Tallahassee Florida 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 Tallahassee Florida Family History Center serves all those interested in researching their family history in the Tallahassee, Cairo, Crawfordville, Madison, Perry, Quincy, and Thomasville areas.
Center Contacts and Hours
Address: 312 Stadium Dr. Tallahassee, FL 32304
- We are located across the street from the Florida State University College of Medicine.
- Park at the rear of the building, in the section by the parking sign indicating you are visiting the Family History Center. Ring the intercom at the southwest entrance if the door is locked.
- Thursday: 10:00am-9:00pm
- Closed: First two weeks of July; Thanksgiving Holiday; 2 Weeks during Christmas; New Year's
Calendar and Events
- Family Search: Family history center consultants are trained to help with family history searches, including the use of familysearch.org
- FamilySearch Catalog: This center has the ability to order any of the films and fiche available through the FamilySearch Catalog, if not already available in the existing film or fiche collection.
- The Center also has collections of family history books and information from LDS families that have lived in the Florida/Georgia area in the past.
Databases and Software
FHC Portal: This center has the Family History Center Portal which gives free access in the center to premium family history software and websites that generally charge for subscriptions including:
- 19th Century British Newspapers
- Access Newspaper Archive
- Alexander Street Press (American Civil War Collections)
- American Ancestors
- Ancestry.com (Family History Library edition)
- ArkivDigital Online
- Fold3.com (formerly Footnote.com)
- Godfrey Memorial Library
- Heritage Quest
- Historic Map Works Library Edition
- Paper Trail
- ProQuest Obituary Listings
- Puzzilla.org - Premium Services
- World Vital Records
Hardware and Equipment
- Microfilm readers
- Microfiche reader
- Computers with internet connection and access to premium websites.
- Printer for use with computers
- Planetary camera with digital scanning capabilities to scan and save microfilm and microfiche records to a USB flash drive
- Photo scanner that can scan and upload photos directly to your Family Search account
Patrons may bring their personal computers for note taking or entering information into personal genealogical programs. Wireless internet access is currently available. Memory sticks can also be used to download information.
Volunteer at the Center
Family History Center Staff
Staff is needed for customer service during the hours the Center is open. Volunteers should be comfortable with computer use and enjoy working with people. A knowledge of basic family history research principles is helpful, but training will be provided. A minimum of 2 shifts per month in the Center is required and more is cheerfully allowed.
Family Search is making records available on-line as quickly as possible. One of the keys to making these records useful is the Indexing program. Without an index, researchers have to browse through the images, sometimes one at a time, to find a specific record. Indexing can be done at home and is an excellent activity for Family History Center Staff when the Center is not busy. To find out more about indexing and take a test drive go to http://www.familysearch.org/volunteer/indexing
Basic Computer Literacy Tutor
With the rapid increase in research data becoming available on-line, long-time family history researchers are facing the need to learn new skills. A patient and understanding tutor is needed to help small groups or individuals learn basic computer skills. Contact the Director by telephone or email if you are interested in teaching or helping to develop training in this topic.