Roseburg Oregon Family History Center
|This article describes the services and resources available at a Family History Center, a branch facility of the Family History Library.|
The Roseburg Family History Center is located at the Roseburg Stake Center of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, a large red brick building with a white steeple on top. The entrance to the FHC is on the west side of the building and is accessible from the west parking lot.
Our very best resource is a friendly, courteous staff that is on hand to serve you to the best of our ability. Although not professional genealogists many have been doing research for decades and if they don't know the answers they know where to find them. The Roseburg FHC is open to the general public and happy to serve all the genealogists in our community.
- 1 Center Contacts and Hours
- 2 Events
- 2.1 Where else can I go to learn to do family history?
- 2.2 What software do I need and where can I get it?
- 2.3 Links to useful and fun sites.
- 2.4 Center Resources
- 2.5 Microfilm Orders
- 2.6 Links
- 2.7 Volunteer at the Center
Center Contacts and Hours
- 2001 West Bertha Roseburg Douglas Oregon United States
- Tuesday: 9:00am-8:00pm
- Wednesday: 9:00am-5:00pm
- Thursday: 9:00am-5:00pm
Fair Week (August 4-6th)
Two weeks for Christmas and New Years
Where else can I go to learn to do family history?
There is a series of excellent videos and powerpoint presentations on getting started with your family history: Learning Center It is helpful to print the handout at the end of each lesson. Many of the genealogy software companies have online tutorials and webinars.
What software do I need and where can I get it?
The Roseburg Family History center does not recommend any particular program. In fact, many different programs are used by the staff.
This is a link that will help you learn more about the various programs to help in your choice: FamilySearch Products Here is a link that lists the Top Ten genealogical software programs: Software Reviews These all offer a free version but also have a more enhanced version you can purchase.
Links to useful and fun sites.
Discover technologies that will improve your family history research and knowledge. This is a very, Very, VERY cool place. FamilySearch Blog
Here is a little magnifier that sits on your computer desktop to enable your poor ol' tired eyes to see things on your screen better.....it does not replace sleep. Virtual Magnifying Glass is a free, open source, screen magnification tool for Windows and Linux: Virtual Magnifying Glass. It is simple, customizable, and easy-to-use. The program shows a magnifying glass lens that follows the mouse movement. You can move the lens around the screen to view magnification of any screen area. To close the lens, click the left mouse button. Virtual Magnifying Glass also adds it's own taskbar icon. Left-click on the icon offers a shortcut for launching the lens again.
Irfanview, Irfanview, is an image viewer that we use a lot at the FHC. It will even make panoramas from multiple jpeg images.
Faststone Capture, Faststone will very quickly and easily capture all of your screen or just a few words. This is version 5.3 which is free.
Use Drop Box to replace your flash drive! DropBox
- FamilySearch Catalog This center has the ability to order any of the films and fiche available through the FamilySearch Catalog.
- Microfilm and Microfiche Collection: The center has a large collection of these films on indefinite loan, with indexes explaining the sources contained therein.
- Books and Periodicals:
- UNITED STATES RESEARCH contains books and periodicals for almost all the 50 states.
- FOREIGN RESEARCH has books for individual countries around the globe.
- SURNAME RESEARCH contains family histories, and others that cover thousands of surnames.
- GENERAL RESEARCH is a compilation of books that will help you learn how to do your research.
- We also have Atlases and maps, dictionaries, English to foreign language dictionaries, county boundary changes, geographical dictionaries, etc.
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.
- 19th Century British Library Newspaper Digital Archive
- Access Newspaper Archive
- Alexander Street Press
- The American Civil War:
- Research Database |Letters and Diaries |Images, Photographs, Posters, and Ephemera Social and Cultural History
- Women and Social Movements in the United States
- Ancestry.com - Institution version.
- ArkivDigital Online
- Create your Who Do You Think You Are? Story, for free
- Findmypast - Institution version.
- Historic Map Works - Library Edition
- MyHeritage - Library Edition
- Paper Trail
- ProQuest Obituary Listings
- Puzzilla.org - Premium Services
- World Vital Records
Hardware and Equipment
Eight computers, all with high speed internet and attached to printer.
- microfilm readers
- microfiche reader
- all in one Copier/Printer/Scanner
- digital camera with accessories for uploading photos to computers and printing them.
http://publicrecords.onlinesearches.com/OR_Douglas.htm - local Douglas county court house records, free to search online
Volunteer at the Center
If you have interest in volunteering your research skills and expertise to help other researchers, please contact us or drop by the center. We welcome genealogy enthuasists.