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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 Oakland California Family History Center, located on the grounds of the beautiful Oakland LDS Temple, serves the greater San Francisco Bay Area.  With high speed internet, access to many subscription websites, volunteers trained to help beginning researchers, and computers configured for our Chinese and Spanish speaking patrons, we are well able to meet the family history needs of the diverse ethnicity of the Bay Area.

Center Contacts and Hours

Located at:

4766 Lincoln Avenue, Oakland, CA   94602

How to Find our Center

  • Take the Joaquin Miller/Lincoln Ave. exit off Highway 13.
  • Turn Left at the end of the exit, then Left into the parking lot of the Oakland LDS Temple.
  • Park near the Visitor's Center on the right (west) side of the parking lot.
  • Enter the door on the right and take the elevator to the Lower Level.  The Family History Center fills the entire lower level of the Visitor's Center.

Phone:   (510) 531-3905

E-mail:    fhcoakland@gmail.com

Open Hours:  Tuesday & Wednesday 10 AM - 9 PM, Thursday-Saturday 10 - 4 PM.  Closed Sunday & Monday

Holiday Schedule:  Closed the following dates:

Oct 1, 2011    (LDS General Conference)
Nov 20 thru Nov 28, 2011 (Thanksgiving Day Weekend)
Dec 15, 2011 thru Jan 2, 2012 (Christmas & New Years)

Calendar and Events

Upcoming Events

October 8 – Black Family History Day: The Oakland CA Family History Center is pleased to join with the African American Genealogical Society of Northern California in hosting "Black Family History Day" on October 8th from 2 – 5 p.m. Learn about Black History from your ancestors perspective - Receive one-on-one assistance for FREE - Bring a family member to share the experience - Make it possible for future generations to know where they came from.

November 13 – Jewish Family History Open House: The Family History Center is delighted to be joining with the San Francisco Bay Area Jewish Genealogical Society in celebration of Jewish Family History Month by hosting an open house on November 13 from 1 – 5 p.m. Experienced researchers will be on hand to assist beginners through advanced researchers in Jewish genealogy. Local researcher and author Ron Arons will present "Putting the Flesh on the Bones: Researching Why Our Ancestors Did What They Did." Bring your documents (copies only, no originals, please) and questions. The goal is for each attendee to find the answer to at least one question about his or her family history.

Class Schedule

Staff Training Meetings

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.
  • 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.

  • Hardware and Equipment





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