Paradise Valley Arizona 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 Paradise Valley Family History Center is available to serve the community free of charge.  The Center is open to the public and everyone is welcome.

We are located on the southeast corner of Shea Blvd and 36th Street. The entrance is found on the southeast corner of the building. Please see the yellow sign, pointing to the doorbell. Temple and Family History Consultants will be available for assistance.

Language: English

Computers are free for public use in doing family history research through the portal.  The portal offers online access to along with free access to many paid family history research websites.  Microfilms and Microfiche may be rented from for a minimal fee and can be sent to our Center to be viewed for free on the Center's film machines on a first come, first served basis.


Center Contacts and Hours

Location & Map:

  • 3601 E Shea  Blvd  Phoenix  AZ 85028  United States
  • Location Map

Phone: 602-953-8160


Open Hours:

  • Tuesday   9 am - 12 noon and 7pm - 9 pm
  • Wednesday  9 am - 3 pm
  • Thursday   9 am - 12 noon

2016 Holiday Schedule

Closed major holidays and summer vacation

  • The month of July
  • November 20th - November 22nd
  • December 18th - December 31st

2016 Calendar and Events

Photo Party Family Nights: 

Individual and group appointments are available by appointment.

Bring your family photos and documents to the PV Family History Center and scan them directly to your family tree in one step through the Center's direct link. We will show you how to label, tag, and link your photos and documents to the people on your family tree.

Group Activities for 8 - 12 year olds: 

Activites for Achievement Day Girls and Cub Scout Groups by appointment.  Pick from one of the following three following activities:

  • Family Heritage Crests:  Design and decorate "Shrinky Dink" family shield crests for a necklace charm or a neckerchief slide.
  • Heritage Game Day:  Play a Family History Catch Phrase game and Family History Relay game.  Decorate Pioneer cookies.
  • Family Tree Mobiles:  Make and decorate a hanging mobile of the people and animals in your family.

Center Resources


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 many websites that generally charge for subscriptions. Use of these sites constitutes about $700 in savings per year!

Our Patron Resources

2 computer labs, 1 micofilm room, 1 classroom with

  • 7 desktop computers with FamilySearch Center Portal Internet Access
  • 2 printers (One is also a scanner/copier which will connect directly to your account.)
  • 3 microfilm machines
  • 1 microfiche reader
  • Internet Access with FREEaccess to Premium Online Portal websites, including, Find My Past, My,,, and much more.
  • Temple and Family History Consultant volunteers to assist you.

Notes or Services

Planning a Successful Visit

If you are planning a visit to our center to begin your genealogy, write down and bring what you know about the family you wish to research such as their names, dates, and places.  Decide on one research goal for each visit.  Come early for a microfilm machine. 

Resources in the Local Area

Mesa FamilySearch Library Website:

Arizona Births and Deaths Online:

Other Links


Family History Research Wiki: Wiki

Family History Centers Location Finder:''

The Family History Guild will give you tutorials in using Family Search, Ancestry, My Heritage. and Find My Past. A great way to get started.

  • FamilySearch Research Wiki: What It Can Do For You!: A comprehensive video presentation explaining the Wiki, navigating it, and some especially useful pages. Case studies demonstrate using the Wiki for genealogical research. Editing and adding articles to the Wiki are covered.

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Volunteer at the Center