Orange County California FamilySearch Library

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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 Orange FHC Facility

Orange FHC
Orange California 
Family History Center
Richard S. McFarlane, Director

Hours of Operation

Holiday Schedule 2012

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 



January1-3 New Years

March 31 General Conference

July 4 Independance Day

July 30-August 13 Summer vacation

October 6 General Conference

November 19-24 Thanksgiving

December 17-January 1 Christmas


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

17 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


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.