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Entrance to the Williamsburg Family History Center - Take the left hallway after you enter the building.

Upcoming Events

Third Thursday Brown Bag Lecture

Using Court Records in Family History Research
Thursday, February 19, 2015 - noon 
POSTPONED due to inclement weather!
New date:  Thursday, March 5, 2015 
with special guest Alex Finley, William and Mary grad student featured on the November 25 episode "Decoding Our Past" in the PBS series Finding Your Roots.

Irish Research Series

Irish Research Online
Wednesday, February 25, 11:00am - Williamsburg Library
(This event is full. See class handout, below.)

Thursday, March 12, noon - Family History Center
Repeat of Irish Research Online
If you didn't make it on the 25th, join us on March 12! This class will help you make use of a variety of free and for-pay websites for Irish research in preparation for more in-depth learning through the Ulster Historical Foundation program.

Ulster Historical Foundation
Tuesday, March 17, 2015 - St. Patrick's Day
Sponsored by Williamsburg Library and Ford's Colony Genealogy Club

Morning sessions held at Williamsburg Library (515 Scotland Street). Evening session at the Family History Center (2017 Newman Road).

10:00 - 11:30 am Understanding Irish Townlands (Library)
1:00 - 2:30 pm Irish Church Records (Library)
7:00-8:00 pm Emigration from Ireland to America (Family History Center)

FamilySearch This article describes the services and resources available at a Family History Center, a branch facility of the Family History Library.


  • Tuesday:       9:30am-12:30pm
  • Wednesday:  6:30pm-9:00pm
  • Thursday:     9:30am-12:30pm
  • Saturday:      9:30am-12:30pm

2017 Newman Road
Williamsburg, VA  23188 United States

Map to the Williamsburg Family History Center

757-220-0266  during operating hours
757-903-5706  when the center is not open.


Handouts from Recent Presentations

Click on the presentation title to view and print the handout.  Documents are in PDF format.

Feb 2015 - Irish Research Online

Jan 2015 - Using City Directories

Nov 2014 - Michigan Death Records

Oct 2014 - Billion Graves as a Service Project

Oct 2014 - FamilySearch Goes Mobile

Sept 2014 - Finding and Using US Church Records (Guest speaker: Christopher Jones)

June 2014 - California Digital Newspaper Collection

May 2014 - Illinois Regional Archives Depository

Apr 2014 - FamilySearch Partner Products

Mar 2014 - FamilySearch Memories

Mar 2014 - FamilySearch Digital Microfilm - "Browse Collections"

Jan 2014 - New York City Vital Records

Nov 2013 - Scanner Basics

Oct 2013 - England/Wales Research Online

Oct 2013 - Using FamilySearch to Collect, Organize and Share Your Family Store (Open House)

Sept 2013 - FamilySearch.org Search Strategies: Hunting vs. Fishing


Our Family History Center features:

Our computer workstations provide free access to subscription genealogy web sites including:

Check out our ScanPro 2000 digital microfilm/fiche reader! The reader, and its accompanying computer, printer, and scanner represent top-of-the-line technology for viewing, printing, and saving images from FamilySearch microfilms and fiche.

If you’ve never used microfilm before in your research, take five minutes to learn how to use the FamilySearch Catalog. Go to FamilySearch.org and click on Learn. A short video shows you how to use a Place Search or Last Name Search to locate microfilms that might be helpful to you in your research.

Once you find a film that you’d like to view, you can order it online at FamilySearch.org/films.  If you need help with Online Film Ordering, stop by the FHC and we’ll help. You'll get an e-mail notification when the film arrives.


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