Bellevue Washington Family History Center

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

This oldest Puget Sound family history center offers a unique blend of traditional (book), intermediate (microfilm) and contemporary (computer) resources. Helpful librarians serve patrons more open hours than at any other family history center in the region. We are particularly interested in helping young people learn about their ancestors and learn how to do genealogy.


Center Contacts and Hours

Location Map:


  • 10675 NE 20th Street, Bellevue, Washington, United States, behind the Bellevue LDS chapel, which shares the property and provides space for monthly meetings of four Eastside Genealogical Society special interest groups.


  • English, with limited assistance in Spanish and Chinese.


  • +1-425-454-2690


Open Hours:

  • Tue-Wed-Thu: 10:00am-9:00pm
  • Fri-Sat: 10:00am-6:00pm

Training classes may be scheduled at other times, especially on midweek nights when youth groups normally meet. Please contact the center to schedule classes.

Holiday Schedule:

Closed in 2016 on Friday, January 1, to Saturday, January 2 (New Year's); Saturday, April 2 (LDS Worldwide Conference); Saturday, October 1 (LDS Worlswide Conference); Tuesday, November 22, to Saturday, November 26 (Thanksgiving); Tuesday, December 20, to Saturday, December 31 (Christmas); and when Bellevue Public Schools close for inclement weather.

Calendar and Events

Upcoming Events

  • Jun 2016 - Latin America family history month. Latin American flags fly at the center.
  • Jun 2016 - German family history month. German flag flies at the center.
  • Aug 2016 - Welsh family history month. Welsh dragon flies at the center.
  • Sep 2016 - Star Wars family history month. Where does Rey fit in the tree?
  • Oct 2016 - French family history month. French tricolor flies at the center.
  • Nov 2016 - Eastern European family history month. Eastern European banners displayed.
  • Dec 2016 - Biblical family history month. How do those old lines connect?

Class Schedule

  • 1st Tuesdays - family history classes at 7 pm in the LDS Union Hill facility at 7115 224th Avenue NE (union Hill at 224th). Contact Keith Brooks (425.868.2898) to suggest monthly topics. Posters in this center.
  • 4th Tuesdays - one-on-one family history coaching at 8 pm at the Highlands Community Center on the Issaquah Plateau. Contact Steve Balkman (425.427.9820) to discuss unique needs.
  • Two classes per month at the Kirkland Family History Center. Register at or call 425-242-8892 to register. Flyers in this center.
  • No classes in the center itself at this time. Contact the center to request or to schedule classes.

Staff Training Meetings

  • One-on-one training during shift times for now. Quarterly seminars can be prepared if desired.

Center Resources

Collection Links

Microfilms & Microfiche:

Catalog of all FamilySearch microfilms; can be filtered by any location

Books and Journals:

    • Catalog of our books, journals and pamphlets on family history methodology, sources and technology; U.S. census, land, migration and military records; ethnic Afro-American, native American and Quaker records; U.S. states, especially New England, Pennsylvania and Washington; and foreign countries, especially Germany, the British Isles and Scandinavia.

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. 

Guides and Handouts

Hardware and Equipment

  • 8 networked desktops and 4 networked laptop locations
  • 1 networked printer/scanner, 2 networked printers and 1 flatbed scanner
  • 1 networked microfilm reader/printer, 4 microfilm readers and 2 microfiche readers

Center Services

Staff Research Specialties

All staff librarians help patrons search catalogs, locate books, load microfilms and search databases; but some are more experienced than others. Please contact the center to schedule foreign language or complex research assistance.

Resources in the Local Area

The Eastside Genealogical Society uses our family history center for monthly meetings of its Legacy, German, Irish-Scots and Italian special interest groups. Some who lead those SIGs serve on our family history center staff and have unique expertise. We can also call in those with Chinese and Spanish language skills. The Seattle Genealogical Society cooperates with the center and has received donations of excess materials from us.

Key Links

Volunteer at the Center

The center is looking for librarians who can help patrons search catalogs, locate books, load microfilms and search databases. Librarians work four-hour shifts each week, after becoming trained, and are occasionally offered opportunities to fill-in for others. Semimonthly or two-hour shifts can be made available, especially for youth who are learning the ropes of family history and genealogy. Please contact us if you are interested in volunteering.