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.

We serve the Family History needs of all who visit. The Center is served by North County Transit District bus route 318. Access off of Oak St through parking area.

Center Contacts and Hours

Location and Map:


  • 1310 Foothill Drive Vista, CA 92084-4048 United States
  • The Center is accessed from the parking lot at the South-East corner. DO NOT use building front doors as no one will know you are there.
  • The parking lot entrance is off Oak St. across from the Foothill Oak Elementary School.
  • Language:English primary; Spanish a little, German on Thursday afternoon.


  • 1-760-945-6053



Open Hours:

  • Tuesday:11:00am-8:00pm
  • Wednesday:11:00am-5:00pm
  • Thursday:11:00am-8:00pm
  • 4th Thursday: class start 7:00pm
  • Friday:11:00am-2:00pm
  • Saturday:9:00am-3:00pm

'Holiday Schedule:

Memorial Weekend: 

Independence Day:
Summer Break: (open by appointment)
Labor Day:
General Conference:
– “Fraud” Protection Event
Stake Day:
Thanksgiving Week:
– carpet cleaning
Christmas and New Year: 
(open by appointment)'

Calendar and Events

Upcoming Events

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

Saturday MAY 21 from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. - Day of Discovery - Family History Center Community Open House

- Come visit for any or all of the time. Bring a friend. A variety  of classes  will be held: Story Trek, writing life stories and journaling; Getting Started, just the basics; DNA, what it can and cannot tell you; and one-on-one individual help.

Class Schedule

Advancing your research skills . . .

Classes are on the 4th Thursday at 7:00 p.m.

Feb 25 - "Family History Overview" Learn where to gain expert training in research methods. And, start to build your own genealogy toolbox. ___ Instructor: David Paskett

A Guided Tour to Internet Genealogy Sages
      Your ancestor's story is your story and both are an experiance in continuous learning. Many very knowledgable people are willing to share their understanding of research process and cultures on the internet. The problem is in discovering where that information is located. 
     There are skills you can use which will improve your likelyhood of finding those that can aid you in your particular research situation. This class is a guided experiance in locating expert training in telling your family story. And, begining to build your own genealogy toolbox.

Mar 24 – Family Search 101- will deal with the basics of using,  including registering for an account; however, if possible, register prior to attending the class. This class will cover the Family Tree (a global pedigree chart) and Memories (photos, stories and documents). ___ Instructor: Anne Renshaw

Apr 28 –  Family Search 102 - will cover researching and finding help to aid in your quest on  The class will cover how to get more out of the website than just using the search engine and how to use the Family History Library Catalog.  Other subjects to be covered are the Wiki, books, puzzilla and other partner websites. ___ Instructor: Anne Renshaw

May - Come to the Open House

June 23 – Use the Portal and Partner sites

This class will expose you to the wide range of materials that are available for your research into the lives of those who created the opportunity for you to exist. The Family History Center Services Portal - contains Genealogical Resources, Classes & Workshops, and One-on-One Assistance. Within the Genealogical Resources you gain the use of a number of Premium Family History Websites such as, Findmypast, MyHeritage and Kinpoint. Also, the ability to search historical data from 19th Century Newspapers, The American Civil War, the Paper Trail - westward expansion into Oregon and California. Partner sites are other organizations with whom FamilySearch has created mutual assistance contracts to share resources. So, this is another means to gain access to more records online. So, whether you're a Family Historian or Historian in general these are resources to know the past.

July 28 – DNA what it can and cannot tell you

You can learn a lot about your ancestry from a DNA test! With the cost of DNA tests dropping, DNA tests are within almost anyone’s reach.  Learn what the different tests are, who offers what tests, what each DNA test tells you about your ancestors, how DNA tests can help you solve genealogical puzzles and what questions DNA tests can’t answer.

Aug 25 – Nations Count People, use the census for genealogy     You can learn a lot about yourself and most recent ancestry from a National Census. Governments collect data for various purposes and you can use this information to learn about your family. Join us to discover what your family said about themselves when they were interviewed.

Sept 22 – Is the Monarquía Hispánica in your past? The Spanish Empire (Spanish: Imperio español) was one of the largest empires in the world and became one of the first global empires in world history. It reached the peak of its greatest territorial extent in the 18th century, If, some of your ancestry was part of that empire then, join us in learning to unravel your history.

Oct 27 - “Build a Family History Gift” for Christmas

You have spent all year learning how TO DO now is the time to SHARE with your family. This class will give you two months to use your results and put together something special for you and your family. Help them to understand where they came from as they understand the lives of their ancestors.



Staff Training Meetings
            First Monday of the month 9:00 am (exception made for Labor Day)

Center Resources


  • FamilySearch Catalog: This center has the ability to order any of the films and fiche available through the FamilySearch 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, Flatbed scanner for documents and photos

Center Services

Staff Research Specialties

Resources in the Local Area

The Carlsbad "Cole Library" with the North County Genealogical Society is another useful resource in this area. 


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