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]

      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

Holiday Schedule:  2011 closings   
        April 2-3 (LDS General Conference)
        May 28-30 (Memorial Day Weekend)
        July 2-4 (Independence Day)
        September 3-5 (Labor Day)
        October 1-2 (LDS General Conference)
        November 24-27 (Thanksgiving)
        Dec 13, 2011 - Jan 2, 2012 (Christmas/New Year's)

Calendar and Events

Upcoming Events

          Federal Secrets Revealed! Fall Seminar of the San Mateo County Genealogical Society.

             Genealogy speaker John Coletta will give 4 lectures about various federal records. 

              Registration at


Class Schedule

     Saturday afternoon series: Technology for Genealogy
</uBring your tech knowledge up to date (and up to the level of your family history research skills) with increased understanding of devices and programs available to help you make lasting and fascinating records of your progress and your results.

Six 90-minute sessions will provide descriptions and explanations of new (and some not so new) tools in the electronic universe; you will also have hands-on opportunities to practice using these tools. Come to whichever sessions you feel will give you the knowledge you need.

Sessions are scheduled at MPFHC on Saturdays from 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 beginning September 17:

9/17 Copying and Preserving Photos and Documents - Flip Pal, cameras, document cameras (Jim Fox)
9/24 All Things Storage for Transferring, Storing, Backing Up Information - USB drives, external drives, "the cloud" (Lyle Connell)
10/15 Portable Devices in Genealogical Research - netbooks, tablets, iPads, smart phones (Sue Allen)
10/22 Creating Attractive Websites and Blogs - sharing what you've gathered and documenting where you've looked (Jon Daniels)
11/05 session CANCELLED
11/12 Genealogical Data Recording Programs - PAF, Reunion, Ancestral Quest, Legacy, and more (Panel of Users)
There is no charge for this program, which will be taught by MPFHC staff members who have substantial experience using the technology for family history.

To register click here.


Wednesday morning course: Your Genealogy Questions Answered
Share your findings and get answers to your current genealogy questions in a 10-week course where participants will also generate the topics for brief lectures from guest consultants. It is expected that participants will come for all (or most) of the sessions to share ideas and expertise and learn from each other.

Each three-hour session will start with 90 minutes of roundtable discussion for reporting experiences, including "brick walls" standing or surmounted. The roundtable will be followed by 30 minutes of presentation on topics determined by the group members at the first meeting. The session will end with one hour of hands-on training using computers, reference shelves, and other MPFHC resources.

Sessions are scheduled at MPFHC every Wednesday from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 beginning September 14 through November 16. A one-time donation of $25 is requested to cover costs of handouts and other supplies. Instructors will be MPFHC staff members and lecturers with experience in the topics identified by the class participants. Inge Harding-Barlow is program facilitator.

To sign up for this program, click here, contact us at mpfhc0, or leave a phone message at 650-325-9711.

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.
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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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