Vista California Family History Center
|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:
- 1310 Foothill Drive
- Vista, California
- 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.
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Phone: 760 945-6053
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
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
28 February | 7:00 to 8:30 PM, Genealogical Books On-line --
In this class we will look at how to determine if there are digital books available for your family. Has a published family history been written which has been made available to you? Did your family migrate with a diariest and is that record available for you to see? Was there something of sufficient note about your family that it got published in the National Geographic Magazine? It may surprize you to find just what is becoming available to you as the Internet expands.
Please, join us as we learn to search out our ancestors.
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.
Class Schedule | 2013
How do I get started?
Saturday, 23 March 1:00 to 4:00 P - Three hours to start your family history research
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
- 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.
Advancing your research skills . . .
28 March | 7:00 to 8:30 PM, Using Historical Newspapers
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 History Center Class
24 October | 7:00 to 8:30 PM, Family History Center Class
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
March 04 and 07
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
- Family History Library Catalog: This center has the ability to order any of the films and fiche available through the Family History Library Catalog.
- 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
Staff Research Specialties
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