Vista 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.

Sponsored by the Vista California Stake we serve the Family History needs of all who visit. The Center is served by North County Transit District bus route 318.

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Center Contacts and Hours

Location & Map:

  1. 1310 Foothill Drive
  2. Vista, California
  3. The Center is accessed from the parking lot at the South-East corner. The parking lot enterance is off Oak St. across from the Foothill Oak Elementary School.
  4. (Link to map using Google or other map sites)

Phone: 760 945-6053


Open Hours:

Tuesday and Wednesday 9:00 A to 8:30 P

Thursday 9:00 A to 6:00 P

Friday and Saturday 9:00 A to 12:00 N

Holiday Schedule:

General Conference: closed 06 April

Memorial Day: closed 25 May

Independence Day: closed 29 June | open 09 July

Summer Break: closed 27 July | open 13 August

Labor Day: closed 31 August

General Conference: closed 05 October

Thanksgiving: closed 26 November | open 03 December

Christmas: closed 21 December | open 08 January 2014

Calendar and Events

Upcoming Events

Do You Have - Three hours to start your family history research ?

Would you like to begin your Family History? The Family History Center will present an intensive, three-hour, beginner class on Saturday, 23 March 2013 from 1:00 to 4:00 PM. The Center is located at 1310 Foothill Drive, Vista, California.

This class is designed for the absolute beginner who would like to learn. Topics will include the basic forms needed to record your family information, the research process or cycle and generally how to organize the information you discover as you find out about your ancestors.

Calling all Family Historians – were your ancestors active in civic affairs? The Family History Center has a class “Using Historical Newspapers “ on Thursday, 28 March 2013 from 7:00 to 8:30 PM. 

Class Schedule | 2013 

     (Please be aware all of our presentations are free of charge to participants)

How do I get started?

Our Saturday "Three Hours" classes really are planned for at least a three hour block of your time. The intent is to present the materials from the three Thursday evening beginning classes in one session.

     Thursday, 30 May 7:00 to 8:30 P - Planned family history . . . Use the Research Cycle

     Saturday, 22 June 1:00 to 4:00 P - Three hours to start your family history research

     Thursday, 29 August 7:00 to 8:30 P - Organize and Control your family history information

2014 - unscheduled

Thursday - Begin your family history with four forms | Four Forms will begin your family history research. This class is for those just beginning to look for their ancestors. It will give you the basic information you need to get started.

Thursday - Planned family history . . . Use the Research Cycle

Thursday - Organize and Control your family history information

Advancing your research skills . . .

25 April | 7:00 to 8:30 PM, Finding Distant Cousins

23 May | 7:00 to 8:30 PM, Have You Lost Your Census

02 August | 7:00 to 8:30 PM, National Archives Records Administration (NARA)

26 September | 7:00 to 8:30 PM, Family Tree - Use the Source Box

24 October | 7:00 to 8:30 PM, Family Tree - Photos anyone?

2014 - ReDo?

Using "FamilyTree" an approach to organizing and recording your genealogy on-line. Our class will deal with accessing the information available and using the program to work with other family members to work on common lines.

Staff Training Meetings

            First Monday of the month 9:00 A and the following Thursday 7:00 P

April 01 and 04

May 06 and 09

June 03 and 06

September 05 and 09

October 07 and 10

November 04 and 07

December 02 and 05

Center Resources


Book Room:  with a large selection of collected works and "how to" resources.

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

  • Microfilm and microfiche readers, Microfilm / microfiche printers, A number of internet linked computers

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