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)
  • Parking is accessible from Daisy Avenue, on the church's west side. Please ring the doorbell if the door from the parking lot is locked.

Phone: (209) 369-4148

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

Holiday Closures: The Lodi California FHC is closed on federal holidays; General Conference weekends; Nov. 23 - 27 for Thanksgiving; and Dec. 21 - Jan 1 for Christmas. Open by appointment only during holidays. Contact your Ward Family History Consultant or the FHC Director, Kathryn Marshall (Lodi 3) in advance if you have special circumstances and need to make an appointment.

Calendar and Events

Scheduled classes: Please call 209-369-4148 to reserve a space.

Saturday, January 7th, 9 am
"Getting the Most out of Search Engines: From Boolean Operators to Tips on Top Web Sites"

Wednesday Jan 18 at 7 pm
“Overview of FamilySearch”

Saturday Feb 4 at 9 am
“Intro to Legacy – Record & Build Your Family Pedigree”

Wednesday Feb 8 at 7 pm
“Synchronizing Your Legacy File with Family Search”

Friday Feb 24 at 9 am
“Finding Ancestors in Census Records Online”

Saturday Mar 10 at 9 am
“Passenger Records”

Wednesday Mar 14 at 1 pm
“America’s Migration Trails”

Saturday Mar 24 at 9 am
“Creating Themed Family History Books”

Wednesday Mar 28 at 1 pm
“Google Earth Your Family History”

Wednesday Apr 11 at 1 pm
“Preservation Techniques for Photos and Family Artifacts”

Staff Training Meetings

Staff meetings are generally held the first Friday of the month at 6:30 pm.

Next staff meeting: Friday, February 3rd at 6:30 pm.

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

  • 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 (such as Ancestry.com, Fold3, HeritageQuest, FindMyPast, and other great sites).
  • Genealogy Bank offers collections of digital images of newspapers.
  • New England Historic Genealogical Society 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 enhances readability of old documents and restores family photos.
  • PAF, Legacy, RootsMagic, and Family Insight.

Hardware and Equipment

  • Approximately ten computers are available for patrons.
  • Use of the 14" scanner and other equipment is free. Printouts or making copies cost ten cents per  page.
  • There are three microfilm readers, three microfiche readers, and a film/fiche reader printer, for which the charge is 25 cents a page.