Atascadero 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.

The Atascadero Family History Center is located at 2600 Ramona Road, in Atascadero, Ca.  The center is dedicated to providing education and support for the family history community in the area.

Center Contacts and Hours:

  • Address: 2600 Ramona Road, Atascadero, Ca. 93422
  • Phone: 805-466-6103
  • The entrance to the family history center is located on the North side of the building. Please ring doorbell for entrance to the center. Handicap parking is available.

Open Hours:

  • Mon:  10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • Tues:   6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
  • Wed:  10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
  • Thur: 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Holiday Schedule: 

We will be closed the following dates in 2013

  • FEBRUARY 18, Monday (Presidents Day)
  • APRIL 1 - 5, Monday-Friday (Easter)
  • MAY 27, Monday (Memorial Day)
  • JULY 2 - 4, Tuesday - Thursday (4th of July)
  • SEPTEMBER 2, Monday (Labor Day)
  • NOVEMBER 11, Monday (Veterans Day)
  • NOVEMBER 26 - 28, Tuesday-Thursday (Thanksgiving)
  • DECEMBER 23 - JANUARY 3 (Christmas and New Years) 

Calendar and Events

Upcoming Events:

  • 2013 Santa Clarita Valley Family History & Technology Fair

   Saturday January 26, 2013

   8 AM to 3 PM

   24443 McBean Parkway, Valencia, CA   

   Join us for an exciting day of free classes and workshops conducted by experts in family history.

   ~ Full description of each course and online signup link also on website:  

   ~ Lunches availabe for pre-order. ($5.50)

   ~Recommended but not required:  Bring your laptop.

    *Questions to: David Huffaker at or 

                         Patricia Hanrion at

  • Family History Day With Apryl Cox, Accredited Genealogist

    February 2, 2013    

    8:30 AM to 3:30 PM    

    IOOF Hall, 520 Dana St., San Luis Obispo, CA

   San Luis Obispo County Genealogical Society invites you to spend the day with us while Apryl

  shows you how to get more out of your documentation, including how to identify ancestors when       no 'smoking gun' record exists!

   Apryl Cox, AG, is a professional researcher, instructor, and lecturer.  She is an adjunct professor      with Brigham Young University and is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists.    She currently serves as commissioner with the International Commision of Accreditation of  Professional Genealogists and as co-chair of the ICAPGen Testing Committee.  Apryl conducts client  research and consultation, teaches family history classes, writes curriculum for online family history  courses, and lectures at national, state and local conferences. 

   Family History Day Topics:

     ~Thinking Creatively About Research Problems

     ~Strategies for Finding Elusive Ancestors

     ~Not All Evidence is Created Equal!

     ~ Building A Case When Direct Evidence is Missing*  

   *No pre-registration, tickets at the door only on the day of Family History Day

   SLOCGS members: $10

   Non-members: $20

   Includes: All day beverages and snacks, freebie table, door prizes and more!

   Course descriptions and times can be found online at:

Roots tech

   Family History and Technology Conference

   March 21-23, 2013  Salt Lake City, UT

   RootsTech, hosted byFamilySearch, is a conference designed to help you learn and use the latest

   technology to get started or to accelerate your efforts to findorganize, preserve, and share 

   your family's connections and history. 

  •     For more information and to register, go to:

  • The Family History Center is hosting a Family History Booth During Colony Days

         Saturday, October 19th  in Atascadero

  • National Genealogical Society 2013 Family History Conference

    Building New Bridges

    Las Vegas, Nevada ~ 8-11 May 2013

    Phone Number: 703-525-0050 or 800-473-0060

    Fax: 703-525-0052



Class Schedule:

Introduction to Indexing classes are held every Wednesday

      of the month from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Staff Training Meetings:


     All inservice meetings will be held in the Relief Society Room

         Sunday, JANUARY 20         7:00 p.m.

         Sunday, MARCH 17           7:00 p.m.

         Sunday, MAY 19                7:00 p.m.

         Sunday, SEPTEMBER 15     7:00 p.m.

         Sunday, NOVEMBER 17      7:00 p.m.

Center Resources


  • Family History Library Catalog: This center has the ability to order any of the films and fiche available through the Family History Library Catalog.                                                                                             
  • The Atascadero Family History Center has a small collection of various resource books and private collections that are available for viewing in the center.

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, included are the following:
  • The 19th Century British Library Newspaper Digital Archive
  • Access Newspaper Archive
  • Alexander Street Press ~ The American Civil War
  • (Family History Library Edition ~ includes International databases)
  • Find My Past
  • Fold3 (Formerly
  • The Genealogist
  • Godfrey Memorial Library
  • Heritage Quest Online
  • Historic Map Works Library Edition
  • Paper Trail
  • World Vital Records                                                                                                                                               
  • You may also access the Family History Center portal for other related family history research option, from your home computer, however, you will not be able to access the free premiums.

Hardware and Equipment

  • The center has 9 computers, 5 microfilm readers, 1 microfiche reader, 1 scanner, 1 copy/printer machine, and 1 printer. 

Center Services

Resources in the Local Area

  • San Luis Obispo Family History Center, 651 Foot Hill Blvd.San Luis Obispo, CA, Phone Number: 805-543-6328
  • San Luis Obispo County Genealogical Society Library, 1288 Morro Street, San Luis Obsipo, CA, Phone Number: 805-528-6622                                                                                                                                         
  • Heritage Shared                                                                                                                          
  • History in San Luis Obispo County                                                                                       
  • South County Historical Society, San Luis Obispo County                                                                                                                    
  •  Special Collections & University Archives Kennedy Library, California Polytechnic State University