Monterey 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 Monterey California Family History Center serves the people of the Central Coast of California. The center was established in January of 1968. Special book collections have been acquired through the kind donations of others over the past 43 years. The center is open to the public, and there is no charge to use the facilities. Nominal fees are charged for film rental, computer printing and copy services.

Center Contacts and Hours

Location & Map:

  1. 1024 Noche Buena Street, Seaside, CA 93955.  You may link to map using Google or other map sites and this address.
  2. The center is located at the corner of Noche Buena and Plumas Streets in Seaside. Please notice the signs on the outside of the left side of the building. Good parking is available near the back fence. Follow the sidewalk around the building to the first door. First-time visitors should call 831-394-1124 to reserve a computer, ask questions, or to check current hours.

Phone: 831-394-1124 (please call during open hours as given below)

Open Hours:  Tuesday and Wednesday 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Saturday (by appointment)

Holiday Schedule:

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.
  • The entire collection of over 9,000 items in this center includes genealogy reference books, surname collections and publications donated (and many prepared) by genealogy students studying at nearby Monterey Peninsula College which offers an Associates Degree Program in Family History as part of their Librarian program.
  • There is over a 35 year collection of periodicals from various states and societies which have been extracted by locality and surname for quick reference in the FHC on-site catalog. These may contain copies of vital records from family Bibles, deeds, wills, property transactions, tax assessments, census reports, and Native American records. The entire published PERSI (Periodical Source Index) collection (which indexes all known genealogical periodicals) is part of this collection. 
  • Since Monterey County was settled early by Hispanic and Native Indian tribes there is a core collection of Spanish Catholic Church records for Monterey County and surrounding counties.
  • An extensive collection of Native American Indian materials is also in this center because of the great interest of people who originally settled the area from the dustbowl time period.
  • Several foreign genealogy reference books as well as language aids have been donated to help in translation of original documents because of patrons associated with the local Defense Language Institute and those working in the language training field during World War II. This includes a large master catalog of Chinese, Japanese, and Korean records, and a valuable German and Germans from Russia collection. Because the patrons of this center are constantly contributing information on their ancestral lines, there is a small but substantial holding of Portuguese, Spanish, Italian, German, Scottish, Scandinavian, and British records.

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. 
Helpful volunteers are available to assist people in the use of the Personal Ancestral File and Legacy genealogy computer programs.
Hundreds of CDs are available on Family History Data donated over the years covering census, military, and historical information as well as sources for contributions to the Pedigree Resource File. 

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Center Services

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