Lodi 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 Lodi California Family History Center is located in San Joaquin County, California, north of Stockton.

Center Contacts and Hours

Location & Map:

  • 731 North Ham Lane, Lodi, CA 95240 (Google Maps)
  • Enter from the church parking lot on Daisy Avenue. Please ring the doorbell if the door is locked.

Phone: (209) 369-4148

Open Hours: Monday 10am-5pm, Tuesday 10am-5pm and 7-9pm; Wednesday 7-9 pm; Thursday 10am-5pm and 7-9pm, Saturday 9am-12noon, Sunday 10:15-11am

Holiday Closures: The Lodi California FHC is closed for federal holidays on February 18, May 27, July 4, September 2, November 11; General Conference weekends April 6-7 and October 5-6; Thanksgiving weekend November 27-30; and Christmas break December 20 - January 6. Open by appointment during holidays. Contact your Ward Family History Consultant or the FHC Director Kathryn Marshall (L3) to make an appointment.

Calendar and Events

Scheduled Classes

“Historical Records on FamilySearch.org” on Saturiday, September 7th at 9 am in the Lodi California FHC. {Note class has been re-scheduled.)

“Editing Your Ancestral Line and Requesting Temple Ordinances”: Saturday, September 7 at 11 am in the Lodi California FHC.

FHC Staff Meeting on October 11 at 6:30 pm.

"Family History Day at the State Archives" on October 12, 9 am - 4 pm. 20 classes and tours of the Archives.“Comings & Goings in the Golden West” (strategies and special collections for California immigration research) and “Western Migration Trails” presented by the Lodi CA FHC.

Archived Webinars: At your own leisure, drop in to view archived webinars presented by instructors from the Sacramento Regional Family History Center and other fine speakers. Click on the Lodi FHC Desktop icon labeled Training for a complete listing of topics like Vital Records; Local Histories; German Research; and links to RootsTech 2013 highlights.

Center Resources


  • Family History Library Catalog: This center receives any of the films and fiche available through the Family History Library Catalog.
  • For Lodi's large German from Russia population, the Lodi center has a number of resources relevant to that community, such as the 81 microfilm set of the Saint Petersburg Lutheran Consistory parish records. Dictionaries, gazetteers, and other books relevant to a variety of locations are also available.
  • Over 200 microfilms with Finnish church and vital records
  • An index of births, deaths, marriages extracted from the Lodi News-Sentinel from 1881-2005, and from the Valley Review, a defunct newspaper.

Databases and Software for use at the Lodi FHC

  • FHC Portal provides free public access to premium family history software and websites. Utilize valuable subscription web sites such as Ancestry.com, Fold3, HeritageQuest, FindMyPast, Historic Map Works, and others to research your family lines.
  • The Lodi FHC also subscribes to Genealogy Bank, offering digital images of newspapers, and the New England Historic Genealogical Society's American Ancestors web site.
  • AniMap displays and prints changing county and state boundaries over time.
  • DeedMapper plots maps from metes and bounds descriptions in land records.
  • Photoshop Elements can enhance readability of old documents and restore family photos.
  • PAF, Legacy, RootsMagic, and Family Insight are available for recording your family tree. Free versions are available online for your use at home. Staff will gladly help you transfer your pedigree files from one program to another.

Free Special Services

  • Archival technology to migrate your data from old storage devices to current modes of data storage: We have archival technology to read, save, and transfer your old files to current storage devices. Is your data still on a floppy drive or zip drive? We can transfer your files from 5-1/4 inch floppies, 3-1/2 inch floppies, zip 100 and zip 250 drives to a flash drive or DVD for you. Call 209-369-4148 to make an appointment for transfer assistance.
  • Optical character recognition (Nuance OCR): Do you have a typed manuscript, newspaper article on yellowing paper, or family stories your grandparents told in a one-of-a-kind book? Scan the document. Convert the image from a picture of the page to a written transcript in Word or other software of your choice. OCR software can "read" the image and type it out for you. Call 209-369-4148 to make an appointment for assistance.
  • Voice recognition software (Dragon): Transform audio files into typed transcripts. Play the tape or digital recording, and voice recognition software types it out for you. Call 209-369-4148 to make an appointment for assistance.

Hardware and Equipment

  • Patrons are invited to use our computers, scanner, printers, and copier at no charge for their genealogical research. Twelve work stations are available.
  • Three microfilm readers, three microfiche readers, and a film/fiche reader printer are available.