Seattle Washington Family History Center
|This article describes the services and resources available at a Family History Center, a branch facility of the Family History Library.|
The Seattle Family History Center serves The South Seattle, (King County) areas. Our facility is experienced in multi-cultural research including U.S., European and Pacific Island countries and multiple languages such as English, Dutch, French, German, Samoan, Spanish and Tongan.
Center Contacts and Hours
Location & Map:
- Address: 14022 Ambaum Boulevard Southwest, Burien, (Seattle) WA, 98166
- (Please note, this is not a mailing address)
- There is ample parking place in front of the building
- Location on Map
- If front doors are locked during business hours. Please ring the bell or call, our staff will open the door.
General mailbox mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org
Inquiries, Scheduling Special Visits and Public Relations:email@example.com
Patron Services Requests: firstname.lastname@example.org
Computer, Equipment or Inventory questions: email@example.com
- Tuesday:10:00 AM -8:30 PM
- Wednesay: 10:00 AM-8:30 PM
- Thursday:10:00 AM-8:30 PM
- Special Opening per appointment: firstname.lastname@example.org
Holiday Schedule and Closure:
- Closed legal holidays and holiday weekends,
- Easter week, Thanksgiving week, Christmas Week
- Snow days and School closure days
- Last 2 weeks of December for Christmas holidays
- Closed for General Conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Calendar and Events
Wilford Woodruff's Display and Lecture
- July 2013--Exhibit by Jennifer Mackley, lawyer, not a historian by profession. I was raised under a microfilm machine, literally at my Mother’s knee, as she exemplified the turning of the hearts of the children to their ancestral fathers and mothers. When she was a child, her mother read to her the account of Wilford Woodruff’s vision of the Founding Fathers from N. B. Lundwall’s book "Temples of the Most High." It made a profound impression on her and led to her lifetime of researching family history. I was similarly intrigued when she shared the remarkable account with me and felt compelled to find out more about it. My curiosity led to the reading of Wilford Woodruff’s journals, discourses, and available letters as well as contemporaneous sources in Church history. I discovered that the development of temple doctrine in the nineteenth century can be more effectively traced through Wilford Woodruff's life than any other person’s ... and wrote a book to share what I learned.
The Seattle Family History Center hold classes taught by the South King County Genealogical Society professionals. New series will start in September 2013.
- September 28, 2013; 10:00 AM Census Records SKCGS Professional Series
- October 12, 2013; 10:00 AM South Pacific Research Seattle FHC
- October 28, 2013; 10:00 AM Search Your Vital Records SKCGS Professional Series
- November 9, 2013; 10:00 AM Search the Wiki Seattle FHC
- November 23, 2013; 10:00 AM Citing Sources SKCGS Professional Series
- January 11, 2014; 10:00 AM Photos on Family Tree Seattle FHC
- January 25, 2014; 10:00 AM Immigration Records SKCGS Professional Series
- February 8, 2014; 10:00 AM Indexing Seattle FHC
- February 22,2014; 10:00 AM Newspaper Research SKCGS Professional Series
- March 8, 2013; 10:00 AM FamilySearch Affiliates Seattle FHC
- March 22, 2014; 10:00 AM Brickwall Strategies SKCGS Professional Series
- April 12, 2014; 10:00 AM FamilySearch Affiliates (Part 2) Seattle FHC
- April 26, 2014; 10:00 AM Writing Your History SKCGS Professional Series
- May 24. 2014; 10:00 AM Military Records SKCGS Professional Series
- Family History Library Catalog: Patrons have the ability to order any of the films and fiche available through the Family History Library Catalog and read them in this center
- Special Collections, 120 Films with Scandinavian emphasis, 1100 fiche, printed collection, Pedigree Resource File, Family History Library Favorites including Ancestry.com institutional edition and other commercial applications.
Databases and Software
- Genealogy database software (Ancestral Quest, Family Insight, Family Tree Maker, Legacy, PAF, RootsMagic)
- Charting software (PAF Companion, Legacy Charting)
- Word processing, spreadsheet and presentation software such as Word, WordPerfect and OfficeLibre (on selected machines)
- Photo editing software (IrfanView, Adobe Photo Shop Elements, HP Photo Smart Essential, MGI Photo Suite, ACD Foto Slate and Canon Zoombrowser EX).
- Pedigree Resource File (complete on server)
- Free access to several subscription sites through the FamilySearch Portal such as Ancestry.com, British Newspapers, Find-My-Past (UK), Footnote, Genline (Swedish), Heritage Quest, World Vital Records and others.
Hardware and Equipment
- 10 computer stations with high-speed internet access,
- 2 printers and 1 multifunction printer to copy scan and duplex printing,
- 4 film readers (with 35 mm and 16 mmm capabilities),
- 1 fiche reader,
- 1 film or fiche reader/printer;
- located in the spacious newly remodeled rooms for training, research and consulting purposes
Staff Research Specialties
Resources in the Local Area
(This section is to highlight other resources in your area that will be helpful for individuals doing research there in your location, if there are any, such as government offices, historical societies, etc.)
Volunteer at the Center
Staff volunteers can assist you familiarity with personal computers and software, church websites, commercial websites; and a willingness to help patrons with research for their ancestors. All staff members have been or are being trained on FamilySearch products.