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.

Center Contacts and Hours

Location and Map:


  • 1310 Foothill Drive Vista, CA 92084-4048 United States
  • 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.
  • Language:English primary; Spanish a little, German on Thursday afternoon.


  • 1-760-945-6053



Open Hours:

  • Tuesday:11:00am-8:00pm
  • Wednesday:11:00am-5:00pm
  • Thursday:11:00am-8:00pm
  • 4th Thursday: class start 7:00pm
  • Friday:11:00am-2:00pm
  • Saturday:9:00am-3:00pm

'Holiday Schedule:

Memorial Weekend: 

Fri 2 June and Sat 3 June - CLOSED, carpet cleaning

7 June CLOSED, H.S. Graduation

Independence Day: CLOSED July 1- 4 open on 5th

22 July CLOSED, Foothill Building Activity

Summer Break: August 1 thru 21 – CLOSED (open by appointment) open on 22nd

Labor Day: 2 Sept - CLOSED

30 Sept - CLOSED, General Conference:

7 Oct - CLOSED, Stake Activity

Fri 10 and Sat 11 Nov - CLOSED, carpet cleaning

Thanksgiving Week: 20 thru 27 Nov CLOSED

Christmas and New Year: 18 Dec thru Jan 8 2018 - CLOSED (open by appointment)'

Calendar and Events

Upcoming Events

Please be aware all of our presentations are free of charge to participants

- Come visit for any or all of the time. Bring a friend. A variety  of classes  will be held: Story Trek, writing life stories and journaling; Getting Started, just the basics; DNA, what it can and cannot tell you; and one-on-one individual help.

Class Schedule

Advancing your research skills . . .

Classes are on the 4th Thursday at 7:00 p.m.

Feb 23 -  – 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.

Tue 14 March 7:00 p AND Sat 18 Mar 3:00 p -- We're trying something new!

Would you like a DNA reprise? At the above times we'll use recorded RootsTech presentation as the basis for discusssion. That is, we will watch the presentation and then see how well we can do in leading a discussion. You might wish to do a prior review at home by going to RootsTech dot org and look at the index of the presentations done on Thursday. There are two dealing with DNA that you would likely enjoy learning from.

Mar 23 – Family Search 101- will deal with the basics of using,  including registering for an account; however, if possible, register prior to attending the class. This class will cover the Family Tree (a global pedigree chart) and Memories (photos, stories and documents). ___ Instructor: Anne Renshaw

Apr 27 –  Family Search 102 - will cover researching and finding help to aid in your quest on  The class will cover how to get more out of the website than just using the search engine and how to use the Family History Library Catalog.  Other subjects to be covered are the Wiki, books, puzzilla and other partner websites. ___ Instructor: Anne Renshaw

May 25 -- Early Americas 101

The New England Genealogy and Historical Society (NEGHS) and others have collected information about settlers from the time of the settlement of Jamestown and the Pilgrim/Puritan adventure in the new world up to about the American Revolutionary War.  Much of this information is now available online!

Come join us as we discover how to gain access to and use these records.

June 22 -- Early Americas 102

July 27 -- Freeform - RootsTech revisited - - our free-form class is semi-driven by the participants.

It is said, " if, you give a man a fish - you feed him for a day; but if, you teach a man to fish - you feed him for a lifetime." What happens if you only give him the fishing pole?

We hope to give you the pole in locating the RootsTech archived presentations. From the list of presentations available we will direct our attention in part to those the participants would like to scan and in part to those presentations which provide guidance to topics with which we continually teach as patrons visit with us and ask for help. We should also be able to spend some of our time in learning from those who know how to use the tools of research.

Aug 24 -- Tips when using Ancestry (TM)

You know the program. You may have a subscription. Or, you may be using the library version at the public library. If, you feel comfortable in your own ability then, come and help those that are just beginning. If, you are less than comfortable with this great Family History resource then, come and get some instruction. Either way you'll improve your ability to be a Researcher and not just a Searcher. You'll also learn the meaning of the Genealogical Proof Standard and how to apply it in your own work. Come and fellowship with others who want to understand where they come from and gain roots to hold them steady in troubled times.

Sept 28 -- Family History - serving the community with Indexing

Have you been the benificary of hints on FamilyTree? Come and learn to expand the resources to the world in making the records searchable. This is a time where we will introduce and enhance your skill in Indexing the newly digitized records.

Oct 26 -- “GIFTING TREES”--“A Family History Gift” for Christmas

You have spent all year learning how TO DO now is the time to SHARE with your family. This class will give you two months to use your results and put together something special for you and your family. Help them to understand where they came from as they understand the lives of their ancestors.

Feb 2018 - African Roots in Your Family - -

Staff Training Meetings
            First Tuesday of the month 9:00 am

Center Resources


Book Room:  with 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

  • Microfilm and microfiche readers, Microfilm / microfiche printers, A number of internet linked computers, Flatbed scanner for documents and photos

Center Services

Staff Research Specialties

Resources in the Local Area

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


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