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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

  • William Holden (559) 292-1658

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 December 16th through January 1st:

Calendar and Events

Inexing news:

As mentioned in an earlier post we have arranged to meet in each building in our stake one Wednesday a month for indexing and arbitration help. We have scheduled the Fowler and Sierra Building for Tuesday, January 27th from 7-8 pm in the Relief Society classroom. We look forward to meeting with all who can come.

here is our schedule for February-

Our visits to our buildings for extra Indexing and Arbitrating help continues. We were able to meet and help several indexers. We are so grateful for all you doing!

We will again be visiting each building to offer our assistance with Indexing or Arbitration questions. Our schedule of visits are outlined below. Again thank you for all you do!

February 4th 2015 Wednesday 7-8 pm Sanger Building

February 11th 2015 Wednesday 7-8 pm Butler Building

February 18th 2015 Wednesday 6:30-8 pm Gettysburg Building

February 24th 2015 Tuesday 7-8 pm Fowler Building

Brother and Sister Roach

Read "Why Indexing Matters" in the Oct. 2014 of the New Era~New-Era Why-indexing-matters?

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

Month Day Week Day Time Ward Assignment

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

Feb 07 Saturday 6:30 a.m. Kings Canyon Ward

Feb 07 Saturday 9:00 a.m. Sierra Vista Ward

Feb 28 Saturday 9:00 a.m. Dakota Ward

Feb 28 Saturday 11:30 a.m. McKinley Ward

Mar 07 Saturday 6:30 a.m. Redbank 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.”

See Temple Challenge


Brother Farley from the Fresno Temple contacted the Stake with additional dates in 2015 for each Ward for Baptismal Sessions at the Temple. These sessions are open to the Priesthood Quorums to organize as they see fit:

Month Day Week Day Time Ward Assignment

Feb 14 Saturday 11:30 a.m. Cedarwood Ward

Feb 20 Friday 6:30 p.m. Clovis Ward

Mar 03 Tuesday 6:30 p.m. Dakota Ward

Mar 14 Saturday 11:30 a.m. Kings Canyon Ward

Mar 27 Friday 6:30 p.m. McKinley Ward

Apr 24 Friday 6:30 p.m. Redbank Ward

May 09 Saturday 9:00 a.m. Sanger Ward

May 16 Saturday 11:30 a.m. Sierra Vista Ward

June Tuesday 6:30 p.m. Ventura Ward


The Temple now has "open" baptism sessions (no appointment necessary) as follows:

1st and 2nd Friday nights of each month (6:30-8:30 p.m.) for Youth, new members and families.

Every Thursday night (6:30 -8:30 p.m.) for Young Single Adults, new members and families.

Families may also schedule baptismal sessions on Saturdays by appointment.

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


Register for Federation of Genealogical Societies Convention 2015, Febuary 11-14, 2015 at Salt Lake City,

Federation of Genealogical Societies Conference 2015

March 29, 2018, Sunday~Fifth Sunday Lesson entitled "Family History Stories", a 35 minute lesson, intended for a combined Priesthood-Relief Society-Youth Class is scheduled to be taught in all the Wards throughout the Stake by the High Priest Group Leader of each ward. see website: Callings Temple-and-Family-History

Class Schedule

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

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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

  • Our Family History Center has 18 separate computer stations; one microfilm copier; two microfilm readers; one microfische 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 Bill Holden,  the family HIstory director  at 559-292- 1658 so that we can schedule adequate staff to assist patrons on a one to one basis.

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 559-292-1658

Dave Grenier- Family Search 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

Jana Last~Family History Blogger specialist~291-6375

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; Fresno Heritage


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: Fresno Library Heritage

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 website, Facebook page or email: to get on the mailing list.

Our website: Rootsweb Ancestry

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:


On Tuesday, Dec. 23rd, Family Search released a new update of the hinting data view able on an ancestor's detail page and in the descendancy view in the Family Tree. In this data update, newly added or changed persons in the Family Tree have been hinted using all the newly available information. It also includes important new record sets, such as the Find-A-Grave collection, that have been recently published.

Additionally, engineers and architects have made numerous advancements in the software algorithms which makes it possible for more than 14 million new hints to be identified. Users of the Family Tree may wish to visit their ancestor pages again and see if any new hints are displayed.

We are excited as our users are about the accuracy and efficiency that these new tools provide., both the task of doing research, as well as the quality of the information found in Family Tree. In the days since this data release, users have set new daily highs in the number of sources they have attached to the Family Tree and the number of new persons added to the tree from historical records. With the vast number of daily additions to the Family Tree tied to historical documents, the Family Tree is becoming one of the largest and most accurate genealogical trees in the world. These new tools enable many new people to become engaged in Family History Work. We invite all who have used the new tools and hints to share their skills and love of this work with other friends and family members so that we can help accelerate this great work.

PERSONAL EXPERIENCE WITH FAMILY TREE HINTS: I have been searching for years the names of other siblings of my great great grandfather, Samuel Mecham. I knew from the 1820, 1830, and 1840 census records of McKean Township, Erie County, Pennsylvania that his father Elam Mecham and his second wife Sarah had at least three daughters and two sons in this second family for Elam, including my ancestor, Samuel Mecham, but I had been unable to locate any records of these other siblings. In June of 2014, I went to the family tree page of Elam Mecham Sr. and there was a hint for me to check the 1855 New York State Census of Charlotte Township, Chautauquia County, New York. It had never occurred to me to check the census records of this county, though it was a neighboring county of Erie, Pennsylvania, just across the New York state line. I had never come across any links in directing me to check this particular census record [primarily because Ancestry had not yet uploaded this particular collection in their vast census collections.] To my great joy, I found as I openned up this particular record, I found the names of Elam Mecham Sr. and his second wife Sarah, residing in the home of Joseph and Betsy Gillett. This particular census record stated that Elam and Sarah Mecham were the inlaws of Joseph Gillet. Upon subsequent review of records in this region, I found the marriage record of Joseph Gillet to Betsy Mecham.

Subsequent research in other historical documents has led to the discovery of another daughter, Mehitabel Mecham Horton, residing in the Charlotte Township regions. I have since submitted the names of these two newly found families for temple work. Had it not been for the family tree hint that I came across on the family tree page of Elam Mecham Sr., I would have not been led to this important census record, which yielded so much more important information on the identity of these two missing sisters to my great great grandfather, Samuel Mecham. ~Submitted by Steve Mecham, Jan. 17, 2015


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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.

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