San Luis Obispo California Family History Center

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San Luis Obispo
San Luis Obispo research room

The San Luis Obispo Family History Center serves the city of San Luis Obispo and surrounding areas, providing family history research guidance, genealogy database user support, and assistance to both beginning and experienced family history researchers. Other nearby FHCs are located in Santa Maria and Atascadero, California.

Location & Map:

  • Address: 651 Foothill Boulevard, San Luis Obispo, CA 93405-1686
  • Free parking, including handicapped spaces available. Please ring bell at west door for access.
  • For directions and map, click here.

Phone: 805-543-6328


Open Hours: Tues, Wed, Thurs: 10-4, Sat: 10-1

Holiday Schedule: Closed during the month of August. Limited schedule in December.

Calendar and Events

Upcoming Events

Class Schedule

Staff Training Meetings


Center Resources


  • Family History Library Catalog: This center has the ability to order any of the films and fiche available through the Family History Library Catalog. We can help you order online.

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.

This center provides free on-site access to the following databases:

  • 19th Century British Library Newspaper Digital Archive
  • Alexander Street Press - The American Civil War
  • Family History Library Edition (includes international databases)
  • ArkivDigital
  • Find My Past
  • Fold3 (formerly
  • The Genealogist
  • Godfrey Memorial Library
  • Heritage Quest Online
  • Historic Map Works Library Edition
  • Paper Trail
  • World Vital Records

In addition to the portal databases listed above, this center also provides free on-site access to:

  • Ancestral Quest 12.1
  • Get My Ancestors 2009.2.18
  • Family Archive Viewer
  • Family History Resource File Viewer 4.0
  • Family Insight
  • Legacy
  • Map My Family Tree 1.3.9
  • Pedigree Resource File
  • Personal Ancestry File (PAF) 5.2
  • Personal Historian
  • RootsMagic
  • XNView (scanning and image management software)

Hardware and Equipment

  • Six public workstation Windows computers
  • Two printers
  • Three 35mm microfilm readers
  • One 16mm microfilm reader
  • One microfiche reader
  • One workstation equipped to scan or print microfilm and/or fiche.
  • There are approximately 550 print volumes, including reference works, county histories, limited local city directories, and local genealogical periodicals.
  • Non-print resources include extended loan microfilm and microfiche from the SLC FHL and pedigree resource files on CD.

Center Services

Staff Research Specialties

Handwriting assistance
Mayflower descendants
Searching in New FamilySearch and FamilySearch

New York research in the 1800s
Searching databases
Family Histories
Genealogy software

Macintosh assistance
Chicago research
Scandinavian research
Organizing your research

Resources in the Local Area

Heritage Shared

History Center of San Luis Obispo County

History in San Luis Obispo County

San Luis Obispo County Genealogical Society

South County Historical Society, San Luis Obispo County

Special Collections & University Archives

Kennedy Library, California Polytechnic State University

Vital Records for San Luis Obispo County, California

Office of the Clerk-Recorder


California Family History Centers

San Luis Obispo County, California,_California


Atascadero FHC

Santa Maria FHC

Volunteer at the Center

If you are interested in volunteering, please contact the director at the email address above.