Valencia 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.

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Center Contacts and Hours

Location & Map:

Address: 24443 McBean Parkway, Valencia, California

Phone: 661-259-1347

Open Hours:
Monday: 9am - 5pm
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday: 9am - 5pm & 6pm - 9pm
Saturday: 9am - 1pm

Holiday Schedule: Closed on the following days:

  • Memorial Day weekend
  • July 4th
  • Second & third weeks of August
  • Labor Day weekend
  • Thanksgiving weekend
  • Last two weeks of December
  • Other sporadic closings through the year

Calendar and Events

Upcoming Events:

Saturday, January 28, 2012 • 24443 McBean Parkway • Valencia, California
Registration: 8:00-8:30 a.m. • Welcome and Introductions: 8:30-8:50 a.m.
Schedule of Classes and Room Locations:

Session 1: 9:00 -9:50 a.m
A: How to Start or Restart Family History
     by SusAnn Clift
B: To Pay or Not to Pay: Free Access to Commercial Sites at Family History Center Portals.                          by Bonnie Petrovich
C: Preventing and Overcoming Brick Walls
      by Luana Gilstrap
D: How to Find Anyone on the Internet
      by Kevin Large
E: Getting Youth Involved in Family History by Kim Spendlove & Dave Huffaker

Session 2: 10:00 - 10:50 a.m.
A: Beginning Basic Research: How to Think Like a Database
     by SusAnn Clift
B: FamilySearch Catalog: What’s New for 2012
     by Bonnie Petrovich
C: Obituary & Newspaper Searching
      by Luana Gilstrap
D: Facebook for Families*
     by Cherie Starke
E: High Priests & Family History
     by Dave Huffaker

Session 3: 11:00 -11:50 a.m.
A: Where Did You Find That: Adding Sources
     by Richard McBride
B: Record Search, by Kim Spendlove
C: Getting More out of*
      by Kimberly Finley
D: Digital Scrapbooking
      by Janet Thompson & Linda Metcalf
E: Family History Resources for Mac Users*
     by Kent Gardiner

Lunch: 12:00 - 12:50 p.m.
Delicious box lunches will be available for $5.50, on the day of the Fair. Many fast food restaurants are located nearby.

Session 4: 1:00 - 1:50 p.m.
A: From Paper to Computer: Building an Electronic Family Tree
     by Kimberly Finley
B: Cleaning up Mistakes & Duplicates
     by Kim Spendlove
C: U.S. Church Records
      by Luana Gilstrap
D: Heirloom to Décor: Displaying and Preserving Your Family Treasures
     by Amanda Niederhauser
E: Family History Consultant Training
     by Tom & Linda Tippets

Session 5: 2:00 - 2:50 p.m.
A: Census Records Research
     by Kimberly Finley
B: Using Family Insight to Synch with New FamilySearch
     by Bonnie Petrovich
C: Wiki, Forums, and Online Classes
     by Tom Tippets
D: Digital Images: Scanning, Modifying, Organizing & More*
     by Kent Gardiner
E: FamilySearch Indexing: Getting Started and Beyond
     by Linda Tippets

Family History Center Class Schedule for 2012

Classes are free to the general public. 

All dates shown are Thursday - Instruction from 7:00pm to 8:00 pm

January 5th - Getting Started on Your Family History

January 19th - Scanning and Keeping Track of 1,000's of Pictures

February 2nd - New Family Search

February 16th - Use Your PC to Publish a Book on a Family Member

March 1st - Using Photoshop in Family History Work

March 15th - Submitting Names for Temple Work

April 5th - How to Find People on the Internet

April 19th - Subscriptions websites for free at the Family History Center

May 3rd - Newspaper Resources for Family History

June 7th - Navigate the LDS Church's website

June 21st - Using food to Teach Family History

July 5th - Fnding Mormon Pioneer Stories

August 2nd - Using Effectively

August 16th - Digital Scrapbooking

September 6th - Making a Family History Card Game

September 20th - Finding and Using Census Information

October 4th - Scottish Research

October 18th - Video Record Interviewing a Family Member

November 1st - Making a Family History Blog

November 15th - Civil War Research

December 6th - Make Your Own Familly History Website

December 20th - Indexing

Staff Training Meetings

Center Resources


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Databases and Software

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