Tucson Arizona 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.
The Tucson Family History Center serves the Tucson area. Established in the 1980's, it houses a large collection of family histories and genealogy books donated by the Arizona State Genealogical Society.

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Center Contacts and Hours

Location & Map:

  • 500 S. Langley, Tucson, AZ  85710
  • The free standing building is located on the north east side of the Tucson East Stake Center parking lot, south of Palo Verde Park.  There is ample parking and handicap accessibility.
  • Map:Tucson Arizona Family History Center' 

Phone:  520-298-0905

E-mail: az_tucson@ldsmail.net

Open Hours:

  • Tuesday 10 am - 9 pm
  • Wednesday 10 am - 2 pm
  • Thursday 10 am - 9 pm
  • Friday 10 am - 5 pm
  • Saturday 10 am - 5 pm
  • Closed: April 6, October 5, August 20-24,  November 28, 29, 30, December 20 - January 2 

Upcoming events

FAMILY HISTORY IN THE 21ST CENTURY - This Family History Fair will be held on Saturday, January 25th from 9:00 AM to 1:45 PM, at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints Tucson East Stake Center (6901 E. Kenyon - near Broadway and Kolb) with classes for all levels of genealogists and people interested in family history.  There is no charge for any of the classes.  Click here (Updated Jan 16th) for a schedule and below for class handouts. 

Immigration and Naturalization: Using Immigration and Naturalization Records in Family Research (Handout), Immigration Timeline (Handout), Immigration and Naturalization Terminology (Handout), Immigration and Naturalization Websites (Handout), Immigration and Naturalization Bibliography (Handout), Naturalization in the US (Handout), Timeline for Naturalization Requirements (Handout), Requesting Immigration or Naturalization Papers (Handout), Homestead Research (Handout

German Research (Handout)

Secrets to Successful Ancestry.Com Searches: Ancestry.com is the most popular website for genealogy research. However, the sheer amount of data can make searching for your ancestors seem daunting. This class will help you navigate the records more efficiently and offer suggestions for maximizing your online research experience (Handout)

Giving Back - How to Help Others Grow Their Family Trees: Have you found that break-through record for your elusive ancestor on FamilySearch.org? Or that long-lost grave on Find A Grave or Billion Graves? Those records were placed online for you to find by people just like you. Today’s technology makes it possible for you to return the favor and help others grow their family trees. This class will show you how easy it is to contribute to the world’s cache of free online records and give others the key to breaking down their own brick walls. (Handout)

Eastern European and Polish Research (Handout)

Family Search.Org Historicial Records (Handout)

Family Tree (Handout)

Scandanavian Research (Handout)

Google - Beyond the Search Button (Handout)

Finding the Living (Handout)

Finding the Dead (Handout)

Free Subcription Website at the Family History Center (Handout)

Native American Research (Handout)

Family Lines All Done?  Contribute Using Your Tech Skills (Handout)

Beginner track:

       Introduction to FamilySearch and FamilyTree (Beginning genealogy) (Handout)

       How to do Research (Handout)

       Getting Help-Using the Research Wiki (Handout)

       Software programs to Organize Your Family History (Handout)

Past events

"Optimizing Google as a Genealogical Research Tool" by Amy Urman  was taught April 17. Handout

Family History in the 21st Century 2013 - This Family History Fair was presented January 26, 2013  at the Tucson East Stake Center. Click here for a list of cources and links to class handouts.

Center Resources



  • The Cox Collection: This microfilm collection contains copies of US county histories published in newspapers in the 1875-1900 period, as well as city directories for major cities of the time.
  • Tucson FHC catalog Several thousand donated books, film and fiche as well as webinars are part of our holdings.This User guide explains how to search it.  New acquisitions and "staff favorites" are updated quarterly.
  • 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.  Websites available are:
    • 19th Century British Newspapers 
    • Alexander Street Press  (Civil War)
    • Ancestry.com
    • Access Newspaper Archive
    • Swedish church records
    • Find My Past (UK)
    • Fold 3 (specializing in military records)
    • The Genealogist (UK)
    • Godfrey Memorial Library
    • Heritage Quest
    • Paper Trail
    • World Vital Records
Periodicals and magazines
  • Internet Genealogy
  • NGS quarterly
  • American Ancestors (NEHGS online magazine)

We also have deluxe versions of the following genealogy mangement software for you to "test drive."

  • Ancestral Quest
  • Family Insight
  • Legacy
  • Roots Magic (software programs that interact with newFamilySearch.)

Additional computer resources include:

  • Centennia
  • Archives.com
  • Genealogy Bank
  • American Ancestors (New England Genealogical Society)
  • Family Tree Maker disks ( some--check catalog)
  • Some Pedigree Resource File disks
  • Spanish version of PAF (PAF 4)

Hardware and Equipment

  • 10 patron use computers
  • microfilm/fiche digital copier
  • flatbed scanner

Center Services

Staff Research Specialties 

  • British Isles: Saturday 10-2
  • German: Wednesday 10-2
  • Southern States: Tuesday 10-2
  • US: Thursday 6-9 pm


  • LegacyFamily Tree  User Group- 2nd Saturday of the month 10:30 am  Topic schedule
  • Family Tree Maker - Wednesdays 10- 2 pm. November-April. One on one help.  Please call to schedule an appointment with Charles Hofmann.

Volunteer at the Center

Community volunteers with an interest in family history, and a desire to serve others, who are willing to commit to a weekly shift for at least one-two years are invited to join our staff.  Training will be provided.  Contact the Director for further information.