Susanville California Family History Center

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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.

Located inside the Susanville LDS Church, our center's services are free and open to the public.  We invite all who are interested in family history to visit our center.  Our friendly staff of volunteers can show you how to find your "roots."

Center Contacts and Hours


The Susanville California Family History Center is located at 905 Richmond Road across the street from Diamond View Middle School. (Please note that this is not a mailing address.)  The entrance is through the northwest doors at the front of the church building.  Ring the buzzer and someone will let you in.

Map directions: Susanville California Family History Center.

Phone:  (530) 257-4411 (Call during FamilySearch Center open hours)

Open Hours: Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 am to 4 pm, and Tuesday evenings from 6 to 8 pm.

Holiday Schedule:  Closed the week of Thanksgiving and the last two weeks of December.

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. Film and fiche can be ordered online at  The films will be sent to our center and can be viewed during open hours.
  • The Susanville Family History Center has a collection of microfilms and microfiche on indefinite loan from the Family History Library in Salt Lake City.  We have many of the US Federal Censuses of California on microfilm.  We have Lassen County resources on microfilm including censuses, cemeteries, and probate records.  We also have a collection of reference books, and family and local histories. 

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

  • We have three computers, a printer, two microfilm readers, and a microfiche reader available for use. 

Resources in the Local Area

  • The Lassen Historical Museum is located at 105 N. Weatherlow adjacent to Roop's Fort.  It features antique logging equipment and tools and contains pictures of Susanville dating back to the mid 1850s.  It has family histories and family pioneer pictures.  It also contains Native American artifacts.
  • The Historic Susanville Railroad Depot and Vistors Center at 601 Richmond Road is located at the head of the popular Bizz Johnson Trail.  This restored railroad depot has historic photographs of the railroad and logging trains which in bygone days rolled through Susanville.
  • The Westwood Museum at 311 Ash Street in Westwood (26 miles west of Susanville) displays artifacts and pictures from the town during the heydey of the Red River Lumber Company, which from 1913 to 1956 was the largest pine lumber mill in the world.


Lassen County cemeteries and indexes

Obituary indexes of Lassen County and neighboring counties of Modoc, Butte and Plumas

Lassen County probate index (1864-1928)

Lassen County Superior Court index

Lassen High School yearbooks (1906-2011)

Lassen County US Gen Web Project

Fairfield's Pioneer History of Lassen County, California by Asa Merrill Fairfield, 1916.

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