Menlo Park 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.

Menlo Park Family History Center is located in the small house just behind the LDS Church.   We have an exceptional collection of books, film and fiche focusing on British Isles, Germany and USA.  There are also records available for other parts of the world, and access to borrow films/fiche from the Family History Library in Salt Lake City.  We have 10 computers, 8 microfilm readers, and 1 machine that will copy film/fiche to print or digital format for saving.


Location & Map:

       1105 Valparaiso, Menlo Park, California  94025

       The Center is in the small house to the rear of the Church building on the west side

       Map to Center is here[1]

      Onsite phone:  650-325-9711

      E-mail:  mpfhc0  @   gmail  .  com

Open Hours: Tuesday and Thursday 9:30 am to 9:30 pm

                      Saturday  9:30 am to 4 pm

                      Sunday  various Wards by assignment

2012 closings   

  • March 31 - April 1 (LDS General Conference)
  • May 26-28 (Memorial Day Weekend)
  • September 1-3 (Labor Day)
  • October 6-7 (LDS General Conference)
  • November 22-25 (Thanksgiving)
  • Dec 10, 2012 - Jan 2, 2013 (Christmas - New Year)

Calendar and Events

Upcoming Events

Evening classes (7-8pm, free)

May 1 – Irish and Scots-Irish Records (Cissie Hill)
May 17 – Wikis for Finding Availability of Records (Alison Fanara)
June 5 – Eastern European Records (Roman Sakowicz)
June 21 – State and Other Non-Federal Censuses (Ralph Mize)

Wednesday morning class (9am-noon, instructor Inge Harding-Barlow, charge only for cost of handouts) to be continued in July

July 11 – Migration Trails East of the Mississippi (pre-1776)
July 18 – Irish/Scots/Welsh Settlements in America
July 25 – German Settlements in America
August 1 – Meeting Point of Many Nations: Mississippi (pre-1810)
August 8 – Migration Trails West of the Mississippi
August 15 – Records of Genealogical Use in Ireland
August 22 – Dutch/French/Spanish Settlements in America
August 29 – Records of Genealogical Use in Germany

Staff Training Meetings:
2nd Wednesday of each month (except August and December), 7-8 pm in the Baptistry, across the parking lot from the Center.

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.
  • Menlo Park FHC Catalog on-line:  The catalog is on-line with all Bay Area Family History Centers.  When searching, be sure to check the "Show Copies" button on each item found to see which local Centers have that item.  This link searches all Bay Area centers.

Databases and Software

Hardware and Equipment

  • 10 Internet-connected computers
  • 8 microfilm readers
  • 2 microfiche readers
  • 1 Digital copier for printing or saving copies of film/fiche pages

Center Services

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