Des Moines Iowa 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.

The Des Moines Family History Center is a volunteer run library with access to many archives and records to help you find your ancestors.

Center Contacts and Hours

Location Map:


  • 3301 Ashworth Rd West Des Moines IA 50265 United States
  • Language:English


  • 1-515-225-0416



Open Hours:

  • Tuesday:10:00am-3:00pm & 6:30pm-9:00pm
  • Saturday:10:00am-1:00pm

Holiday Schedule: Closed all major holidays:

Calendar and Events

Upcoming Events

2015 Class Schedule

(will be updated monthly)

To register or request a class, please email: 

Family History Discovery- Mom & Tots Class

         A Family History based activity for young children and their caregivers.

          Wednesdays: October 21st, 2015 10:00-10:30am

                                 November 18th, 2015  10:00-10:30am

                                 December 16th, 2015  10:00-10:30am

                                 January 20th, 2016  10:00-10:30am

Getting to know Family Search- A beginning level introduction to FamilySearch  & FamilyTree. Please arrive a few minutes early if you do not already have an account.

Adding Memories to FamilySearch- bring a photo or the like with you to class.

Center Resources


  • FamilySearch Catalog: This center has the ability to order any of the films and fiche available through the FamilySearch Catalog.
  • Many books, micfrofilms and microfiche.

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

  • 4 computers(internet access), 2 printer/scanner/copiers, 4 microfilm readers, microfilm scanner and a microfilm reader. Our scanner will scan pictures & documents directly to your familysearch account!

Center Services

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