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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.

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4195 Camino Del Rio South, San Diego, CA 92108

619-584-7668  -  Email:
 Director, R. Edwin Jones

Hours and Holidays
Center Resources
Research Collection
Youth Program Assistance
Neighboring Collections
Latter-day Saint Collections


Principles of Family History Research
Getting Started
Our Class Schedule
Our Class Schedules
Guide to Research
Free On Line Courses
Forms and Aid
Research Problems Help
What to Bring to the FHC
Order Microfilm/Fiche

 Hours and Holidays

Tuesday, Friday and Saturday 10a.m. to 3 p.m.
Wednesday and Thursday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
CLOSED Sunday and Monday
Closed holidays in 2013: January 1, April 6, July 4, October 5, November 28-30, December 24-31 & January 1. Please check back for updates to winter 2013 holiday schedule.


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.

Research Assets

On Site

  • 40,000 Microfilm roll
  • 76,000 Microfiches
  • 11,000 books, magazines & Publications
  • 420 compac discs (Cds)

SLC FHC Access via on-line ordering system

  • 2.4 Million Microfilm rolls
  • 742,000 Microfiche

On-site Premium Internet Access

Free Access to

  • Ancestry Institution database of more than 36 million names linked into families.
  • International Genealogical Index (IGI) contains approx 600 million names
  • Pedigree Resource Database contains more than 80 million patron submitted names linked into families

Patron Resources

  •  57 computers
  • 10 Microfilm Readers
  • 1 Microfiche Readers
  • 2 microfilm/fiche Printers
  • 1 Digital Microfilm/fiche Scanners
  • 4 Multi-use printers & Copiers
  • State of the Art Multi Media Classrooms
  • State of the Art Oral History Studio
  • Free Access to Institutional connections such as Ancestry Institution, Fold3 [Footnote] and other premium sites
  • Full Service Pedigree Software Applications

    Personal Ancestral File 5.2 (PAF)

    Ancestral Quest

    Roots Magic



Youth Program Assistance

Youth Consultant Training

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.
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 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.
See also: Duty to God Award.

BSA - Duty to God requirements for all Scouts.
See also: Duty to God cases.

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.

Neighboring Collections

Latter-day Saint collections

  • 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[1]
  • 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.[2]
  • 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.[3]

             Classes at the San Diego Family Search Library
                                 January - December 2013

                                                Pre-registration Required
                           Call: (619) 584 7668 or Email:
Class Time Instructor

  • African American Research Thurs - 7 pm to 8 pm Marti Lewis. Margaret Lewis is VP of the SD African American Genealogy Group. Her classes are open to members and community alike and her lesson content covers all phases of African American research from African origins through migration/immigration, to slavery, reconstruction, segregation and emancipation.
  •  Family Search / Family Tree Wed - 7 pm to 8 pm TBA. This class outlines the transition from the former New.FamilySearch to the present FamilySearch – Family Tree. Topics covered include basic pedigree building, sourcing, correcting and merging data.
  • FamilyTree Fan Charts Wed - 7 pm to 8 pm Dawna Jones. A fun and creative way to share your family ancestry either as a decorative item for display or a quick visual to zero in on needed research. Students will take home step by step instructions using on-line applications.
  • Family Tree Photos Thurs - 6 pm to7 pm Susie Aincham. Recently released by FamilySearch, 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.
  • German Research 3rd Wed - 11 to 1 pm SD German Gen Soc.Family historians researching their Germanic ancestors will find the presentations on German genealogy sponsored by the San Diego Genealogical Society especially helpful. No formal membership in this organization is required.
  • New Consultant Training daily by appt. Elder Ed Jones
  • Spanish Research afternoons & evenings Wed - Gloria Morales and Thurs- Marcy Lopez
  • Coming Soon -Irish Research assistance - TBA
  • “On-Call” Consultants available for Italian, Irish, Scottish, British, Canadian, French, German, Jewish, and Spanish Research
  • (enhanced version) - Library Catalog - Books & Films Research. Instructor/Consultant: Allen Wampach – Tuesdays (a.m.)
  • FamilySearch: Group and Individual Instruction available Tuesday through Saturday.
  • Personal Family Files: Personal Ancestral File (PAF): - Programs within PAF - Inserting Pictures and Stories
  • Creating a PAF file using "Get My Ancestors" from Family Search. – Group and Individual Instruction available Tuesday through Saturday.
  • Ancestry - Census Records/Family Trees. Instruction available Tuesday through Saturday.
  • Computer Basics: Instructor: John R. Carpenter. Saturdays
  • DNA & Genealogy: Instructor: John R. Carpenter Saturdays
  • Indexing - How to Instruction available Tuesday through Saturday. Instructors: Dawna Jones and Bob Harris –Individual or Group Instructions. Call for appointment
  • Screen Shots/JPEG/Cropping. Instructor: Bob Harris. - Windows XP, Vista & Windows 7 - Tuesday & Wednesday, Thursday (a.m..)
  • Available now!! Digital Camera Scanner - Easily mounts on Film readers - Captures on demand - Outputs to Flash Drive or Printer.
  • Notice:New Instructions for Film Ordering: Click here.

FHC online Portal

Use the following link to go to the general Family History Center online portal for Genealogical Resources, Classes & Workshops & One-on-One Assistance.

PAF - Free!

Use the following link to download the 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, please click here.


  1. "Church History Library and Archives" in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints [Internet site] at (accessed 18 October 2008).
  2. "Pioneer Museum" and "History Department" pages in International Society ~ Daughter of Utah Pioneers [Internet site] at (accessed 18 October 2008).
  3. "Research Center and Collections" and "Collections Available at the Research Center" in Utah State History [Internet site] at (accessed 18 October 2008).