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Center Contacts and Hours

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  • 1880 Gettysburg Ave Clovis CA 93611 United States
  • Language:English


  • 1-559-291-2448



Center Director

  • William Holden (559) 292-1658

Open Hours:

  • Tuesday10:00am-3:00pm and 6:30pm-9:00pm
  • Wednesday10:00am-3:00pm and 6:30pm-9:00pm
  • Thursday10:00am-3:00pm and 6:30pm-9:00pm

Holiday Schedule:

Closed December 16th through January 1st:

Calendar and Events

Upcoming Events:

Stake Indexing Leadership Meeting~Dec. 18, 2014 has been canceled due to a delay in the release of the new beta indexing website. See notice from Family Search below:

Over the last year FamilySearch has been working hard to develop a new indexing program. In August, we invited several hundred individuals from around the world to participate in the beta (test) version of the browser-based indexing program. This included a series of challenges and surveys to gather feedback and reports of any technical difficulties users experienced.

As we reviewed the feedback and prioritized the suggestions we received, it became clear that further improvements were needed. Based on this information, we have decided to delay the release of the new program to ensure it provides the best experience possible for you, our wonderful volunteers.

For those who participated in the beta, thank you! Your feedback has been insightful and invaluable. Your contribution will help improve the future of indexing for everyone. We know many will be disappointed with this delay, and for this we apologize. We will continue to provide updates as more information becomes available. Meanwhile, the current indexing program will continue to be available as usual until the release of the new program.

We truly appreciate your efforts to make records searchable so others can find their ancestors!

Read "Why Indexing Matters" in the Oct. 2014 of the New Era~

Fresno East Stake Youth Baptismal Trips to Fresno Temple for Jan. 2015:

Month       Day           Week Day      Time           Ward Assignment

Jan           3               Saturday        6:30 a.m.     Ventura Ward

Jan           3               Saturday        9:00 a.m.     Sanger Ward

Jan           10             Saturday        9:00 a.m.     Clovis Ward

Jan           27             Tuesday         6:30 p.m.     Cedarwood Ward


Elder Neil L. Andersen of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles invited all the youth of the Church to participate in a global temple challenge, which he issued during his devotional talk held in conjuction with the RootsTech Family History Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah on Feb. 8, 2014.

“I want to challenge each of you to set a personal goal to help prepare as many names for the temple as baptisms you perform in the temple,” the apostle said. He added, “there is something powerful in searching out someone who needs temple ordinances, learning who they are and then being part of their receiving these sacred ordinances.”

Youth from around the world have accepted the invitation and are sharing their experiences with friends and family on social media. Through using the online search term #Temple Challenge, anyone can follow the faithful young men and young women as they share their experiences. has published some examples of youth participating in family history work and taking their own names to the Temple. Here are some examples:

“The youth in the Nakano Ward in the Tokyo Japan Stake have accepted the temple challenge. With the help of parents and leaders, the youth are doing genealogical research to find their own ancesters. Once a month they attend the temple to perform proxy work ordinances for the family names found by their ward…”

“Besides finding names and taking them to the temple, the youth are teaching others to do it as well. The youth are helping members to create their own family trees and set up accounts so that they can input that information online. They also participate in an activity to visit gravesites to gather information to add to Family Tree to help connect families. Said high priest group leader Yutaka Aikawa, “Through the efforts of the youth, the ward family history activities are really booming.”

Close to 200 youth in Klein, Texas, learned about the temple challenge during a stake Roots Tech family discovery day. A group of youth played an integral part in planning the event, which included watching a video in which the challenge from Elder Neil L. Andersen was issued.

“Even though the nearest temple was closed for renovations at the time, the youth accepted the challenge and started searching for deceased ancestors for whom they could perform proxy ordinances in the temple. Youth leader Rob Ellis said, “This is the work of the Lord, and the Klein youth are excited to do their part.”


Register for RootsTech 2015 Conference~Feb. 12-14, 2014~ Salt LakeCity, Utah.

Register for Federation of Genealogical Societies Convention, Febuary 11-14, 2014 at Salt Lake City,

Class Schedule

Family Search Learning Center~ Browse through hundreds of on line genealogy courses to help you discover your family history.


U.S. Military Records: Revolutionary War~ How to use military records to research an ancestor who participated in the Revolutionary War.

Welcome to the United State Census Tutorial:

U.S. Courthouse Research, Audio Interview with Christine Rose:

Staff Training Meetings

Fresno East Family History Staff training will be held on Jan. 7, 2015 at 10 a.m. and repeated 7 p.m. Please attend one of these sessions that fits your schedule. Topics to be discussed are using Family Tree, and

Center Resources


  • FamilySearch Catalog: This center has the ability to order any of the films and fiche available through the FamilySearch Catalog.

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

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Center Services

Staff Research Specialties

Richard and Carolyn Roach~Stake Index Leaders~559-292-6255

Bill Holden~Family History Director~works Tuesday nights at FHL; phone no# 559-292-1658

Dave Grenier- Family Search Missionary, works Thursday night at FHL; phone no# 559-297-1345;  e-mail address:

Rebecca Shiner~Eastern Prussia; Great Britian Research~ 559-346-1390

Bishop Dan Winiecke~ Polish Russian Research~559-903-0605

Patrick Cummings~Leeds&Grenville Counties, Ontario; New York Research~559- 346-1259

Leon Papin- French Canadian Research~559-346-9620

Jane Moffitt~Great Britian Research~works Tues. Mornings at FHL; 559-412-4267

Bill Vaughn~Fresno East Stake FHL printing specialist- works Thursday night at FHL; phone no# 559-298-8345

Steve Research~works Wed. Evenings at FHL; 559-291-7363

Resources in the Local Area

American Historical Society of Germans From Russia:

Their purpose is purely historical by doing genealogical research of our German from Russia forefathers, as well as reuniting with living relatives, recording and preserving historical facts.

Genealogy Research Library and Museum

Library Hours: Tuesday to Friday 12:00 noon to 4:00 p.m., Closed Saturday to Monday

Tours and/or Personal Research by appoitnment

Central California Chapter, 3233 N. West Ave, Fresno, CA 93705-3402

Phone: 559-229-8287 Email:

American Historical Society of Germans

The Heritage Center ~San Joaquin Valley Heritage and Genealogical Center~Central Branch- 2420 Mariposa St., Fresno, CA. 559-600-6230;


Mon-Thurs 10am to 7 pm

Friday, Sat 10am to 5 pm

Sun 12 noon to 5pm


  • California vital record indexes, cenuses Great Registers
  • City Directories and Telephone Books for Fresno More
  • Orbituary File
  • Yearbooks from local area schools and colleges
  • online resources including ancestry library edition
  • newspapers: local and California dating back to the 1850's
  • Maps: Fresno, San Joaquin Valley and parts of California
  • Postcard and Photograph collection
  • William Saroyan Collection
  • Oral Histories

For a more complete list of Resources, go to:

Daughters of Utah Pioneers:

C.L. Fancher Camp meets in Clovis on the third Thursday at noon.

Lydia McCauley Camp meets in Fresno on the 2nd Thursday at 10:30 a.m.

Camp Sugar Pine meets in Oakhurst on the 2nd Monday at noon.

For more information, contact Sonja Kland 559-224-5236

International Society of Daughters of Utah Pioneers, 300 N. Main, Salt Lake City, UT 84103-1699

Fresno County Genealogical Society, P.O. Box 1429, Fresno, CA 93716-1429; Phone no#559-600-6230

FCGS meets on the 2nd Tuesday of the month in Feb-July, Sept and Nov. at 6:30 p.m. in the Woodward Park Library located at 944 E. Perrin (at Champlain).

Meetings feature speakers on a variety of topics of genealogical and historical interest.

Save the Date! October 17, 2015; Lisa Louise Cook, host of the Genealogy Gems podcast, author, blogger, and national speaker, Lisa has spoken for the Southern California Genealogy Society's Jamboree, RootsTech, Who Do You Think You Are? We are pleased to bring Lisa to the valley. Look for more information on our websie, Facebook page or email: to get on the mailing list.

Our website:

Want to make a donation to the Church History Library? Contact Church History Library Donations;

Acquistions hotline 1-801-240-5696. Will accept journals manuscripts, books, letters, museum items with historical value with LDS content. E-mail inquiries to


LDS Church Members~ Create your own personal accounts with " ; "find my past"; and "my heritage" for free. Family History is more than a hobby. It is an activity that that blesses both the living and the dead. Connecting generations with the blessings of the Temple serves ancestors, safeguards individuals, and strengthens families. See

Alison Shaw Knudsen had been looking for her father’s great grandmother for many years.

In fact, many people had tried for more than 40 years to find her. Her father had spent his entire adult life searching, without success. It seemed like a lost cause. Sister Knudsen felt a very strong impression to try again to find her great great grandmother. She and her husband began their search with a prayer.

They searched again through aa their family history books, looking for a clue. Finally they turned to

Latter Day Saints receive now receive free subscriptions to Family Search partner websites, such as For more information, go to “ gave us a massive list of possibilities, “ said Sister Knudsen. “For some reason, I was prompted to click on one amongst hundreds of options- and there she was! We found this great great grandmother in an English workhouse at the bottom of a census record. We also found her father and mother on this record. The Spirit was electrifying at that moment in the room. No words can describe our joy at making this connection.”

Sister Knudsen had the privilege of performing her great great grandmother’s endowment and sealing to her parents and children. “I felt her spirit finally happy. She had lived a life of poverty and abuse with her family in an English workhouse. But in the temple, I felt the generations of our family present, now all eternally connected.”

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