Vacaville 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.


The Vacaville California Family History Center located in Browns Valley on 480 Wrentham Drive, serves all of Vacaville and surrounding areas.  We have about 15 volunteers trained to help many patrons who visit the Center each year.  The Center is dedicated to providing assistance for the family history community in the Solano County area.

Center Contacts and Hours

Location 

  • Address:  480 Wrentham Drive, Vacaville, CA  95688
  • Entrance:  South side of building near the west corner.  Door reads: "Family History Center"

Map

Telephone

  • (707) 451-8394

Open Hours:

  • Tuesday 10am-9pm       
  • Wednesday 10am-3pm, 6pm-9pm     
  • Closed day before Thanksgiving 
  • Closed weeks containing Christmas Day and New Year's Day

Director

  • Peggy Atherly

Staff

  • Anita Crist
  • Arleen Ellis
  • Berkeley Brimhall
  • Betty Hendrix
  • Christine Larsen
  • Jeannette O'Halloran
  • Jerilyn Selfaison
  • Jim & Susan Sprouse
  • Joanne Monson
  • John & Janet Walters
  • Lynn Aplanap
  • Nona Babcock

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.
  • (List additional collections you have such as the types of books and microfilm you have on indefinite loan; though you will not want to list every single item you have. Just give visitors to this page a general idea of your resources.)

Databases and Software

  1. 19th Century British Library Newspaper Digital Archive
  2. Access Newspaper Archive
  3. Alexander Stret Press - The American Civil War
  4. Ancestry.com
  5. Find My Past
  6. Fold3.com (Prev. known as Footnote.com)
  7. The Genealogist
  8. Godfrey Memorial Library
  9. Heritage Quest Online
  10. Historical Map Works Library Edition
  11. Paper Trail
  12. World Vital Records
  • Family Insight
  • PAF

Hardware and Equipment

  • 5 networked computer workstations with printer access
  • 4 microfilm readers
  • 1 microfiche reader
  • 1 microfiche/film scanner
  • 1 flatbed scanner

Local Resources

Cemeteries

  • Vacaville Elmira Cemetery: 522 Elmira Rd, Vacaville, CA 95687
  • Suisun-fairfield Cemetery Dist: 1707 Union Ave, Fairfield, CA 94533
  • Silveyville Cemetery District: 7661 Rio Dixon Rd, Dixon, CA 95620
  • Rockville Cemetery: 4219 Suisun Valley Rd, Suisun City, CA 94585
  • All Souls-st Vincents Cemetery: 550 Glen Cove Pkwy, Vallejo, CA 94591

Libraries

Government

Census Records

Newspapers

  • CA Digital Newspapers (1846-2011)
  • CA Historical Newspapers (1849-2007)
  • CA GenWeb Newspaper Information
  • Benicia Herald: 707-745-0733
  • Dixon Newspaper: 707 678-8917
  • Dixon Review: 916 678-7500
  • Dixon Tribune: 707 678-5594
  • Dixon Independent Voice: www.IndependentVoice.com
  • Fairfield: www.DailyRepublic.com
  • Travis Air Force Base: Tailwind: www.travis.af.mil/news
  • Vacaville: www.thereporter.com
  • Vallejo: Times Herald: www.TimesHeraldOnLine.com

CAGenWeb

Societies

Genealogy Society of Vallejo-Benicia:
734 Marin Street
Vallejo, CA 94590

Solano County Genealogical Society:
610 E Main St
Vacaville, CA 95688
Phone: 707-446-6869

Solano County Historical Society:
610 East Main Street
Hours of Operation: Thursday 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. or by appointment

Heritage Council

Their collection includes over 6,000 photographs of Solano County, its people, and other areas dating as far back as the 1850's.

Vacaville Heritage Council   

Master Index to Main Collection                                          

Old Town Hall
610 East Main Street
Vacaville, CA 95688                                                                                                                        Phone:  707-447-0518

Historical Museums

Rio Vista Museum
16 N. Front Street
Rio Vista, California 94571
Phone: 707-374-5169
Email: riovistamuseum@yahoo.com

Other

Solano County History


National Resources

National Archives
Established in 1934 by President Franklin Roosevelt, the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) is the nation's record keeper

National Genealogical Society
The National Genealogical Society was organized in Washington, DC, in 1903.

UsGenWeb Project
Established in 1996, the website is organized by county and state, and provides you with links to all the state websites which, in turn, provide gateways to the counties.

Land Patent Search
Provides live access to Federal land conveyance records for the Public Land States, including image access to more than five million Federal land title records issued between 1820 and the present. They also have images related to survey plats and field notes, dating back to 1810.

Land and Record Reference
Provides research tools to locate historic land parcels.