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The Tracy Family History Center serves all members of the Tracy community as well as surrounding areas. Use of the center is free of charge and the center is open to the public.
Center Contacts and Hours
- 1981 Chester Drive, Tracy, CA 95378-0125 (United States)
- The Family History Center is located in the hallway on the west side of the building. Parking is on three sides of the building. Access can be made through any entry door. If a door is locked during our open hours please ring the bell located at the northwest entry.
- Language: English
- 1-209-835-1816 (when the center is open)
- Tuesday: 6:30pm-9:00pm
- Wednesday: 6:30pm-9:00pm
- Thursday: 9:00am-12:00pm
- Sunday: 6:00pm-8:30pm
In 2015 the Tracy Family History Center is closed the following days:
New Year’s Day - Thursday, January 1
Easter - Sunday, April 5
Mother’s Day - Sunday, May 10
Stake General Priesthood Meeting - Sunday, May 17
Cub Scout Day Camp - Tuesday, June 16 – Thursday, June 18
Father’s Day - Sunday, June 21
Thanksgiving holiday - Tuesday, November 24 – Sunday, November 29
Christmas holiday - Sunday, December 20 – Thursday, December 31
Calendar and Events
A class on various family history research tips and techniques, interesting websites, reviews of books, and other topics is offered as part of our staff meeting and is held from 5:00pm to 6:00pm (see below). Handouts are provided to all attendees, and an electronic copy (PDF) is also emailed to all attendees. This class is open to all and there is no fee to attend or to receive handouts.
Staff Training Meetings
Staff training meetings are generally held the third Sunday of each month, except when a holiday or general church meeting falls on that day, in which case it is held the fourth Sunday. Training includes center operations followed by a class on various family history research tips and techniques, interesting websites, reviews of books, and other topics. It is held from 5:00pm to 6:00pm. Handouts are provided to those in attendance, and an electronic copy is provided by email to all family history consultants, high priests group leaders, and interested persons. All family history consultants, high priests group leaders and interested persons are invited to attend.
- 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
- We have the following equipment in the center to help you do your research: 9 computers with Internet access, 4 microfilm readers, 1 microfilm printer, a small photocopy machine, a large-screen wall-mounted TV for training purposes, and 2 printers. We also have a small collection of map books and other books on family history subjects. Note: there is a nominal fee for copies; all other services are free of charge.
Staff Research Specialties
We have a Spanish-speaking consultant on staff on Wednesday evenings, and a Swedish-speaking consultant on staff on Sunday evenings. Many of our consultants are well-versed in researching records in North and South America, the United Kingdom and Sweden. We are very interested to help you in other areas of your research as well.
Resources in the Local Area
- About 16 miles away is the Manteca Family History Center, 6060 Northland Road, Manteca, California.
- About 50 miles away is the National Archives at San Francisco, California, (http://www.archives.gov/san-francisco/) at 1000 Commodore Drive, San Bruno, CA 94066-2350
- The Tracy Press, our local newspaper (http://www.goldenstatenewspapers.com/tracy_press/), provides news coverage of our community and includes a section with obituaries.
- The Record newspaper from Stockton (http://www.recordnet.com/) often carries Tracy news and includes a section with obituaries.
- City of Tracy website (http://www.ci.tracy.ca.us/)
- San Joaquin County website (http://www.sjgov.org/)
- State of California website (http://www.ca.gov/)
Volunteer at the Center
We are always looking for those wishing to volunteer in our center. If you have a desire to learn and share what you learn with others you are qualified for the work. You will be paired with experienced center consultants who can teach you all aspects of the center and how to do research. Please send an email to CA_Tracy@ldsmail.net and you will be contacted. Additionally, feel free to stop in at the center any time it is open to discuss volunteering.
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