San Diego California FamilySearch Library

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4195 Camino Del Rio South, San Diego, CA 92108

619-584-7668  -  Email:
 Directors, Ross McCollum and Jane McCollum

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

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

Calendar of Events

Click here for Current Calendar of Events

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Hours and Holidays

Tuesday, Friday and Saturday 10 AM. to 3 PM
Wednesday and Thursday 10 AM. to 9 PM 
CLOSED Sunday and Monday 

2013 remaining Holidays closed:
December 19-31 & January 1.

2014 Holidays closed:
April 5, July 4, October 4, November 25-29, December 23-31 & January 1-3.


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.

Patron Research Assets

San Diego Family Search Library On Site Access

  • 40,000 Microfilm Rolls
  • 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!

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 - " 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.

  • - 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 – 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 - English parish records, directories, census, civil registration, surname mapping, and selected army and navy lists.

NOTE: This service was temporarily removed on 22 October, 2013. This contract is in negotiation now.

  • Heritage Quest Online – Heritage Quest Online database is a collection of material for both genealogical and historical researchers, with coverage dating back to the late 1700s. Researchers can use HeritageQuest Online to find their ancestors, trace their paths across America, and learn what life was like in the areas where they settled. Searches include:

◦Census: Find ancestors in the complete set of U.S. federal census images from 1790 to 1930, including name indexes for many years. ◦Books: Find information on people and places described in over 24,000 family and local histories. ◦PERSI Periodical Source Index™: Find information about people and places from this index of over 2 million genealogy and local history articles, updated annually. ◦Revolutionary War: Search selected records from the Revolutionary War Era Pension and Bounty-Land Warrant Application Files. ◦Freedman’s Bank: Search for individuals in Freedman’s Bank (1865-1874), which was founded to serve African Americans. Includes a name index and images for bank depositors and their dependents and heirs. ◦U.S. Serial Set: Search the Memorials, Petitions, and Private Relief Actions of the U.S. Congress in the LexisNexis® U.S. Serial Set.

  • 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.

  • - 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
  • - 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

  • 57 Computers
  • 10 Microfilm Readers
  • 1 Microfiche Reader
  • 2 Microfilm/fiche Printers
  • 2 Digital Microfilm/fiche Scanners
  • 2 page scanners
  • 4 Multi-use Printers & Copiers
  • 2 digital cameras with monopod attachments for document scanning
  • 1 digital scanner for slides, negatives and small pictures (under 5x7")
  • 2 Multi-Media Classrooms (call to reserve use)
  • 1 Oral History Studio (call to reserve use)
  • Many tables and chairs for research and smaller meetings!

Patron Software Resources

This software is on our computers. This allows the patron to use with a flash drive, or for training or for evaluation. These programs are also compatible with FamilySearch Family Tree.

  • 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.
  • 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) - 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 sample is FREE Personal Ancestral File genealogy program. Select the PAF 5 program download and ignore ads on download web site.

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

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 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.

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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Class Schedules 2014

Classes and times at the San Diego FamilySearch Library
January - December 2014

  • African American Research - Thursdays - 7 PM to 8 PM 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.
    • FamilyTree Maker User Group - 1st Saturday of each month (except for December) - 10:30 to 12:30PM.
    • Computer Basics - 2nd Wednesday of each month - 10:30 to 12:30PM.
    • German Interest Group - 3rd Wednesday of each month - 1:00PM to 3:00 PM.
    • Users Group - 4th Thursday of each month - 11:00AM to 1:00PM.
    • Have you hit a brick wall? Help Group - 4th Wednesday of each month (except January) - 10:30AM to 12:30PM.
  • Spanish Genealogical Research - Marcy Lopez - Thursdays PM - Todo el mundo es bienvenido bien recibido!
  • DNA Testing - John R. Carpenter - Saturday AMs or by appointment - This introduction will help a person realize the pros and cons of different DNA testing and genealogy.
  • Ancestry - Introduction - Various instructors - daily Tuesday to Saturday - This includes learning to search, census & other records and family trees.
  • Indexing - Introduction - Instructors vary - Tuesday to Friday - Basic instructions on how to sign up, train and help input genealogical records!
  • Family & FS Family Tree Introduction - Instructors vary - Wednesday through Thursday - 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM (Call for appointment) - Topics covered include basic pedigree building, sourcing, correcting and merging data.
  • FS Family Tree Family Photos - Susie Aincham - Thursdays - 6 PM to7 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.
  • New Family History Consultant Training - (Call for appointment)
  • “On-Call” Consultants available for Italian, Irish, Scottish, British, Canadian, French, German, Jewish, and Spanish Research.
  • Screen Shots - Bob Harris - AMs Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursdays - How to capture screen images and save them for your genealogy. This includes basic cropping and renaming.
  • On-Film ordering - Basic instructions for the on-line microfilm and microfiche ordering. Handout available.

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.