Valley Forge Pennsylvania Family History Center

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Center Contacts and Hours   

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Location Map:

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  • 721 Paxon Hollow Rd Broomall PA 19008 United States
  • Located in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints building
  • Enter in the back door labeled “Family History Center”
  • Language:English
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Email us to:

• Make an appointment for guided help,  or to view films outside of regular hours. 

• Sign up on our mailing list

• Receive a class schedule

• Be notified of weather closures or delays

Phone: 1-610-356-8507 only answered when we are open. There is no message machine.

Regular Open Hours: Every Wednesdays 9:30-3:30pm and the 2nd and 4th Saturday 9:30-12:30

Holiday Closures: June 11 - normal hours - computer usage restricted to the Eagle Scout indexing event

June 15- normal Wednesday hours

June 22 - normal Wednesday hours

June 25 - closed Saturday

June 29 - normal Wednesday hours

July 6 - normal Wednesday hours

July 9 - normal Saturday hours - Italian Group meets at 10am

July 13 - Wednesday closed at 1pm and then only by appointment until reopening on Wednesday September 7th with normal hours on that day

Please note that during our closed times this summer you may still order and receive microfilms from Appointments to view films or use computers will still be available all summer long even during our closures.  Requests for individual help will be limited to emails during closed hours. To obtain an appointment email

Our unusually long summer closure is due to the Philadelphia Temple Open House. Our staff will be busy helping to staff that event. Tickets are free if you would like to view the open house. To make a reservation click on the following link:

This a big event for the Philadelphia area. We are very excited about it! We anticipate over 150,000 visitors. We invite you to come and see the temple! After the open house is closed it will no longer be open to the public for tours or viewing.

Additional Hours: By appointment

You may request to have the center open at other times by appointment. For a timely and quick response, please email to request a time. Appointments are not needed during regular hours unless you need a guided practice lab time. 

2016 Winter Informal Group Discussions.

10:30am - 11:30am on specified Wednesdays (see schedule below) Valley Forge Family History center located at 721 Paxon Hollow Dr. Broomall, PA.

The meetings will be led by volunteer patrons who will provide information about something they are experienced in. The topics can include location specific or topic specific information. These will be casual discussions and presentations lasting 30-60 minutes. No signup is required if you want to attend.

If you would like to be a presenter let me know. No solicitations are allowed, but you can talk about your experience with or present information about commercial products, as you educate us about your topic or location. You may also put information on our bulletin board inside the center for the benefit of patrons.

Jan. 20th - Loretta Kukles - "My trip to the Czech Republic" including slides of general location and history information. Pictures include Prague, Pilsen, and houses and life in small surrounding villages.

Feb. 17th - Bob Danovich - “Genetic Genealogy: Selecting which test is right for you?” Includes comparisons on price, security, advantages and disadvantages.

Mar. 2 - Sharon Simpson - "Island of Hope, Island of Tears." Take a trip back in time to 1900 Ellis Island. View an award winning documentary about Ellis Island and share your thoughts and stories about those who came to the Island of Hope, Island of Tears. Why did they come to America? What did it take for them to leave their "old countries" and seek a new life in America? What did they feel when they gazed at the Statue of Liberty? What did they experience after they walked through the "Golden Door”?

Mar. 16th - Bernie Erl - "Learning about old German Script handwriting." See examples, and discuss helpful German resources.

Apr. 6th - John F. Mitchell - "Lesser known Resources for Genealogy Research" Discussion of less well known resources for German, Scots-Irish, Irish, Pennsylvania, Quebec genealogy research. Discussion of "Thinking Outside The Box" as a genealogy technique.

Apr. 20th - Marlene Kutys - "Slovenia - An Ancestral Journey" Learn about this tiny country - where it is, a bit of its history & thru slides visit my ancestral villages in the Prekmurje Region of Slovenia. Learn about some of my challenges while doing research in this country and how they were tackled.

May 4th - Shelli Nye - " App Gallery." If you have entered your family in Family Tree, there are many apps that can help you discover more about how you are connected. See if you may be related to famous people; see maps of where they came from; and discover collateral lines and see different ways to view and analyze your pedigree charts.

May 18th - Fan and April Clive - " A Beautiful Way to Share Family Stories" Learn about a popular software that can help you create beautiful keepsake books about your family. More info to come.

June 15th - Jim Castellan - "Research Practices and what we learn by experience"

July and August no group meetings. We will consider group meetings again in the fall depending on patron interest. If you are interested then come and meet others who are interested in the same topics or places.

Italian Group

In addition to the center sponsored group meetings I am also informing you about the Italian Group. They have have been meeting in our church building quarterly in the past under the direction of Bill Nichols and his wife Mindy. They are revitalizing their group and will be meeting in the center when we are open on the 2nd Saturday. (See the schedule below for more details.) They welcome everyone interested in Italian Research, Geography and History. Each meeting they will be taking volunteers to present information for the next meeting. I will be sending out updates as they request to our patron list. If you want more information contact Bill Nichols at

Italian Quarterly Group Meetings 10am -12pm Family History Center or adjoining Primary Room - depending on size of group

(Center will be open 9:30am-12:30pm on those Saturdays.)

April 9th - center open - Ray Lopez - Finding Italian Records July 9th -center open Oct. 8th - center open

I wish you the best in your research and connecting efforts!

As usual I appreciate your replies that you have moved or are not interested etc. and would like to be removed from our list. I add and remove people promptly. If you have friends that would like to stay informed and be added to the list they may email with their request.

Resources in the Local Area


Volunteer at the Center

We would love to have more volunteers!

We look forward to seeing you at the center!