El Dorado 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.

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"Come on in and visit our newly renovated center and get FREE one-on-one help from our friendly staff, take advantage of our FREE public classes, organize and save all your photographs and documents using our Kodak Photo Scanner, spend time searching through our vast genealogical library, view any of our 4,422 microfilms, or use one of our computers with FREE access to a variety of premium genealogical websites like Ancestry.com, My Heritage and Fold 3."

Location and Hours:

Location Map: Location Map

Address: 3275 Cedar Ravine, Placerville CA 95667 United States

Phone: 1-530-621-1378

E-mail: ca_eldorado@ldsmail.net

Family History Center Website: Eldorado Family History Library

Winter Hours:

  • Tuesday:11:00am-8:00pm
  • Wednesday:11:00am-8:00pm
  • Thursday:11:00am-8:00pm
  • Friday and Saturday by appointment only

Holiday Schedule:

Closed the weeks of Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years

and all major holidays that fall on a Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday.

Director: Kori Pilkington

Assistant Director: Teresa Power

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Free Public Classes:

Sign up for classes here: SignUpGenius or go to eldoradofamilyhistorylibrary.org for more information

September Classes:

Tuesday, Sept 12, 2-3 pm Learn to use the Photo Scanner by Teresa Power

Tuesday, Sept 19, 10-11 am Wiki by Kori Pilkington

Tuesday, Sept 26, Fold 3 by Kori Pilkington

Thursday, Sept 28, 10-11 Basic Research using the Portal websites by Bill Taylor

Friday, Sept 22 and 29 Basic Family Search (Parts 1 & 2) by Debby Hutchings 1 to 2:30 pm both days

October Classes

Tuesday, Oct. 10 FH Guide: Memories by Alton Sissell will teach 10 - 11 am

Thursday, Oct 12 Learn the Wonder of Newspaper Archives in the Portal by Kori Pilkington 10 - 11 am

Thursday, Oct 19 Learn to Use the Photo Scanner by Teresa Power 2 - 3 pm

Thursday, Oct 26 Creating Life Stories with Pictures by Cassandra Heyward 10 - 11 am

Tuesday, Oct 31 Learn the Wonders of Alexander Street Press in the Portal by Kori Pilkington 10 - 11 am

Center Resources


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  • We currently have over 4,000 microfilms and thousands of microfiche and a large library of books to help you with your research.
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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.
    • Ancestry
    • Find my Past
    • American Ancestors
    • 19th Century British Library Newspapers digital archives
    • Alexander Street Press - American Civil War
    • Fold 3
    • Kinpoint
    • My Heritage
    • Newspaper Archives
    • Paper Trail
    • Proquest Obituaries
    • World Vital Records
    • Arkiv-Digital online

Hardware and Equipment

  • Eight computers with access to the free premium websites
  • Free wifi and laptop stations
  • Kodak Photo Scanner

Center Services

Staff Research Specialties

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Resources in the Local Area:

Roots and Gold Dust Genealogy society meets on the 3rd Tuesday of the month at 1 pm in our building on Cedar Ravine Road.

El Dorado County Historical Museum Research Room: http://museum.edcgov.us/research-room


Volunteer at the Center

We welcome volunteers with experience in genealogical research. Our volunteers generally work a three hour shift once a week.

Our shift schedule is as follows:

  • Tuesdays 11am to 2 pm; 2 pm to 5 pm; 5 pm to 8 pm
  • Wednesdays 11 am to 2 pm; 2 pm to 5 pm; 5 pm to 8 pm
  • Thursdays 11 am to 2 pm; 2 pm to 5 pm

We also welcome volunteers to teach classes on various genealogical research subjects. Please note: we do not charge for our classes or pay our staff or instructors. We are a non profit community center run by community volunteers.

If you are interested in volunteering at our center please contact our Director Kori Pilkington at kori.pilkington@gmail.com