San Rafael California Family History Center

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San Rafael FHC

Address: 220 N San Pedro Rd, San Rafael, CA

Hours

  • Mon: Closed
  • Tue: 1:00 p.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Wed: 9:00 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Thu: 5:00 p.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Fri: 9:00 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Sat & Sun: Closed

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Upcoming Events
Class Schedule
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Collections
Databases and Software
Hardware and Equipment
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Resources in the Local Area

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Marin Family History Center

The Marin Family History Center is located in San Rafael, one-half mile past the Civic Center, on the southeast corner of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. We are full-service library, staffed 20 hours a week by a range of volunteers with varied backgrounds, many of whom are professional genealogists on loan from the Marin Genealogical Society. Please stop by anytime--it's a library, so you don't need an appointment, don't need to be a member of the genealogical society or the church. Over 90% of people who walk in off the street find their ancestors on the first day!


Calendar and Events

Upcoming Events

Class Schedule

  • Discovering Your Roots: Introduction to Genealogical Research Methods,
    taught by David Williams
    College of Marin Community Education (Kentfield)
    Sep 12 - Oct 17, Mondays only, 2:40 - 4:00 pm (Register)
    Discovering Your Roots: Introduction to genealogical Research Methods Learn the basics of genealogical and family history research. We will cover definitions, methodologies, forms used, research repositories, the internet, and software. We will discuss documents and citations, as well as the organization of information and archival of documents. You will be invited to share what your research yields, not only about who your ancestors were, but also the political and social issues involving their activities. You will also be encouraged to write your own history or memoir of an interesting family member as a legacy for future generations. Experts in certain aspects of genealogical research methods will present at class. David Williams has been involved in Genealogical research for over 20 years and is a Board member and past President of the Marin County Genealogical society.



Center Resources

Collections

  • Family History Library Catalog: This center has the ability to order any of the films and fiche available through the Family History Library Catalog.
  • Lots of books, especially books about the history of various local areas
  • many purchased CDs of records that aren't yet on the internet

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

  • 12 Computers, updated regularly
  • 6 printers
  • scanner / microfilm scanner / microfiche scanner
  • microfilm and microfiche readers



Center Services

Staff Research Specialties

  • There is at all times a volunteer on staff from the Marin County Genealogical Society
  • Multiple professional genealogists and researchers will be here when you come and are excited to help
  • We have access to many/all languages



Resources in the Local Area

  • Marin County Genealogical Society (link)