Rochester New York 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 Rochester New York Family History Center welcomes you to search your family tree.  Two (2) staff members are available during open hours to assist you, whether you are a beginner or a seasoned researcher.  Use of the Family History Center is free of charge.  However, we do charge a small fee for any copies that are printed.

Center Contacts and Hours

Location & Map:

  • Address: 1400 Westfall Rd
    Rochester, New York 14618
  • The entrance to the Family History Center is located at the rear of the building with ample parking.
  • Map & Directions

Phone: 1-585-271-5040


Open Hours:

  • Tuesday: 9am-3pm & 7pm-9:30pm 
  • Wednesday: 7pm-9:30pm
  • Thursday: 9am-12pm
  • Friday: 9am-3pm
  • Saturday: 9am-12pm

Holiday Schedule: Varies

Calendar and Events

Upcoming Events

Class Schedule

Staff Training Meetings

Center Resources


  • Family History Library Catalog: You have the ability to order any of the films and fiche available through the Family History Library Catalog online.  Film/fiche orders are no longer taken at the Family History Centers. 
  • The Family History Center has a small book library including a surname collection & a local cemetery collection.  We also have a local Monroe County film collection & some surrounding counties.  We also have many films on indefinite loan for foreign countries & a large collection of microfiche, including birth, marriage, death & church 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.

Hardware and Equipment

  • 4 online computers
  • 6 microfilm readers
  • 2 microfiche readers
  • Plus 2 printers
  • 1 printer/copier.

Center Services

Staff Research Specialties

We have staff members who specialize in research for Italy, England, Canada, Sweden, Germany, Poland, France, Cuba, Netherlands, Eastern Europe, Ukraine, Spain & Venezuela.  Language helps may also be available.

Resources in the Local Area

See links below...


Rochester Genealogical Society

Rochester NY Historic Marriage Records

Rochester Historical Society

Monroe County NY Vital Records

Monroe County Library - Local History/Genealogy

Monroe County NY Municipal Historians

East Rochester Local History

Perinton Historical  Society

Historic Pittsford

Greece Historical Society

Gates Historical Society

Volunteer at the Center

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