Orange County California FamilySearch Library

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Orange FHC
Orange California 
Family History Center
Beth McCarty, Director

Hours of Operation

Holiday Schedule 2010

  • Tue: 9 am – 9 pm
    ( 2nd Tue: 9 am – 7pm)
  • Wed: 9 am – 9 pm
  • Thu: 9 am – 9 pm 
  • Fri: 9 am -  5 pm 
  • Sat: 9 am - 5 pm 



April 3.............General Conference
August 2 -- 16....Summer Vacation
October 2........General Conference
November 22-29.......Thanksgiving
December 20 -- Jan. 3....Christmas

The Orange FHC Facility

674 South Yorba Street, Orange, California
(714) 997-7710
Entrance off the parking lot of the Latter-Day Saint Church.
The public is welcome!

Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 6471
Orange, California 92863-6471

Orange Center Resources

Hardware and Equipment

  • 15 Patron Computers with internet access
  • 24 Microfilm and 3 Microfiche Readers
  • 2 Digital Scanning from film, Microfiche & Book
  • Copy Machines
  • Copy to paper, CD or USB Media
  • 3 flatbed Scanners
  • Over 18,000 microfilms
  • Large Periodical Holdings
  • over 8,900 Books
Microfilm Collection and Film Ordering

(Under Construction)

Class Schedule

Sun Sept 12 7:00pm-8:30pm Google for Genealogy Francie Kennedy
Wed Sept 22 7:00pm-8:00pm Beginning your Genealogy Research Elna Katherman
Thur Sept 23 Noon-2:00pm Techniques for Searching Newpapers Online Barbara Renick
Sat Sept 25 10:00am-11:30am Researching Through Maternal and Sibling Lines Linda Serna
Sat Sept 25 1:00pm-4:00pm Czecholslovakia Area Genealogy Club Group Meeting
Tue Oct 5 7:00pm-8:30pm Record Keeping Methods Alice Volkert
Sun Oct 10 7:00pm-8:30pm Ordering Film Online & Other Changes at FamilySearch Caroline Rober
Wed Oct 13 1:00pm-2:00pm Legacy Charting - Tips and How-To's Joe Leavitt
Sat Oct 16 1:00pm-3:00pm Reading German Records 101 - Latin Records Doug Ayer
Thur Oct 21 Noon-2:00pm Tools for Finding Manuscript Sources Barbara Renick
Wed Oct 27 7:00pm-8:00pm Beginning Your Genealogy Research Elna Katherman
Thu Oct 28 Noon-2:00pm Techniques for Searching Books Online Barbara Renick
Fri Oct 29 11:00am-12:30pm Research For England and Wales After 1837 Beth McCarty
Tue Nov 2 7:00pm-8:30pm Pilgrims and Puritans: What's the Difference? Alice Volkert
Fri Nov 5 5:00pm-7:00pm Google Workshop (pre-register, limit of 15 people) Francie Kennedy
Sat Nov 6 9:00am-Noon Mexican Migration During the Period 1769-1790 John Schmal
Wed Nov 10 1:00pm-2:00pm Legacy Family Tree Software Joe Leavitt
Sun Nov 14 7:00pm-8:30pm New Search Enhancements at Barbara Renick
Wed Nov 17 7:00pm-8:00pm Beginning Genealogy Elna Katherman
Thu Nov 18 Noon-2:00pm How You Get There Does Make a Difference Barbara Renick
Fri Nov 19 11:00am-Noon Church of England Records Beth McCarty


Installed Software

Free Database Access

  • Ancestry (use for free)
  • Heritage Quest
  • Godfrey Memorial Library
  • California Birth Index
  • US 19th C Newspapers
  • US Civil War Research Database
  • US Civil War Letters and Diaries
  • Images of the American Civil War
  • FindMyPast
  • TheGenealogist
  • British Library 19th C Newspapers
  • WorldVitalRecords
  • (Swedish Records)
  • Pedigree Resource File
  • Scottish Church Records
  • Korean & Vietnam Casualties

Description of some of the above databases

Footnote - Footnote is a subscription-based website that features searchable, original documents that provide users a view of the events, places and people that shaped the American nation and the world. The site will have over 25 million digital images by the end of 2007. Footnote is currently working with FamilySearch to index the American Revolutionary War Pension files. Additional projects with FamilySearch are under development.

Individuals with Footnote subscriptions will be able to sign in with the same Footnote username and password they use at home in order to save, annotate, and upload content.

Godfrey Memorial Library - Godfrey Memorial Library has an extensive collection of essential resources to assist genealogical and historical research. Resources include newspapers, city and business directories, vital records, printed census records, state, county, and local histories, as well as numerous family histories, family bible records, and service and pension records.

Heritage Quest/ProQuest - Heritage Quest online includes the complete set of U.S. Federal Census images from 1790 to 1930 including names and indexes for many of the sets. Users will be able to find people and places located in over 20,000 published family and local histories and PERSI, an index of over 1.9 million genealogy and local history articles.

Other online databases include Revolutionary War Pension, Bounty-Land Warrant Application files, and the Freedman Bank Records. World Vital Records - World Vital Records provides access to research helps and has a wide variety of international records, including more than 60 parish registers, Scottish death records, UK marriages, and Irish prisoner records. There are more than 300 newspapers with 100,000 pages added a month, and over 500 online databases, including vital, military, land, pension records, reference materials, family histories, maps, gazetteers, and international coops. With the recent Quintin Publications partnership, World Vital Records will soon have more than 10,000 databases online. At least one new database is added every business day.