Valencia California Family History Center

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Interested in your genealogy? Are you seeking information about your roots? Want to know who you came from? Have you wondered who your great-great-great grandfather was? You can start or continue your family search without charge at the Valencia Family History Center. Established in 1978, it is open to the public 45 hours each week. The all-volunteer staff of research experts assist interested patrons, who have made more than 2,200 visits to the Center each year. In addition to providing personal assistance, the center’s equipment include computers with free access to premium websites, microfilm and microfiche readers with access to more than 2 million rolls of microfilm, printers, scanners, and a book library. For 24-hour recorded information or to speak with someone at the Center, call 661-259-1347.

Center Contacts and Hours

Location Map:

Address:

  • 24443 W. McBean Pkwy Valencia California 91355 United States
  • Language:English

Phone:

  • 1-661-259-1347

E-Mail:

  • ValenciaFHC@outlook.com or CA_Valencia@ldsmail.net

Open Hours:

  • Mon: 9:00am-5:00pm
  • Tue: 9:00am-5:00pm; 6:00pm-9:00pm
  • Wed: 9:00am-5:00pm; 6:00pm-9:00pm
  • Thu: 9:00am-5:00pm; 6:00pm-9:00pm
  • Sat: 9:00am-1:00pm

2017 Holiday Schedule- Closed:

 Feb 20 Presidents Day
 Apr 1 General Conference
 May 29 Memorial Day
 Jul 4 Independence Day
 Sep 4 Labor Day
 Sep 30 General Conference
 Nov 23 Thanksgiving Day  Closed from 6-9pm on Nov 22nd
 Dec 25-30 Christmas Week


Calendar and Events

Mark Your Calendars...
Santa Clarita Valley Family History and Technology Fair

Saturday, April 22, 2017 - 8:30am to 4:00pm

After March 28, 2017, Click here to pre-register: SCVFamHistFair.com

Family History Center Class Schedule for 2017

Seminars are free and open to the general public. All dates shown are on Thursday - Instruction from 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm.  To be added to our email list and be notified of upcoming seminar's and events, click here

February 16, 2017

Seminar: "Keynote Addresses from RootsTech 2017"

Description: This is your opportunity to hear the Keynote addresses by Steve Rookwood, CEO of FamilySearch.  Learn how family history will change your life this year and that of people you may know. This will be a fun night!  Expect to be inspired. (Class level: All)

March 2, 2017

Seminar:  "Introduction to Family Tree on FamilySearch.org"

Description: In this class, you will learn how to get started building your Family Tree on FamilySearch. It has been said that this is the best way to discover, preserve and share your family history. You will learn how to use your family tree to search the billions of records on FamilySearch.org and make new discoveries about your ancestors. (Live presenters: Tom and Linda Tippets. Class level: Beginner)

March 16, 2017

Seminar: RootsTech Innovator Showdown - 2017 Finals

Description: If you like the TV show, “Shark Tank” you will love, “RootsTech Innovator Showdown - 2017”. Come and hear six of the top family history “app” developers from around the world pitch their cutting-edge technology to you and a panel of judges. These break though applications can help you bring your family history to life. You can vote for your favorite new family history application and maybe, win a prize. Join us for an hour of fun and information (Class level: All)

Databases and Software☁

Free commercial website at the Valencia California Family History Center

The 19th Century British Library Newspapers digital archive

This fully searchable database of the British Library's newspaper holdings provides a complete run of 48 national and regional Victorian British newspapers for the 19th century from 1800 to 1900. These support the study of colonial history, genealogical research, politics, urban studies, and media courses.

Access Newspaper Archive "NewspaperArchive.com is the world's largest online newspaper archive. Featuring billions of articles from historical newspapers around the U.S. and the world, NewspaperARCHIVE makes exploring history and genealogy easy and fun. Discover fascinating news in archived newspapers hundreds of years old—including obituaries, birth announcements, sports articles, comics, and more—to fill in the life stories you are interested in. And share those stories with others through our community at Our NewspaperARCHIVE. All of our historical newspapers are full-page and fully searchable. Try exploring above, and discover your history today!"

Alexander Street Press, American Civil War

  • Research Data: Contains indexed, searchable information on over 4 million soldiers and thousands of battles, together with 15,000 photographs.
  • Letters and Diaries: Contains approximately 100,000 indexed pages of diaries, letters, and memoirs, including 4,000 pages of previously unpublished manuscripts, such as the letters of Amos Wood and his wife and the diary of Maryland planter William Claytor
  • Images, Photographs, Posters, and Ephemera: Provides a vivid history of the American Civil War with over 1,400 images. 
  • Social and Cultural History: Personal accounts of well-known historical figures.
  • Women and Social Movements in the United States: Organized around the history of women in social movements in the United States between 1600 and 2000 A.D.

American Ancestors

Advance yo0ur family history research today with AmericanAncestors.org! Created by the expert staff at New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS), America's founding genealogical organization, AmericanAncestors.org is the portal to the nation's leading resource for the highest-quality comprehensive family history services. Consult with our expert staff, some of the most respected genealogists in the profession. Read the most significant original scholarship and important publications in genealogy. Access millions of exclusive and sought-after records online. Learn with in-depth online courses and webinars from expert staff. Explore the largest collection of original family history research materials in America.
Ancestry.com Ancestry gives you access to thousands of collections of records from around the world, including immigration, census, voter, vital, and military records; newspapers and periodicals; family trees; photos and images; directories, maps, court, land, wills and financial records, stories, memories, and histories; and detailed records about births, marriages, deaths, land ownership, and much more. It is the largest for-profit genealogy company in the world.
ArkivDigital Online ArkivDigital is the largest private provider of Swedish Church Records and other historical records online! All images are newly photographed color images of the original documents. Click the link from the Premium Family History Websites page to install the current client version of ArkivDigital Online. 
 
findmypast
findmypast makes it easy to research your UK ancestry and create your family tree. Search census records and trace births, marriages, and deaths to bring your family history to life. Please note that not all of the content from findmypast is available in family history centers. 1911 British Census (accessed through the findmypast website)—The 1911 UK Census is a record of everyone who lived in England and Wales in 1911. It provides a unique snapshot of the lives of those who lived at that time.
Fold3 (formerly Footnote.com) Search or browse millions of historical documents and photos. Fold3 has refocused their efforts on gathering the best online collection of military records and stories. The Fold3 name reflects military history and honor, since traditionally, the third fold in a flag-folding ceremony honors and remembers veterans for their sacrifice in defending their country and promoting peace in the world.
Geneanet
With 3 billion referenced individuals and 600,000 trees online, Geneanet is the first site dedicated to genealogy in France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Sweden, and Germany. The Geneanet community has two million members who exchange genealogical information.
Kinpoint Premium Kinpoint is designed to make it easier for you to do your family history by letting you see what to work on at a glance; quickly find missing information in your family tree; and discover insights into the lives of your ancestors.
MyHeritage—Library Edition
Used by millions of people worldwide to help research family history, build a family tree, and add photos, historical records, and more.
Paper Trail
Provides access to 19th-century westward American migration documents.
ProQuest Obituary Listings 
The ProQuest obituaries collection is a premier resource for genealogical and historical research. You can use the collection to search obituaries and death notices from prominent newspapers, such as the New York Times (dating back to 1851). The collection includes both famous and lesser-known individuals and can be searched by name or by keywords appearing in the body of the article.
Puzzilla (Premium Services)
Find new research opportunities on descendant lines in Family Tree.
World Vital Records The link to World Vital Records currently redirects to MyHeritage.com. In the near future, World Vital Records will be removed from the Portal.
  • 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.


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