Longview Washington 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.

Center Contacts and Hours

Location Map:


  • 1721 30th Ave Longview WA 98632-3404 United States
  • Language:English


  • 1-360-577-8234


Open Hours:

  • Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday: 10:00AM through 2:00PM
  • Tuesday, Wednesday Nights: 6:30PM through 9:00PM
  • Thursday Nights: 6:30PM through 9:00PM, appointments
  • Family/Group Appointments: Contact the Stake Temple and Family History Consultant - Center for your time.



4th Tuesdays Family History Clinics 7;00 through 8:00PM

The Great Thanksgiving Listen, at your dining table, Thanksgiving Day.

Refer to this StoryCorps article to enjoy the stories of your family around the Thanksgiving table, or via Skype.

Holiday Closure Schedule:

  • Week of July 4th,
  • Thanksgiving week and
  • Last 2 weeks of December.  a Blessed and MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Center Resources


  • General genealogical reference books with a Northwest emphasis, in house microfilms and microfiche.

Databases and Software

Repositories with large genealogical collections

  • Library of Congress, Washington, DC, Local History and Genealogy Reading Room is part of the world's largest library including 50,000 genealogies, 100,000 local histories, and collections of manuscripts, microfilms, maps, newspapers, photographs, and published material, strong in North American, British Isles, and German sources.
  • National Archives, Washington DC, census, pre-WWI military service & pensions, passenger lists, naturalization, passports, federal bounty land, homesteads, bankruptcy, ethnic sources, prisons, and federal employees.
  • Allen County Public Library (Indiana) home of the Periodical Source Index (PERSI), more than 350,000 printed books and 513,000 items of microfilm/fiche including family histories, censuses, city directories, passenger lists, military records, local histories, American Indians, African Americans, Canadian, British, & German collections.

Repositories with significant Utah local history and Mormon Pioneer collections

  • Church History Library, Salt Lake City, LDS history 1830-present: diaries, manuscripts, Church records, photos, oral history, architectural drawings, pamphlets, newspapers, periodicals, maps, microforms, audiovisual material.
  • Daughters of Utah Pioneers, SLC, the Museum displays artifacts, and the History Department collects and preserves about 100,000 histories of pioneers who set out for, settled, or were born in Utah by 10 May 1869.
  • Utah State Historical Society, SLC, family histories, photographs, books, manuscript collections, telephone directories, maps, newspapers, yearbooks, and periodicals are available in the Research Center and online.

Hardware and Equipment

  • 8 PC stations for online research
            One with a dual-screen for teaching or low vision use
  • Microfilm and fiche viewing
  • Microfilm and fiche printing
  • Document FamilySearch scanning
  • Photographic FamilySearch scanning
  • Manual microfilm reader

Books and other materials

  • Genealogical reference books, print
  • Genealogical reference books, digital format
  • Microfiche film (cataloged)
  • Microfilms library
  • Genealogical forms (fees)
  • Microfilm rentals
  • Printing (fees)


  • Start your visit discussing your research goal for the day with one of our librarians. A graphic organizer is available for your use.
  • Ask for a consultation at any point of your visit.
  • Discover the center's unique online sources with a librarian's introduction.

Center Services

We encourage visitors to bring own their digital cameras for copying images from microfilm or microfiche Then you have your own digital record and can take the images home to clean them up on your imaging program! If the FHC camera is used, copies may be printed or files may be transferred to a jump drive using the XnView program found on the computer attached to the Canon 300 Scanner.

Memory sticks/jump drives can be used to download information from the microfilm scanner.

Patrons may bring their own laptops for note-taking or entering information into personal genealogical programs, with the disclaimer that the owner is responsible for the security of the device. Wireless internet is currently available in the building, though there may be days when availability is limited due to updating, etc.

With the advent of online microfilm ordering, we have done away with transactions in the FHC.

Appointments for groups and families.  Email WA_Longview@ldsmail.net.

Staff Research Specialties (though we all multi-task!)

FamilySearch:   Myles Jones Steve Taff
                         Larry Lanning Donna Goff
                         Paula Anderson Beth Bonnet
                         Joan Enders Vicki Hall
                         Marie Job Diane Wilkinson
                         Bob Vernon
Ordinance Preparation: all                       

Ancestry.com  Laurie Stuart

Danish Research:  Myles Jones
English Research: Bob Vernon, Paula Anderson

Swedish Research:  Diane Wilkinson, Laurie Stuart

Scottish Research:  Wayne Cooke, Doug Taylor

Use of technology:  Bruce Wilkinson

FH Smart Storage:   Bob Vernon, Lynn Hasty

Find-A-Grave:  Bob Vernon

Lynn Hasty: File organization, Find-A-Grave

Midwest Research:  Marie Job

Print Research Techniques:  Laurie Stewart

Online Research Techniques:  Joan Enders, Paula Anderson, Lynn Hasty, Bruce Wilkinson

Salt Lake Inquiries:  Sandra Saunders

Secretary Hand:  Joan Enders

BillionGraves:  Talea Jones

Indexing:  Rick McMurry, Carl Gray

Memories: Holly Finehout, Carl Gray, Joan Enders

Resources in the Local Area

Cowlitz County FamilySearch Wiki

Cowlitz Tribe FamilySearch Wiki

Cowlitz County Historical Museum

Longview Public Library Longview Room

Cowlitz County Death Index

Lower Columbia Genealogical Society Book Collection, Longview Public Library

Washington State Links

Washington State Digital Archives
Washington State Archives
Washington Courts: Search Case Records
Washington Public Records

Volunteer at the Center!

The Longview Washington Family History Center is looking for many good men and women and youth to volunteer at the center!  

Not only will you have a set time to discover more about YOU and your ancestors' influence on you, but you can share your enthusiasm with others who want to start this exciting and fulfilling journey!

Call or stop by the Center during our posted hours to see how you can help.