Antioch California Family History Center
The Antioch California Family History Center serves the communities of Antioch, Bethel Island, Brentwood, Byron, Discovery Bay, Knightson, Oakley and Pittsburg. It is a local family history center in the broader Bay Area area covered by the Oakland California Large Multi-stake Family History Center.
Center Contacts and Hours
Location & Map:
- 2350 Jeffery Way
Brentwood, California 94513
(This is not a mailing address. Due to limited staff, Family History Centers are unable to respond to mail inquiries.)
- The Family History Center entrance is located at the northwest door of the church building. Parking is in the north side parking lot. There is a Family History Center sign at the entrance door. You may need to ring a bell for entrance to the Family History Center during operating hours.
- Map to the Antioch California Family History Center.
Phone: 925-634-9004 (Call during Family History Center hours.)
- Tuesday 9 am - 1 pm, 6 pm - 9 pm
- Wednesday 9 am - 1 pm, 6 pm - 9 pm
- Thursday 9 am - 1 pm
- Closed the last three weeks of December.
Calendar and Events
- Films in Antiioch California Family History Center during December closure: If you previously ordered films that are currently in the library you should log into your on-line account at www.familysearch.org/films and check the film status. Films will not be automatically extended beyond the holidays. If the film is, for example, scheduled to be returned to Salt Lake during our Christmas closure, you will need to renew the film on-line in order to use it in January.
Staff Training Meetings
Staff meetings are held on the first Thursday evening of each month, 7 pm - 8:30 pm at the family history center.
- Family History Library Catalog: This center is able to receive any of the films and fiche available through the Family History Library Catalog for viewing by patrons. Patrons may order films for delivery to the Family History Center online at www.familysearch.org/films.
- A catalog of all of the books, periodicals, CD's and extended loan microfilms and microfiche held by the Antioch Family History Center is available online
- Antioch Family History Center Catalog search page
- Bay Area Family History Centers Catalog Search Page
NOTE : When using the link to the Bay Area Family History Centers Catalog you are searching the catalogs of 15 family history centers. When you find a resource of interest, be sure to click on the "Show Copies" tab to see which location has the book, film. microfiche or CD you are interested in.
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.
- NEHGS Databases: This center has a library subscription to the New England Historical and Genealogical Society web page, www.americanancestors.org.
Hardware and Equipment
- This center has four microfilm readers, three for 35 mm film and one for 16 mm film, two microfiche readers, a film reader/printer, and six computers which provide access to Internet databases and local CD databases. Shared printers also connect to the computers.
Resources in the Local Area
The Antioch Library is a part of the Contra Costa County Library and also contains microfilm records of the Antioch Ledger and Contra Costa Times local newspapers prior to the electronic database of the county library.
Contra Costa County Clerk Recorder is the governmental source for obtaining copies of vital records in this area.
The Pittsburg Historical Society is located at 515 Railroad Avenue, Pittsburg, California.
The Antioch Historical Society is located at 1500 W. Fourth Street, Antioch, California. The Library Room contains bound original copies of the Antioch Ledger newspaper from 1931 to 1988. It also contains selected bound originals of city court records, city ledgers, city business license records, and some assessment rolls for periods prior to the early 1930's. The society also has many historical Antioch High School annuals from 1946 to the present time. It has some family history records that have been donated by selected families.
The East Contra Costa Historical Society and Museum is located at 3890 Sellers Avenue, Brentwood, California.
The Black Diamond Mines Regional Preserve of the East Bay Regional Park District has preserved the history of the five coal mining communities that used to exist in the hills above Antioch and Pittsburg, California. They have published several books and have an online record of those buried in the Rose Hill Cemetery which served those communities. Recently, a detailed history of the families of the area was published entitled Rose Hill - A Comprehensive History of a Pioneer Cemetery in the Mount Diablo Coal Field, by Traci A. Parent, the Supervising Naturalist for the park district. It includes extensive information on not only the persons buried in the cemetery, but on the families of the area.