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Center Contacts and Hours 

Location Map:


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


  • 1-559-291-2448


Center Director

Open Hours:

  • Tuesday 10:00am-3:00pm and 6:30pm-9:00pm
  • Wednesday 10:00am-3:00pm and 6:30pm-9:00pm
  • Thursday 10:00am-3:00pm and 6:30pm-9:00pm

Holiday Schedule:

  • Closed November 24-27, 2015
  • December 15th through January 2nd, 2015

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Calendar and Events

Coming: Fresno East Stake Family Discovery Day- March 26, 2016, More details to follow:

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Online Class Schedule

New On Line Family History Consultant Training:

This course consists of six different on line modules to be completed by the new consultant. The course menu includes:

  1. Understand Your Purpose: Find, Take, Teach (15 minutes in duration)
  2. Start your Family Tree (15 minutes in Duration)
  3. Grow Your family Tree (15 minutes in Duration)
  4. Find Your Cousins (15 minutes in duration)
  5. Turn the Hearts (15 minutes in duration)
  6. Teach others (30 minutes in duration) . All newly called Ward family history consultants should complete this on line training


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Staff Training Meetings:

October 25, 2015 - Family History Consultant Training, 7 p.m. at the FHC library, 1880 Gettysburg, Clovis, CA

No meeting in November or December 2015.

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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

  • Our Family History Center has 18 separate computer stations; one microfilm copier; two microfilm readers; one microfiche reader, and a copy/scanning machine.

Thanks to the efforts of Dennis McCauley and Bill Holden, we have one of the best family history centers set up in the Fresno Region. The Stake has recently increased the size of our internet bandwidth so our computers are able to connect much quicker to family history websites that in the past.

Due to the large number of individual computer stations, our Center offers an excellent facility to bring groups of ten to fifteen individuals at a time for family history training. We would request that if your Priesthood Quorum, or mutual class, or other organization bring in a group for training purposes, that you call Brother Steve Mecham, the Family History Center Director at 559-291-7363, so that we can schedule adequate staff to assist patrons on a one to one basis.

For youth groups, we request that the youth have their LDS accounts set up before coming to the Library so that time may be more fully devoted to helping them find names to take to the temple rather than setting up their accounts.

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Center Services

Staff Research Specialties

Conrad and Karen Bitters~Stake Index Leaders~559-291-4847

Steve Mecham Family History Center Director~works Wednesday nights at FHL; phone 559-291-7363

Elder David Grenier- FamilySearch Support Missionary, works Thursday night at FHL; phone 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 559-298-8345 Bill and Patty Vaughn- Fresno East Stake Family History Consultant Trainers- 559-298-8345

Jana Last~Family History Blogger specialist~291-6375

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

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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 appointment

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

Phone: 559-229-8287 Email: 

American Historical Society of Germans From Russia

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


Mon-Thurs 10am to 7 pm

Friday, Sat 10am to 5 pm

Sun 12 noon to 5pm


  • California vital record indexes, censuses Great Registers
  • City Directories and Telephone Books for Fresno More
  • Obituary 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:  Link

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: 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 website, 

Our website: Link

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

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


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• My blog acts as cousin bait, which means that if a relative of mine searches for one of our common ancestors on the internet, they may find my blog and contact me. I've had this happen several times. I recently had a previously unknown cousin who lives in Brazil contact me. He shared a photo of my great-grandfather with me that I’d never seen before. Blogs have a global reach. They can be read by people all over the world, which is amazing.

• Writing about my ancestors helps me to better analyze the research I have about them.

• Writing about my ancestors helps me to get to know them better. It's fascinating to learn about them. It also helps me to appreciate them and what they experienced during their lives.

• My immediate and extended family members near and far can learn about their ancestors by reading my blog. And hopefully my future descendants will read my blog and enjoy learning about their ancestors too.

• Even if distant cousins don't contact me when and if they find my blog, the information, stories, and photos I share may be helpful and interesting to them. They may see a photo of an ancestor that they'd never seen before. I know how exciting that can be.

• Each person in my family tree deserves to be remembered. And writing about them in a genealogy blog is a great way to remember them.

• I've made lots of genealogy blogging friends online. These friends are from all over the world. There's an active online genealogy blogging community and its members are very kind and helpful.

• Blogging about ancestors is fun!

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U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)

A little known program of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) provides genealogy information that may be difficult or impossible to obtain elsewhere. The records include naturalization files, visa applications, and citizenship tests, and may reveal family secrets and mysteries. In addition to relatives, historians or researchers can also request files.

Under the USCIS Genealogy Progam, which started in 2008, requests are usually completed within 30 days. The government will run a search of the name, as long as the person is deceased. If there are records available, the government charges additional fees for the files. The fee for a record copy from microfilm identified as (M) is $20 per request. The fee for a copy of a hard copy file identified as (HC) is $35 per request. More information about the fees associated with each file series may be found at USCIS Government History Genealogy Records.

The documents typically include immigration information, often (but not always) including exact hometowns in their ancestors native countries. The files often have information on brothers, sisters, aunts, and uncles. Many times it is useful to obtain the records of your uncles, aunts, and cousins who also immigrated from "the old country."

If the immigrant applied for American citizenship, the details are also included in these files. For anyone of Japanese, German, or Italian origin who lived in the United States during World War II, the documents often include FBI reports about the person's activities, including friends, family, and political activities.

For more information about the program, check out USCIS Government Genealogy.

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Volunteers at the Center

 Wards and Stake Family History Consultants


Family History Consultant

Bill Holden-

Indexing Specialist:

Marilyn Averall


Family History Consultants:
Susan Brown 559-476-9362
Mary Luke 559-240-7706

Diane Humann, 559-298-0421

Indexing Specialist:
Niki Robinson- indexing director, 562-212-8148
Wendy Freeman- 559-892-7890
Susan Rozier 559-408-6161


Family History Consultants:
Kathy Nankervis-; 559-230-9740
Kristie Malan-;559-322-1640
Brittany Ryan; 559-472-8623
Ron and Darlene Neault; 559-297-1036
David Brown, 559-475-2420
Indexing Director: David Grenier, 559-297-1345


Family History Consultant:
Doug Salin 559-314-5430
Indexing Directors: Theron and Ingrid Toler;;559-294-7682


Family History Consultants:

Lisa Gifford (559) 252-4866
Katie Haroldson
Bonnie Harris;; (559)960-9061
Andrew Henry- Youth Family history consultant 559-449-3486
Tamera Lainez 559-400-5718
Bounthay Linthalath, 559-652-6138
Michael Ohler,559-273-7341
Joseph Wirth; 559-455-9267
Porter ounsevath- Youth family history consultant
Teela Hamilton (559)840-8809
Indexing Director: Rachell Hardy;559-281-7947
Auturo and Virginia Cuevas- Ward indexers; 559-326-9004


Family History Consultants:

Jana Last-;559-260-2592

Dennis McCauley- 559-294-1029; 559-294-1029

Davud Viau-; 559-454-0684
Melanie Keasler- 559-251-4405

JoNell Dustin 559-312-7146


David Viau Indexing director-; 559-454-0684

Dwayne Jakel –; 559-967-9340

Paul Fletcher- 559-252-9465

Olivia Gonzalez-559-709-7790


Family History ward consultants:
Kimberly Price –; 559-761-1224
Jack Runyan 818-632-1040
Kimberly Calaway; 559-323-8585
Indexing director: Dane Jensen 559-940-9621
Britneylee Jensen;559-940-9619
Bill Vaughn Stake family history assistant director and trainer; 559-298-8345
Patty Vaughn Stake family history assistant director and Trainer; 559-298-8345
==== Family History Consultants:Directors:
Ken and Sherry Reed kendreed@gmail.comSandra Gorman 559-978-9170
Fred Heizman 559-394-7654
'Linda Lowney 760-265-4979
Norma Chavez 559-320-6431;


Family History Consultants:
David Hatch ; 559-313-9148
Susan Koch 559-593-9827
Mary Moore-; 559-779-0546
Youth Consultants:
Jeremy Huey 559-301-4612
Nathan Tanner 291-0304
McKenzie Shepard 559-477-7220
Indexing director: Claudia Call 559-0692

Family History Consultants:Carmen Zarco 559-618-2568

Arcela Aguilar 559-251-3167


Carolee Hansen, / 559-301-5585

Jan Gerdts, / 559-875-3409


Stake Family History Center Assistant Director Louise Marie Baird
559 454-8657
Stake Family History Center Assistant Director William Arthur Baird
559 454-8657
Stake Family History Center Assistant Director Linda Jaeckel

Stake Family History Center Assistant Director Sig Jaeckel

Stake Family History Center Assistant Director Karen Mecham

Stake Family History Center Assistant Director Sherry Reed

Stake Family History Center Assistant Director Don Shroyer

Stake Family History Center Assistant Director Nancy Shroyer

Stake Family History Center Assistant Director Bill Vaughn

Stake Family History Center Assistant Director Patty Vaughn

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