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

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

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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