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<center>''' aka The San Diego Family History Center<br> 4195 Camino Del Rio South, San Diego, CA 92108''' <br>
<center>[[Image:SDLMS logo.jpg|center|SDLMS logo.jpg]]</center> <center>4195 Camino Del Rio South, San Diego, CA 92108  
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(East side of building)<br>
619-584-7668&nbsp; - &nbsp;Email: [mailto:ca_sandiego@ldsmail.net '''ca_sandiego@ldsmail.net''']<br>&nbsp;'''Director, R. Edwin Jones'''  
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'''619-584-7668&nbsp;<br> Email: '''[mailto:ca_sandiego@ldsmail.net '''ca_sandiego@ldsmail.net''']<br>
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'''Don and Donna Martin, Co-Directors<br>
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Temple & Family History Area Consultants'''
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Our Library and its basic services are provided free to the public.<br>
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We invite all who are interested in genealogy and family history to visit. <br>
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Our volunteers can show you how to use the Library’s resources.<br>
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To make your visit more effective, please bring as much information as you have <br> about the ancestor(s) you wish to research. <br>This includes copies of birth, marriage and death information or other information that you have.  <br>
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'''Don't forget to bring a flash drive!'''<br>
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A nominal fee is charged for printing.
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| bgcolor="#ffff33" | <center>'''[[San Diego California Large Multi-stake Family History Center#Links|Home]]'''</center>  
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| bgcolor="#ffff33" | <center>'''[[San Diego California FamilySearch Library#Links|Home]]'''</center>  
| bgcolor="#ffff66" | <center>'''[[San Diego California Large Multi-stake Family History Center#Directions|Map/Directions]]'''</center>  
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| bgcolor="#ffff66" | <center>'''[[San Diego California FamilySearch Library#Directions|Map/Directions]]'''</center>  
| bgcolor="#ffff33" | <center>'''[[San Diego California Large Multi-stake Family History Center#Hours_and_Holidays|Hours and Holidays]]'''</center>  
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| bgcolor="#ffff33" | <center>'''[[San Diego California FamilySearch Library#Hours_and_Holidays|Hours and Holidays]]'''</center>  
| bgcolor="#ffff66" | <center>'''[[San Diego California Large Multi-stake Family History Center#Patron_Resources|Center Resources]]'''</center>  
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| bgcolor="#ffff66" | <center>'''[[San Diego California FamilySearch Library#Patron_Equipment_Resources|Patron Resources]]'''</center>  
| bgcolor="#ffff33" | <center>'''[[San Diego California Large Multi-stake Family History Center#Research_Assets|Research Collection]]'''<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space: pre;"> </span></center>
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| bgcolor="#ffff33" | <center>'''[[San Diego California FamilySearch Library#On-site_Free_Internet_Access_for_Genealogy_Research|Genealogy Research]]'''<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space: pre"> </span></center>
 
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| bgcolor="#ffff33" | <center>'''[[San Diego California FamilySearch Library#Youth_Program_Assistance|Youth Program Assistance]]'''</center>  
| bgcolor="#ffff33" | <center>'''[[San Diego California Large Multi-stake Family History Center#Neighboring_Collections|Neighboring Collections]]'''</center>  
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| bgcolor="#ffff33" | <center>'''[[San Diego California FamilySearch Library#Neighboring_Collections|Neighboring Collections]]'''</center>  
| bgcolor="#ffff33" | <center>'''[[San Diego California Large Multi-stake Family History Center#Latter-day_Saint_Collections|Latter-day Saint Collections]]'''</center>
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| bgcolor="#ffff33" | <center>'''[[San Diego California FamilySearch Library#Latter-day_Saint_collections|Latter-day Saint Collections]]'''</center>
 
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=== &nbsp;'''Open House''' - March 15 and 16, 2013. Come visit us for our Open House! [https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/File:SDFHC%2BOPEN%2BHOUSE.jpg Click here or on image for more details.]  ===
 
  
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| <center>{{SDFHC Sd chart}}<center>'''[[Principles of Family History Research|Getting Started]]'''<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space: pre;"> </span></center></center>  
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| <center>{{SDFHC Sd chart}}<center>'''[[Principles of Family History Research|Getting Started]]'''<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space: pre"> </span></center></center>  
| <center><center>'''{{SDFHC Class Schedule}}'''</center></center><center><center>'''[[San Diego California Large Multi-stake Family History Center#Classes|Our Class Schedules]]'''</center></center>  
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| <center><center>'''{{SDFHC Class Schedule}}'''</center></center><center><center>'''[[San Diego California FamilySearch Library#Class_Schedules|Class Schedule]]'''</center></center>  
 
| <center><center>'''{{SDFHC websites}}'''</center></center><center><center>'''[[Genealogical Web Page Links|Websites]]'''</center></center>
 
| <center><center>'''{{SDFHC websites}}'''</center></center><center><center>'''[[Genealogical Web Page Links|Websites]]'''</center></center>
 
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| <center>{{SDFHC Sd log}}<center>'''[[A Guide to Research|Guide to Research]]'''</center></center>  
 
| <center>{{SDFHC Sd log}}<center>'''[[A Guide to Research|Guide to Research]]'''</center></center>  
 
| <center>{{SDFHC Sd computer}}<center>'''[https://www.familysearch.org/learningcenter/home.html Free On Line Courses]'''</center></center>  
 
| <center>{{SDFHC Sd computer}}<center>'''[https://www.familysearch.org/learningcenter/home.html Free On Line Courses]'''</center></center>  
| <center>{{SDFHC Sd form}}<center>'''[https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Research_Forms Forms and Aid]'''</center></center>
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| <center>{{SDFHC Sd form}}<center>'''[[Research Forms|Forms and Aid]]'''</center></center>
 
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| <center><center>{{SDFHC Research}}</center></center><center><center>[[Solving Tough Research Problems—Overcoming Brick Walls|'''Research Problems Help'''<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space: pre;"> </span>]]</center></center>  
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| <center><center>{{SDFHC Research}}</center></center><center><center>[[Solving Tough Research Problems—Overcoming Brick Walls|'''Research Problems Help'''<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space: pre"> </span>]]</center></center>  
 
| <center>{{SDFHC bring}}<center>'''[[What to bring to the Family History Center|What to Bring to the FHC]]'''</center></center>  
 
| <center>{{SDFHC bring}}<center>'''[[What to bring to the Family History Center|What to Bring to the FHC]]'''</center></center>  
| <center>{{SDFHC film}}<center>'''[https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Ordering_Microfilm_or_Microfiche Order Microfilm/Fiche]'''</center></center>
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| <center>{{SDFHC film}}<center>'''[[Ordering Microfilm or Microfiche|Order Microfilm/Fiche]]'''</center></center>
 
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=== &nbsp;Hours and Holidays  ===
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[[Image:SDFHC-Map.jpg|thumb|right|405x328px|The San Diego Family History Center off of Interstate 8. Click on image to enlarge. Follow red lines to the east side of the building. For additional direction images, please [https://www.google.com/maps/contrib/109240232315609831301/photos/@32.7774426,-117.1033466,3a,75y,90t/data=!3m8!1e2!3m6!1s-vTELg5sJcI4%2FWIKkKkn3LpI%2FAAAAAAAABuQ%2FJkO1yJaiUqAORy8pvvYX3zsE8CtKWqEfwCLIB!2e4!3e12!6s%2F%2Flh4.googleusercontent.com%2F-vTELg5sJcI4%2FWIKkKkn3LpI%2FAAAAAAAABuQ%2FJkO1yJaiUqAORy8pvvYX3zsE8CtKWqEfwCLIB%2Fw203-h100-p-k-no%2F!7i745!8i744!4m3!8m2!3m1!1e1!6m1!1e1 click here.] ]]
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== '''Calendar of Events'''  ==
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We provide a calendar of our activities at the Library. Click on the hyperlink for the [https://www.google.com/calendar/embed?src=ca_sandiego@ldsmail.net&ctz=America/Los_Angeles current calendar of events.]
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'''''NEW!'''''  New York Times Newspapers on microfilm dated 1 March 1984 to 31 Dec 2006. Located at the end and bottom of the microfilm drawers. 
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=== Hours and Holidays  ===
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'''Location Map:'''
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*[https://www.google.com/maps/place/4195+Camino+Del+Rio+S,+National+University,+San+Diego,+CA+92108/@32.777501,-117.1036905,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m2!3m1!1s0x80d955b62eb7ca2d:0x8c72b49f6b001ce5 Location Map]
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*Language: primary English, some Spanish, a little ASL and a hodgepodge of this and that.
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'''Open Hours:'''
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[[Image:San Diego Family History Center New.jpeg|thumb|right|405x328px|The San Diego Family History Center is located on the east side of the building.]]
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*'''Tuesday:'''10:00am-3:00pm
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*'''Wednesday:'''10:00am-9:00pm
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*'''Thursday:'''10:00am-9:00pm
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*'''Friday'''10:00am-3:00pm
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*'''Saturday:'''10:00am-3:00pm
  
Tuesday, Friday and Saturday 10a.m. to 3 p.m.<br>Wednesday and Thursday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. <br>CLOSED Sunday and Monday <br>Closed holidays in 2013: January 1,&nbsp;April 6, July 4, October 5, November 28-30, December 24-31 &amp; January 1.&nbsp;Please check back for updates to winter 2013 holiday schedule.  
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'''Holiday Schedule:'''
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Holiday Schedule for 2017 - We are closed on the following days.<br>
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Saturday 1 April 2017, Tuesday 4 July 2017, Saturday 30 September 2017, The week of 21 to 25 November, The week of 19 to 23 December 2017, The week of 26 to 30 December 2017 and on Tuesday 2 January 2018.
  
 
=== Directions  ===
 
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In San Diego at 4195 Camino Del Rio South on the east side of the building with ample free parking. We are located across the street from the Penske Truck Rental Center.  
 
In San Diego at 4195 Camino Del Rio South on the east side of the building with ample free parking. We are located across the street from the Penske Truck Rental Center.  
  
For Google map, [http://maps.google.com/maps?near=4195+Camino+Del+Rio+South%2C+San+Diego%2C+CA+92108-4103 click here]&nbsp;(GPS location: 32.777407,-117.103357)  
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For Google map, [https://www.google.com/maps/place/San+Diego+Family+History+Library/@32.777462,-117.103748,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m2!3m1!1s0x80d955b62eb7ca2d:0x715492711ca70a49 click here] (GPS location: 32.777407,-117.103357)  
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Buses: For San Diego MTS public transport [http://www.sdcommute.com/Services/Route.aspx?r=18 Route 18, click here]. The bus stop is at 4141 Camino Del Rio South, about 225 feet west of the Church parking lot. This bus route does not run on Saturdays or Sundays.
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== '''On-site Free Internet Access for Genealogy Research'''  ==
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*'''19th Century British Library Newspapers digital archive''' – This fully searchable database of the British Library's newspaper holdings provides a complete run of 48 national and regional Victorian British newspapers for the 19th century from 1800 to 1900. These support the study of colonial history, genealogical research, politics, urban studies, and media courses.
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*'''Access Newspaper Archives''' - "NewspaperArchive.com is the world's largest online newspaper archive. Featuring billions of articles from historical newspapers around the U.S. and the world, NewspaperARCHIVE makes exploring history and genealogy easy and fun. Discover fascinating news in archived newspapers hundreds of years old—including obituaries, birth announcements, sports articles, comics, and more—to fill in the life stories you are interested in. And share those stories with others through our community at Our NewspaperARCHIVE. All of our historical newspapers are full-page and fully searchable. Try exploring above, and discover your history today!"
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*'''Alexander Street Press, American Civil War'''
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◦Research Data: Contains indexed, searchable information on over 4 million soldiers and thousands of battles, together with 15,000 photographs. ◦Letters and Diaries: Contains approximately 100,000 indexed pages of diaries, letters, and memoirs, including 4,000 pages of previously unpublished manuscripts, such as the letters of Amos Wood and his wife and the diary of Maryland planter William Claytor. ◦Images, Photographs, Posters, and Ephemera: Provides a vivid history of the American Civil War with over 1,400 images.
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*'''Ancestry.com - Institutional version''' – Ancestry gives you access to thousands of collections of records from around the world, including immigration, census, voter, vital, and military records; newspapers and periodicals; family trees; photos and images; directories, maps, court, land, wills and financial records, stories, memories, and histories; and detailed records about births, marriages, deaths, land ownership, and much more. It is the largest for-profit genealogy company in the world.
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*'''ArkivDigital Online''' - ArkivDigital is the largest private provider of Swedish Church Records and other historical records online! All images are newly photographed color images of the original documents.
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*'''Find My Past''' – FindMyPast makes it easy to research your UK ancestry and create your family tree. Search census records and trace births, marriages, and deaths to bring your family history to life.
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◦1911 British Census (accessed through the Find My Past website )–The 1911 UK Census is a record of everyone who lived in England and Wales in 1911. It provides a unique snapshot of the lives of those who lived at that time. Note: Some parts of Find My Past access may be limited due to negotiations (23 Oct 2013).
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*'''Fold3''' (formerly Footnote.com) – Search or browse millions of historical documents and photos. Fold3 has refocused their efforts on gathering the best online collection of military records and stories. The Fold3 name reflects military history and honor, since traditionally, the third fold in a flag-folding ceremony honors and remembers veterans for their sacrifice in defending their country and promoting peace in the world. See Using Fold3 at a Family History Center for more information.
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*'''The Genealogist''' - No longer available except for '''UK use only''' per FamilySearch.org.
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*'''Heritage Quest Online''' – Heritage Quest Online database. This service was removed due to contract expiration.
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*'''Historic Map Works Library Edition''' – Historic Map Works™ Library Edition is one of the most extensive digital map collections available, with over 470,000 high-resolution, full color historic and antique maps. The core of the collection consists of cadastral (property and land ownership) maps illustrating the geographic and development history of the United States and also includes illustrations, city directories, and more. This unique content allows genealogists, historians, and academic researchers to track the "residential genealogy" of families and locations.
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*'''Legacy Stories''' - Put the leaves on your family tree by giving voice to your ancestors. LegacyStories.Org is a social network for all things heritage. Provides a secure platform to upload stories and photos and add recorded narration. The resulting pictures, stories, and narration can be linked as source records on FamilySearch Family Tree. The site offers a full suite of exciting features, including:
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◦Record oral photo narratives directly from your computer microphone. ◦Multi-media story publisher. ◦Social network for feedback and collaboration. ◦Public archives to view and share stories. ◦Five levels of privacy. ◦The Legacy Shop for heritage replayed books, DVD equipment, software, etc.
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*'''Origins.net''' - Features comprehensive and exclusive British and Irish record collections dating back to the 13th century, as well as rare and unique photos and books to browse.
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*'''Paper Trail''' - Provides access to 19th-century westward American migration documents.
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*'''World Vital Records'''
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*'''Familysearch.org''' - the database '''that is linked here''' to Ancestry, Fold3 and others! <br>
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This includes access to the '''International Genealogical Index''' (IGI) Revised - '''Pedigree Resource''' &amp; '''Ancestral File''' submitted genealogies.
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== Patron Equipment Resources  ==
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[[Image:Interior picture 2 of the San Diego Family History Library.JPG|thumb|right|309x249px]]
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*57 Computers
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*10 Microfilm Readers
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*1 Microfiche Reader
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*2 Microfilm/fiche Printers
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*2 Digital Microfilm/fiche high resolution scanners
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*4 flat bed page scanners
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*4 Multi-use Printers &amp; Copiers. This includes scanning to pdf format via flash drive. One printer does color.
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*2 digital cameras with monopod attachments for document scanning and general use. Ask staff.
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*2 digital scanner for slides, negatives and small pictures (under 5x7")
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*Mini light table for slides and negative scanning via digital camera & smart phone. Ask staff for attachments.
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*1 digital Kodak picture scanner system
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*1 video recording room
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*2 Multi-Media Classrooms (call to reserve use)
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*Many tables and chairs for research and smaller meetings!
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=== Patron Research Assets  ===
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[[Image:Interior picture 1 of the San Diego Family History Library.JPG|thumb|right|286x205px]]
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'''San Diego Family Search Library On Site Access'''
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*40,000 Microfilm Rolls
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*'''New York Times Newspapers''' on microfilm dated 1 March 1984 to 31 Dec 2006. Located at the end and bottom of the microfilm drawers. 
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*76,000 Microfiche
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*10,000 Books, Magazines &amp; Publications
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*420 Compac Discs (CDs)
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'''Salt Lake Family History Center''' - Access via on-line system
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*2.4 Million Microfilm Rolls
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*742,000 Microfiche
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*digital on-line records - more each month!
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== Patron Software Resources  ==
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The following mentioned genealogy programs are on our computers. This allows the patron to use them at the Library with their data on a flash drive, for training or for evaluation. These programs are also compatible with FamilySearch Family Tree. Except the older PAF program.
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*'''[http://www.ancquest.com/ Ancestral Quest]''' - Ancestral Quest is the modern version of the old Personal Ancestral File (PAF). Ancestral Quest Basics is available for FREE download. The free ''basic'' version is a full genealogical program with some of the AQ special print &amp; web features turned off. <br> Ancestral Quest now has a '''MAC version!!'''
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*'''[http://www.rootsmagic.com/ Roots Magic]''' - Roots Magic has a basic version called Roots Magic ''Essentials'' and it is available as a FREE download.
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*'''[http://www.legacyfamilytree.com/Index.asp Legacy]''' - Legacy has a basic version called the Legacy ''Standard Edition'' and it is available as a FREE download.
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*'''Personal Ancestral File (PAF)''' - FREE - multi-language versions available. While this program is no longer supported by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, it is still popular and robust. It can be down loaded from various locations on line. Care is needed to download the free product only and not ''other'' products. <br>
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One down load location for PAF5 is [http://parowansoftware.com/ here (click here).] - There are other download locations, but use at your own risk. <br> We can also download a FREE PAF program to your flash drive at the library. Ask staff!.
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Note: The default PAF version for the San Diego FamilySearch Library is PAF version 5. For more information about PAF, [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Personal_Ancestral_File please click here.]
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==Family Activities==
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:*[[Family Reunions]]
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:*[[Family History Activities for Children: 3-11]]
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:*[[Family History Activities for Youth: 12-?]]
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:*[[Personal History - Family Activities]]
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:*[[Youth and Family Summer Challenge -Family History]]
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:*[[Involve Children and Youth in Family History]]
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:*[[Photos – An Innovative Way to Introduce Youth to Family History]]
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:*[[Family History Activities for Youth]]
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== Youth Program Assistance  ==
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*[https://www.lds.org/youth/family-history?lang=eng Youth Temple and Family History Consultant Training] - All welcome.
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*[https://lds.org/young-women/personal-progress?lang=eng '''Young Women Personal Progress'''] - You have a noble responsibility to use your strength and influence for good. Let us help you achieve your Personal Progress goals. Faith Value Project: Take a family history class at the Family History Center, and collect stories of your relatives or others who have demonstrated faith. You may also interview family members or others and record their names. <br> See also: [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Personal_Progress Personal Progress Award.]
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*[http://www.dutytogod.com/ '''Duty to God'''] - The LDS Duty to God Certificate Requirements:<br> ''Deacon'' - Family Activities: <br> 4. Keep a written record of your family history. Ask a parent or the temple and family history consultant to help you prepare a 4-generation pedigree chart. <br> ''Priest'' - Family Activities: <br> 9. Submit the names of one of your ancestors for temple work or write a 500-word personal history. <br> See also: [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Duty_to_God_Award Duty to God Award.]
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[[File:Genealogy Merit Badge.jpg|right|150px]]
  
Buses: For San Diego MTS public transport [http://www.sdcommute.com/Services/Route.aspx?r=18 Route 18, click here]. The bus stop is at 4141 Camino Del Rio South, about 225 feet west of the Church parking lot.  
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*[http://usscouts.org/scoutduty/ '''BSA - Duty to God requirements'''] - for '''all Scouts'''.
  
=== Research Assets  ===
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*'''[[Boy Scout Merit Badge in Genealogy]] '''- We can help you accomplish your BSA goals for this merit badge. Troop classes available. Fill out the [http://usscouts.org/mb/worksheets/Genealogy.pdf Genealogy Merit Badge Worksheet.] Please prepare carefully and call us for an appointment with one of our merit badge counselors. Ask for Merit Badge Counselor Donna Martin or John R. Carpenter.<br>
  
'''On Site'''
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== Class Schedules  ==
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<center>Classes and times at the San Diego FamilySearch Library</center> <center>January - December  </center>
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*40,000 Microfilm roll
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*'''African American Research''' - Thursdays 7 PM to 8 PM and the second Saturday of each month 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM (April to December) - Instructor: Margaret Lewis. Margaret Lewis is President of the San Diego African American Genealogy Research Group (SD AA GRG). Her classes are open to members and community alike. Her lesson content covers all phases of African American research from African origins through migration/immigration, to slavery, reconstruction, segregation and emancipation.
*76,000 Microfiches
 
*11,000 books, magazines &amp; Publications
 
*420 compac discs (Cds)
 
  
'''SLC FHC Access via on-line ordering system'''  
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*'''San Diego Genealogical Society (SDGS) classes''' - These classes are sponsored and taught by members of the San Diego Genealogical Society. For questions, please contact the SDGS at (858) 279-7347. ''No pre-registration required.''
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**'''Writing Our Family Stories''' - 1st &amp; 3rd Friday of each month 10:30 AM -12:30 PM
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**'''FamilyTree Maker User Group''' - 1st Saturday of each month  - 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM.
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**'''Computer Basics''' - 2nd Wednesday of each month - 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM.
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**'''German Interest Group''' - 3rd Wednesday of each month - 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM.
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**'''Have you hit a brick wall? Help Group''' - 4th Wednesday of each month (except January) - 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM.'''Root's Magic User Group''' - 4th Saturday of each month 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM.
  
*2.4 Million Microfilm rolls
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*'''Ancestry Institution.com - Introduction''' - Various instructors - daily Tuesday to Saturday - This includes learning to search, census &amp; other records and family trees.
*742,000 Microfiche
 
  
'''On-site Premium Internet Access'''  
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*'''DNA Testing''' - By appointment - This introduction will help a person realize the pros and cons of different DNA tests. See hand out, [http://carpentercousins.com/DNATesting.pdf click here.]
  
*Ancestral File database of more than 36 million names linked into families.  
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*'''Family Search.org &amp; FS Family Tree Introduction''' - Instructors vary - Tuesday through Saturday - &nbsp;Topics covered include basic pedigree building, sourcing, correcting and merging data.
*International Genealogical Index (IGI) contains approx 600 million names
 
*IGI Extraction Addendum: More than 125 million names extracted from original birth, death, marriage and christening records worldwide.  
 
*Pedigree Resource Database contains more than 80 million patron submitted names linked into families
 
  
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*'''FS Family Tree Family Photos''' - Susie Aincham - Thursdays - 6 PM to 7 PM - Susie Aincham has proven to be the resident expert in adding photos and stories to your online FamilyTree file. For a fun evening, bring your family photos and let Susie help you format and install them for all your family to enjoy.
  
*36 computers
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*'''Indexing - Introduction''' - Instructors vary - Tuesday to Friday - Basic instructions on how to sign up, train and help input genealogical records!
*11 Microfilm Readers
 
*3 Microfiche Readers
 
*2 microfilm/fiche Printers
 
*2 Digital Microfilm/fiche Scanners
 
*3 Multi-use printers &amp; Copiers
 
*Orientation Research &amp; Classroom Areas
 
*Paid Institutional connections to Ancestry.com, Footnote.com plus other premium sites<br>
 
  
=== Youth Program Assistance  ===
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*'''KISS Genealogy''' - Call for appointment - Introduction, setup with quick, effective documentation of research material. Techniques once learned makes you a more efficient genealogical researcher. To see the class handout, click [http://carpentercousins.com/KISSGENEALOGY!.pdf here.]
  
[[Family History Activities for Children: 12-?]] - Curiousity is part of human nature regardless of age. While learning about one's environment and history is accomplished through schooling, discovering one's family heritage can be a fantastic, fun-filled journey made together over time.<br>See also: [[Family History Activities for Children: 3-11]]
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*'''“On-Call” Consultants''' available for Italian, Irish, Scottish, British, Canadian, French, German, Jewish, and Spanish Research.
  
[https://lds.org/young-women/personal-progress?lang=eng Young Women Personal Progress] - You have a noble responsibility to use your strength and influence for good. Let us help you acheive your Personal Progress goals. Faith Value Project: Take a family history class at the Family History Center, and collect stories of your relatives or others who have demonstrated faith. You may also interview family members or others and record their names.<br>See also: [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Personal_Progress Personal Progress Award.]
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*'''On-Film ordering''' - Basic instructions for the on-line microfilm and microfiche ordering. Handout available.
  
[http://www.dutytogod.com/ Duty to God] - The LDS Duty to God Certificate Requirements:&nbsp;<br>Deacon - Family Activities: 4. Keep a written record of your family history. Ask a parent or the ward family history consultant to help you prepare a 4-generation pedigree chart. Priest - Family Activities: 9. Submit the names of one of your ancestors for temple work or write a 500-word personal history.<br>See also: [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Duty_to_God_Award Duty to God Award.]
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*'''Screen Shots''' - Staff - How to capture screen images and save them for your genealogy. This includes basic cropping and renaming.
  
[http://usscouts.org/scoutduty/ BSA - Duty to God requirements] for all Scouts.<br>See also: [http://www.bsalegal.org/duty-to-god-cases-224.asp Duty to God cases.]  
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*'''Spanish Genealogical Research''' - Thursday afternoons - [mailto:cmyturralde@gmail.com '''Carlos M. Yturralde'''] of the [http://www.hh-p.org/home.html Hispanic Heritage Project] is the new instructor! - Todo el mundo es bienvenido y bien recibido!
  
[[Boy Scout Merit Badge in Genealogy]] - We can help you accomplish your BSA goals for this subject. Please prepare carefully and call us for assistance.<br>  
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* [https://www.familysearch.org/learningcenter/home.html '''Family Search Learning Center''']&nbsp;Family Search has produced and continues to provide professional '''on-line classes''' for Family History research. These high-quality videos are available for the rookie genealogist and the seasoned veteran alike. <br>
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:*Example: The '''''Genealogy in 5 Minutes''''' playlist demonstrates how, in just a few minutes, individuals with little or no genealogy experience can make some headway on their family’s history.&nbsp;&nbsp;[https://familysearch.org/ask/gettingStarted'''Getting Started''']&nbsp; &amp;&nbsp;[http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=5+minute+genealogy'''Five Minute Geneology''']
  
=== Neighboring Collections  ===
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*'''New Temple and Family History Consultant Training''' - (Call for appointment)
  
*The [http://www.cgssd.org/ Computer Genealogy Society of San Diego (CGSSD)] provides a list of [http://www.cgssd.org/centers.html area resources] and [http://www.cgssd.org/societies.php Genealogy Organizations and Societies in the San Diego area]. The CGSSD also provides a [http://www.cgssd.org/#newsletter local news letter].
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== Neighboring Collections  ==
*The [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~casdgs/ San Diego Genealogical Society] has a genealogical library of over 9,000 books. This includes many copyrighted books that will not be digitized in the ongoing effort by the Family History Department of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.  
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*The San Diego Genealogical Council calendar is at: [http://sdgencouncil.blogspot.com/ THIS LINK.] Scroll down the page for more info.
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* The [http://casdgs.org/ San Diego Genealogical Society] has moved and merged their genealogical collection into the downtown San Diego City Library.  
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Their main web page is now at: [https://sdgs.wildapricot.org/ HERE!] and their Research and Resource page is at: [https://sdgs.wildapricot.org/Research-Assistance THIS LINK.]
 
*The [http://www.statearchives.us/california.htm California State Archives and Libraries] provides access to California births, marriages and death records.  
 
*The [http://www.statearchives.us/california.htm California State Archives and Libraries] provides access to California births, marriages and death records.  
 
*The [http://sdcl.org/research-genealogy.html San Diego County Library system] has an area of computer genealogical support within the 33 branches of the County Library system.  
 
*The [http://sdcl.org/research-genealogy.html San Diego County Library system] has an area of computer genealogical support within the 33 branches of the County Library system.  
*The [http://www.sandiego.gov/public-library/catalog-databases/genealogy.shtml San Diego Public Library system ]has a large Genealogical Se<span id="fck_dom_range_temp_1280892627757_19" />ction in its main Library downtown and computer genealogical support in all of its 35 City Library&nbsp;branches.
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*The [http://www.sandiego.gov/public-library/ San Diego City Public Library system ]has a large Genealogical Se<span id="fck_dom_range_temp_1280892627757_19" />ction in its main Library downtown and computer genealogical support in all of its 35 City Library&nbsp;branches.
  
 
== Latter-day Saint collections  ==
 
== Latter-day Saint collections  ==
  
*[[Church History Library|Church History Library]], Salt Lake City, LDS history 1830-now: diaries, manuscripts, Church records, photos, oral history, architectural drawings, pamphlets, newspapers, periodicals, maps, microforms, audiovisual material<ref>"Church History Library and Archives" in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints [Internet site] at http://www.lds.org/churchhistory/library (accessed 18 October 2008).</ref>
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*[[Church History Library|Church History Library]], Salt Lake City, LDS history 1830-now: diaries, manuscripts, Church records, photos, oral history, architectural drawings, pamphlets, newspapers, periodicals, maps, microforms, audiovisual material.  
*[http://www.dupinternational.org/ Daughters of Utah Pioneers], SLC, the Museum displays artifacts, and the History Department collects and preserves about 100,000 histories of pioneers who set out for, settled, or were born in Utah by 10 May 1869.<ref>"Pioneer Museum" and "History Department" pages in International Society ~ Daughter of Utah Pioneers [Internet site] at http://www.dupinternational.org/ (accessed 18 October 2008).</ref>
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*[http://www.dupinternational.org/ Daughters of Utah Pioneers], SLC, the Museum displays artifacts, and the History Department collects and preserves about 100,000 histories of pioneers who set out for, settled, or were born in Utah by 10 May 1869.  
*[http://history.utah.gov/ Utah State Historical Society], SLC, family histories, photographs, books, manuscript collections, telephone directories, maps, newspapers, yearbooks, and periodicals are available in the Research Center and online.<ref>"Research Center and Collections" and "Collections Available at the Research Center" in Utah State History [Internet site] at http://history.utah.gov/research_and_collections/index.html (accessed 18 October 2008).</ref>
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*[http://history.utah.gov/ Utah State Historical Society], SLC, family histories, photographs, books, manuscript collections, telephone directories, maps, newspapers, yearbooks, and periodicals are available in the Research Center and online.
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* [https://familysearch.org/partneraccess LDS? - Click here for Partner Access]
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* [[Riverton FamilySearch Library/Handouts and Guides| Riverton FamilySearch Library: Handouts and Guides]]
  
=== Classes  ===
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== Other links ==
  
We offer both individual and group instructions in a variety of genealogical subjects. We offer classes covering the following subjects:  
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:*[[What to do with the genealogy and family history I collected| '''What to do with the genealogy and family history I collected?''']]
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:*'''Why is Family History is Important?  - [http://mormoninsights.byu.edu/en/family-history-more-than-work-for-the-dead/ Click here for a LDS version] and [https://familyshare.com/1691/4-reasons-you-should-study-your-family-history click here for a non-LDS version.] '''
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:*[http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~rayhistory/websites/ '''Family History Websites the Pros Use'''] by Ron Ray.
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:*[http://ldsmag.com/video-five-reasons-to-digitize-your-family-photos/ '''"Five reasons to digitize your family photos"'''] from LDSmag (video).
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:*[[California Genealogy|'''California''' Family History Resource Page.]]
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:*How to find and use [http://www2.archivists.org/sites/all/files/UsingArchives_Final.pdf '''Archives and Archival sources'''].
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:*[https://www.familysearch.org/locations/ '''Family History Centers''']&nbsp;There are over 4,000 smaller family history centers operating in more than 100 countries. Local FamilySearch Libraries are staffed by helpful volunteers. These Libraries are branches of the Family History Library.  
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:*[https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki\ '''Family Search WIKI'''] Research your family history, related topics and about where to find help in research. You will learn and those willing to contribute specialized knowledge are welcome to contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki.
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:*[https://www.familysearch.org/learningcenter/home.html '''Family Search Learning Center''']&nbsp;Family Search has produced and continues to provide professional on-line classes for Family History research. These high-quality videos are available for the rookie genealogist and the seasoned veteran alike. <br>
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:*Example: The '''''Genealogy in 5 Minutes''''' playlist demonstrates how, in just a few minutes, individuals with little or no genealogy experience can make some headway on their family’s history.&nbsp;&nbsp;[https://familysearch.org/ask/gettingStarted'''Getting Started''']&nbsp; &amp;&nbsp;[http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=5+minute+genealogy'''Five Minute Geneology''']
  
*Getting Started/Collecting/Organizing/Searching the Internet
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== '''Volunteer at the Library!'''  ==
*Locating Books &amp; Films using the familyserch.org Library Catalog
 
*Understanding the function of Desktop Icons
 
*Using ancestryinstitution.com
 
*European Research (England, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Spain, etc.)
 
*Mexico Research
 
*African/American Research
 
*Capturing images using Print Screen
 
*Using new.familysearch.org
 
*Personal Ancestry Files (PAF)
 
*Pluses &amp; Minuses&nbsp;of DNA&nbsp;use in genealogy&nbsp;
 
  
[[Classes at San Diego California Large Multi-Stake Family History Center|Click here for current class listings]]
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Anyone who is interested in teaching and helping others about genealogy and family history are invited to volunteer at our Library. All you need is a willingness to help others, learn and follow our general guidelines. To learn more, call us at:  (619) 584-7668 and ask how you can help others by volunteering. <br>
  
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Use the following link to go to the [http://fhc.familysearch.org/ general Family History Center online portal] for Genealogical Resources, Classes &amp; Workshops &amp; One-on-One Assistance.
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Use the following link to download the [https://familysearch.org/products/ FREE Personal Ancestral File genealogy program.] Select the PAF program for language and research needs. The default PAF version for the San Diego California LMS Family History Center is PAF version 5. For more information about PAF, [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Personal_Ancestral_File please click here.]
 
  
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Latest revision as of 16:57, 9 June 2017

aka The San Diego Family History Center
4195 Camino Del Rio South, San Diego, CA 92108

(East side of building)
619-584-7668 
Email:
ca_sandiego@ldsmail.net
Don and Donna Martin, Co-Directors
Temple & Family History Area Consultants

Our Library and its basic services are provided free to the public.
We invite all who are interested in genealogy and family history to visit.
Our volunteers can show you how to use the Library’s resources.
To make your visit more effective, please bring as much information as you have
about the ancestor(s) you wish to research.
This includes copies of birth, marriage and death information or other information that you have. 
Don't forget to bring a flash drive!
A nominal fee is charged for printing.

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The San Diego Family History Center off of Interstate 8. Click on image to enlarge. Follow red lines to the east side of the building. For additional direction images, please click here.

Calendar of Events

We provide a calendar of our activities at the Library. Click on the hyperlink for the current calendar of events.

NEW!  New York Times Newspapers on microfilm dated 1 March 1984 to 31 Dec 2006. Located at the end and bottom of the microfilm drawers. 

Hours and Holidays

Location Map:

  • Language: primary English, some Spanish, a little ASL and a hodgepodge of this and that.

Open Hours:

The San Diego Family History Center is located on the east side of the building.
  • Tuesday:10:00am-3:00pm
  • Wednesday:10:00am-9:00pm
  • Thursday:10:00am-9:00pm
  • Friday10:00am-3:00pm
  • Saturday:10:00am-3:00pm

Holiday Schedule:

Holiday Schedule for 2017 - We are closed on the following days.
Saturday 1 April 2017, Tuesday 4 July 2017, Saturday 30 September 2017, The week of 21 to 25 November, The week of 19 to 23 December 2017, The week of 26 to 30 December 2017 and on Tuesday 2 January 2018.

Directions

In San Diego at 4195 Camino Del Rio South on the east side of the building with ample free parking. We are located across the street from the Penske Truck Rental Center.

For Google map, click here (GPS location: 32.777407,-117.103357)

Buses: For San Diego MTS public transport Route 18, click here. The bus stop is at 4141 Camino Del Rio South, about 225 feet west of the Church parking lot. This bus route does not run on Saturdays or Sundays.

On-site Free Internet Access for Genealogy Research

  • 19th Century British Library Newspapers digital archive – This fully searchable database of the British Library's newspaper holdings provides a complete run of 48 national and regional Victorian British newspapers for the 19th century from 1800 to 1900. These support the study of colonial history, genealogical research, politics, urban studies, and media courses.
  • Access Newspaper Archives - "NewspaperArchive.com is the world's largest online newspaper archive. Featuring billions of articles from historical newspapers around the U.S. and the world, NewspaperARCHIVE makes exploring history and genealogy easy and fun. Discover fascinating news in archived newspapers hundreds of years old—including obituaries, birth announcements, sports articles, comics, and more—to fill in the life stories you are interested in. And share those stories with others through our community at Our NewspaperARCHIVE. All of our historical newspapers are full-page and fully searchable. Try exploring above, and discover your history today!"
  • Alexander Street Press, American Civil War

◦Research Data: Contains indexed, searchable information on over 4 million soldiers and thousands of battles, together with 15,000 photographs. ◦Letters and Diaries: Contains approximately 100,000 indexed pages of diaries, letters, and memoirs, including 4,000 pages of previously unpublished manuscripts, such as the letters of Amos Wood and his wife and the diary of Maryland planter William Claytor. ◦Images, Photographs, Posters, and Ephemera: Provides a vivid history of the American Civil War with over 1,400 images.

  • Ancestry.com - Institutional version – Ancestry gives you access to thousands of collections of records from around the world, including immigration, census, voter, vital, and military records; newspapers and periodicals; family trees; photos and images; directories, maps, court, land, wills and financial records, stories, memories, and histories; and detailed records about births, marriages, deaths, land ownership, and much more. It is the largest for-profit genealogy company in the world.
  • ArkivDigital Online - ArkivDigital is the largest private provider of Swedish Church Records and other historical records online! All images are newly photographed color images of the original documents.
  • Find My Past – FindMyPast makes it easy to research your UK ancestry and create your family tree. Search census records and trace births, marriages, and deaths to bring your family history to life.

◦1911 British Census (accessed through the Find My Past website )–The 1911 UK Census is a record of everyone who lived in England and Wales in 1911. It provides a unique snapshot of the lives of those who lived at that time. Note: Some parts of Find My Past access may be limited due to negotiations (23 Oct 2013).

  • Fold3 (formerly Footnote.com) – Search or browse millions of historical documents and photos. Fold3 has refocused their efforts on gathering the best online collection of military records and stories. The Fold3 name reflects military history and honor, since traditionally, the third fold in a flag-folding ceremony honors and remembers veterans for their sacrifice in defending their country and promoting peace in the world. See Using Fold3 at a Family History Center for more information.
  • The Genealogist - No longer available except for UK use only per FamilySearch.org.
  • Heritage Quest Online – Heritage Quest Online database. This service was removed due to contract expiration.
  • Historic Map Works Library Edition – Historic Map Works™ Library Edition is one of the most extensive digital map collections available, with over 470,000 high-resolution, full color historic and antique maps. The core of the collection consists of cadastral (property and land ownership) maps illustrating the geographic and development history of the United States and also includes illustrations, city directories, and more. This unique content allows genealogists, historians, and academic researchers to track the "residential genealogy" of families and locations.
  • Legacy Stories - Put the leaves on your family tree by giving voice to your ancestors. LegacyStories.Org is a social network for all things heritage. Provides a secure platform to upload stories and photos and add recorded narration. The resulting pictures, stories, and narration can be linked as source records on FamilySearch Family Tree. The site offers a full suite of exciting features, including:

◦Record oral photo narratives directly from your computer microphone. ◦Multi-media story publisher. ◦Social network for feedback and collaboration. ◦Public archives to view and share stories. ◦Five levels of privacy. ◦The Legacy Shop for heritage replayed books, DVD equipment, software, etc.

  • Origins.net - Features comprehensive and exclusive British and Irish record collections dating back to the 13th century, as well as rare and unique photos and books to browse.
  • Paper Trail - Provides access to 19th-century westward American migration documents.
  • World Vital Records
  • Familysearch.org - the database that is linked here to Ancestry, Fold3 and others!

This includes access to the International Genealogical Index (IGI) Revised - Pedigree Resource & Ancestral File submitted genealogies.

Patron Equipment Resources

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  • 57 Computers
  • 10 Microfilm Readers
  • 1 Microfiche Reader
  • 2 Microfilm/fiche Printers
  • 2 Digital Microfilm/fiche high resolution scanners
  • 4 flat bed page scanners
  • 4 Multi-use Printers & Copiers. This includes scanning to pdf format via flash drive. One printer does color.
  • 2 digital cameras with monopod attachments for document scanning and general use. Ask staff.
  • 2 digital scanner for slides, negatives and small pictures (under 5x7")
  • Mini light table for slides and negative scanning via digital camera & smart phone. Ask staff for attachments.
  • 1 digital Kodak picture scanner system
  • 1 video recording room
  • 2 Multi-Media Classrooms (call to reserve use)
  • Many tables and chairs for research and smaller meetings!

Patron Research Assets

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San Diego Family Search Library On Site Access

  • 40,000 Microfilm Rolls
  • New York Times Newspapers on microfilm dated 1 March 1984 to 31 Dec 2006. Located at the end and bottom of the microfilm drawers. 
  • 76,000 Microfiche
  • 10,000 Books, Magazines & Publications
  • 420 Compac Discs (CDs)

Salt Lake Family History Center - Access via on-line system

  • 2.4 Million Microfilm Rolls
  • 742,000 Microfiche
  • digital on-line records - more each month!

Patron Software Resources

The following mentioned genealogy programs are on our computers. This allows the patron to use them at the Library with their data on a flash drive, for training or for evaluation. These programs are also compatible with FamilySearch Family Tree. Except the older PAF program.

  • Ancestral Quest - Ancestral Quest is the modern version of the old Personal Ancestral File (PAF). Ancestral Quest Basics is available for FREE download. The free basic version is a full genealogical program with some of the AQ special print & web features turned off.
    Ancestral Quest now has a MAC version!!
  • Roots Magic - Roots Magic has a basic version called Roots Magic Essentials and it is available as a FREE download.
  • Legacy - Legacy has a basic version called the Legacy Standard Edition and it is available as a FREE download.
  • Personal Ancestral File (PAF) - FREE - multi-language versions available. While this program is no longer supported by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, it is still popular and robust. It can be down loaded from various locations on line. Care is needed to download the free product only and not other products.

One down load location for PAF5 is here (click here). - There are other download locations, but use at your own risk.
We can also download a FREE PAF program to your flash drive at the library. Ask staff!.

Note: The default PAF version for the San Diego FamilySearch Library is PAF version 5. For more information about PAF, please click here.

Family Activities

Youth Program Assistance

  • Young Women Personal Progress - You have a noble responsibility to use your strength and influence for good. Let us help you achieve your Personal Progress goals. Faith Value Project: Take a family history class at the Family History Center, and collect stories of your relatives or others who have demonstrated faith. You may also interview family members or others and record their names.
    See also: Personal Progress Award.
  • Duty to God - The LDS Duty to God Certificate Requirements:
    Deacon - Family Activities:
    4. Keep a written record of your family history. Ask a parent or the temple and family history consultant to help you prepare a 4-generation pedigree chart.
    Priest - Family Activities:
    9. Submit the names of one of your ancestors for temple work or write a 500-word personal history.
    See also: Duty to God Award.

BSA

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  • Boy Scout Merit Badge in Genealogy - We can help you accomplish your BSA goals for this merit badge. Troop classes available. Fill out the Genealogy Merit Badge Worksheet. Please prepare carefully and call us for an appointment with one of our merit badge counselors. Ask for Merit Badge Counselor Donna Martin or John R. Carpenter.

Class Schedules

Classes and times at the San Diego FamilySearch Library
January - December


  • African American Research - Thursdays 7 PM to 8 PM and the second Saturday of each month 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM (April to December) - Instructor: Margaret Lewis. Margaret Lewis is President of the San Diego African American Genealogy Research Group (SD AA GRG). Her classes are open to members and community alike. Her lesson content covers all phases of African American research from African origins through migration/immigration, to slavery, reconstruction, segregation and emancipation.
  • San Diego Genealogical Society (SDGS) classes - These classes are sponsored and taught by members of the San Diego Genealogical Society. For questions, please contact the SDGS at (858) 279-7347. No pre-registration required.
    • Writing Our Family Stories - 1st & 3rd Friday of each month 10:30 AM -12:30 PM
    • FamilyTree Maker User Group - 1st Saturday of each month - 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM.
    • Computer Basics - 2nd Wednesday of each month - 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM.
    • German Interest Group - 3rd Wednesday of each month - 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM.
    • Have you hit a brick wall? Help Group - 4th Wednesday of each month (except January) - 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM.Root's Magic User Group - 4th Saturday of each month 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM.
  • Ancestry Institution.com - Introduction - Various instructors - daily Tuesday to Saturday - This includes learning to search, census & other records and family trees.
  • DNA Testing - By appointment - This introduction will help a person realize the pros and cons of different DNA tests. See hand out, click here.
  • Family Search.org & FS Family Tree Introduction - Instructors vary - Tuesday through Saturday -  Topics covered include basic pedigree building, sourcing, correcting and merging data.
  • FS Family Tree Family Photos - Susie Aincham - Thursdays - 6 PM to 7 PM - Susie Aincham has proven to be the resident expert in adding photos and stories to your online FamilyTree file. For a fun evening, bring your family photos and let Susie help you format and install them for all your family to enjoy.
  • Indexing - Introduction - Instructors vary - Tuesday to Friday - Basic instructions on how to sign up, train and help input genealogical records!
  • KISS Genealogy - Call for appointment - Introduction, setup with quick, effective documentation of research material. Techniques once learned makes you a more efficient genealogical researcher. To see the class handout, click here.
  • “On-Call” Consultants available for Italian, Irish, Scottish, British, Canadian, French, German, Jewish, and Spanish Research.
  • On-Film ordering - Basic instructions for the on-line microfilm and microfiche ordering. Handout available.
  • Screen Shots - Staff - How to capture screen images and save them for your genealogy. This includes basic cropping and renaming.
  • Family Search Learning Center Family Search has produced and continues to provide professional on-line classes for Family History research. These high-quality videos are available for the rookie genealogist and the seasoned veteran alike.
  • Example: The Genealogy in 5 Minutes playlist demonstrates how, in just a few minutes, individuals with little or no genealogy experience can make some headway on their family’s history.  Getting Started  & Five Minute Geneology
  • New Temple and Family History Consultant Training - (Call for appointment)

Neighboring Collections

  • The San Diego Genealogical Council calendar is at: THIS LINK. Scroll down the page for more info.
  • The San Diego Genealogical Society has moved and merged their genealogical collection into the downtown San Diego City Library.

Their main web page is now at: HERE! and their Research and Resource page is at: THIS LINK.

Latter-day Saint collections

Other links

Volunteer at the Library!

Anyone who is interested in teaching and helping others about genealogy and family history are invited to volunteer at our Library. All you need is a willingness to help others, learn and follow our general guidelines. To learn more, call us at: (619) 584-7668 and ask how you can help others by volunteering.

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