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:
8 April -- Stake Day:



Memorial Weekend: 

Independence Day: CLOSED July 1-5
Summer Break: August
1 to 22 – CLOSED (open by appointment)
Labor Day:
General Conference:
– “Fraud” Protection Event

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

Coming in June on a Saturday. - 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 23 -  – 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.

Tue 14 March 7:00 p AND Sat 18 Mar 3:00 p -- We're trying something new!

Would you like a DNA reprise? At the above times we'll use recorded RootsTech presentation as the basis for discusssion. That is, we will watch the presentation and then see how well we can do in leading a discussion. You might wish to do a prior review at home by going to RootsTech dot org and look at the index of the presentations done on Thursday. There are two dealing with DNA that you would likely enjoy learning from.

Mar 23 – 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 27 –  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 25 -- TBD

June 3  -- Come to the Open House

June 22 -- TBDJuly 27 -- TBD

Aug 24 -- TBD

Sept 28 -- TBD

Oct 26 -- “GIFTING TREES”--“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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