Vacaville California Family History Center

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Vacaville California Family History Center

Vacaville California Family History Center

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. The facility is sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Everyone is welcome!

Center Contacts and Hours


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



  • Center Phone Number (Open Hours Only):  (707) 451-8394
  • Director, Peggy Atherly:  (707) 447-4686
  • Email:

Open Hours:

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


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

Regional Family History Centers


  • Vacaville Family History Center
  • Staff training is the 1st Thursday of each month at 6:30 p.m.  Patrons welcome!
  • Sacramento Regional Family History Center
  1. Annual Family History Seminar:  Don’t miss the Family History Seminar at the Sacramento Family History Center on Saturday, November 5, 2011 from 8:30 AM to 3:45 PM. Seminar classes will include English Research, Scandinavian Research, Eastern European Research, and German Research. Additional topics will cover the National Archives, Coroner’s Records, City Directories and much more. View the registration form and the full class schedule.
  2. Afternoon Public Classes
  3. Evening Public Classes
  • Oakland Regional Family History Center
  • Research Series Classes Online at  Go to and select the “Learn” option or click here to go directly to the Learning Center
  • FamilySearch offers a variety of free online classes to help you search and compile your family tree. Whether you are just beginning your family history research or are an experienced genealogist, you can learn something new. These classes are taught by genealogy research consultants at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah, as well as experts from around the world. Most classes include a PDF handout that you can down to read and print.
  • You can view the list of classes or search for classes on a specific topic. Classes are categorized by Places, Subjects, Skill Levels, and Subject Languages.

FamilySearch’s Microfilm Ordering Service

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Center Resources


  • Family History Library Catalog: You may now submit your orders for Catalog films and fiche online using a debit, credit, or prepaid Visa or MasterCard or by using a PayPal account.
  • Large U.S. and Canada Microfiche Collection
  • Large U.S. Microfiche Collection of Cemetery Records and Vital Records
  • CA Death Index 1905-1994
  • Large collection of Family Tree Maker's, Family Archives CD's:  Marriage & Vital Records, County Histories & Genealogies
  • DAR Patriot Index
  • U.S. Military Records by James c. Neagles
  • Cemeteries of the U.S. by Gale Research, Inc. (A Guide to Contact Information for U.S. Cemeteries and their records.)
  • Florida Death Index 1877-1925, 1960-62, 1965-69
  • Kentucky Genealogical Records & Abstracts Collection by Sherida K. Eddlemon
  • Missouri Genealogical Gleanings Collection by Sherida K. Eddlemon
  • Redbook by Ancestry
  • The Handbook by Everton Publishers
  • Land and Property Research by Ancestry

Databases and Software 

  1. 19th Century British Library Newspaper Digital Archive
  2. Access Newspaper Archive
  3. Alexander Street Press - The American Civil War
  5. Find My Past
  6. (Prev. known as
  7. The Genealogist
  8. Godfrey Memorial Library
  9. Heritage Quest Online
  10. Historical Map Works Library Edition
  11. Paper Trail
  12. World Vital Records
  • Word Processing (Microsoft Works and Open Office)

Multimedia Center

Scan photos and transfer them to a flash drive or to a DVD.  You can also make printed copies.  Don't worry if you are not sure how to use any of the equipment, there are members of the Center staff who are trained and happy to help you!

  • networked computer workstations with printer access
  • microfilm readers - 2 with magnification lens
  • microfiche readers
  • microfiche/film scanner
  • flatbed scanner
  • printer

Local Resources


  • 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



Census Records


  • FHC Portal - Access Newspaper Archive
  • 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:
  • Fairfield:
  • Travis Air Force Base: Tailwind:
  • Vacaville:
  • Vallejo: Times Herald:



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


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.