Open by appointment only during this time

2018 Classes

All presentations are free of charge to participants. Classes are held each month on the 4th Thursday at 7:00 p.m.
January 25 DNA what it can and cannot tell you.

You can learn a lot about your ancestry from a DNA test! With the cost of DNA tests dropping, DNA tests are within almost anyone’s reach.  Learn what the different tests are, who offers what tests, what each DNA test tells you about your ancestors, how DNA tests can help you solve genealogical puzzles and what questions DNA tests can’t answer.

February 22 In search of Your African Roots?

Strategies,Tips and DNA - - African-American History Month – come learn to use different records in discovering your own family history. And, discover how the history from the Colonial period until the Civil War may have affected your ancestors. One of the major records used in this area is the "Freedman Bureau" which was essentially a bank. Upwards of 33% of these records are for Share Croppers who were not former slaves. Sometime we are surprised by what records contain. Join us for this class if you have any ancestry from the area of the Confederacy Or Maryland.



Family Search 101

Find ancestors and their stories. Bring your laptop and we'll help you get started

April 26 Family Search 102

Learn to navigate Family Search, use shortcuts and additional helps to finding your ancestors. Also, an introduction to the companion sites on the FamilySearch Portal.

May 24 Emigrant, Immigrant or Migrant

When did your emigrant ancestor(s) become your immigrant ancestor(s) or did they arrive when they were migrants from a mother land to a colony? Where were the normal ports of departure? Where were the ports of entry? How did they cross the ocean? Did they come by wooden ship with sails or iron ship with engines?

June 28 Ask Why: Getting More From Your Research  (with KC Reid)

Genealogy is a science of research into the unknown. Make the journey easier and your search more thorough by adding this often-neglected approach to your research repertoire. Overcome brick walls by changing your approach - as you search for the who, what, when and where, don’t forget to ask why! Through examples and discussion, learn how and when to apply this discovery pathway. This will help you identify key events or documents that may be available for your ancestors, and guide you in going deeper into the times they lived in and the personal networks they developed.

July 26 Finding Photos

How to use and add memories to FamilySearch FamilyTree

August 23 Finding Living Relatives

This class will cover a variety of resources to locate and contact family members to collaborate on research. We'll look at researching the descendants of your ancestor and how to organize to find them. Topics covered will include google,, facebook, DNA test matches,,, and which are all tools to find your extended family.

September 24 Analog Emigrant to a Digital World

Do you have piles of Family History paper? Did you create it or inherit it? You have skills and knowledge gained in an analog world but, now you're living in a digital environment.

If, you've developed methods to transfer analog to digital then, come and share your experience.

If, you are looking for some help in that transition then this is the time to come to the Center and see some of what is available in making the move.

Family History (genealogy) follows methods of scientific research. Join our class and expand your toolbox of knowledge.

October 25 This is the last class of the year. Now is the time to use your hard work in making up Holiday Season gifts for your Aunts, Uncles, Brothers, Sisters, Parents, Children,! Let's spend some time together and discuss how best we might share our love of our ancestors with those still around us now.

Staff Training Meetings

First Tuesday of the month 9:30 am

Center Resources

Our book room has a large selection of collected works and "how to" resources.

Databases and Software

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. 

Hardware and Equipment

The Vista FHC is equipped with number of internet linked computers, and a flatbed scanner for documents and photos.

Resources in the Local Area

The Carlsbad "Cole Library" with the North County Genealogical Society is another useful resource in this area.