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:

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. 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.


Hello Patrons of the Valley Forge Family History Center,

If you are into FREE! See the schedule below for some opportunities to learn more about genealogy.

10 am on the Wednesdays listed below we are having Winter Discussions in the Valley Forge Family History Center located at 721 Paxon Hollow Rd. Broomall, PA, start Wednesday Jan. 25th. See schedule below for current topics and dates. (no registration required) Check out this Wiki page for other updates as we go along. Discussions last about an hour or an hour and a half depending on the topic. You may also stay and use our computers in the center to try out new things you have learned.

Winter Discussion Current Schedule:

January 25th: Beginning your Research and what do you do when you need to start in a Foreign Country by Shelli Nye, FHC director. Some basic research methods and general guiding principles, and then places to go to help you learn and get started in other countries.

February 1: Czechoslovakia - examples of how to read records and free websites to check out by John Stefl, our Wednesday am staff member with lots of experience helping all of us!

February 15: Hungary - slides of the area and websites to help your research. If there is time we will also have slides from Lithuania and how to hire a professional to help with the difficult language of this area's records by Loretta Kukkels. Loretta is a long time experienced patron who has traveled to lots of interesting countries to research.

March 1: Italy - Civil vital records by Bob Sava, a new to our center patron who has teaching experience and who has been researching civil vital records in Italy.

March 22: The Sleuth, the Hunt, and the Mystery Solved by Sharon P. Simson our Wednesday afternoon staff member and retired research sociology professor from University of Maryland. Starting with just a few clues and utilizing social scientific methods, we will trace the thinking and research process that uncovered information that led to a revolutionary discovery. The subject matter of this interactive session is generalizable and can be applied to your own genealogical research. Examples include Hungarian and United States records.

March 29: New FamilySearch Apps are Fun! by Shelli Nye, FHC Director

April 5: Searching Google Books to find your Ancestors by Shelli Nye FHC Director

April 12th - Marianna Curan - Using to pass yours and your ancestors' stories down through many generations with both print and digital media in the cloud. See how you can link your full resolution photos and documents to your FamilySearch research with no limitations. Free account holders get 10% off!

April 19: Germany - Records examples and how to find them and gather information from them by Robert Danovich. A long time patron and microfilm researcher who gave our DNA discussion last year.

May 3rd: John Mitchell - Lesser Known and Obscure Genealogy Resources - an update from last yearWe can add more countries or different topics!

We look forward to a good attendance like we had last year. Invite your friends!

Film reading capabilities will still be available during the discussions in the adjoining room. Center computer usage may or may not be available. Depending on the size of the group we may move to another room.

Irish Immigration Center:

Tuesday April 11th @ 11am - Irish Immigration Center located at 7 South Cedar Lane: Come to learn more about the Irish information has from Shelli Nye. The Center is a valuable resource for Irish people in our community. There is much more at the Irish Center besides genealogy help. For more information / hours see their website link below.

Valley Forge Family History Center:

Saturday April 29th 10-12pm - Quarterly Meeting of the Italian Group held in the Valley Forge Family History Center located in Broomall,PA. Contact Bill Nichols at [[1]] more information

See you soon!

Shelli Nye Director

Resources in the Local Area

The Mainline Genealogy Club meets at the Easttown library. They have great presentations each month!

The Irish Immigration Center located in Upper Darby at 7 S Cedar Lane. They support Irish families in our area with genealogy help and many other kinds of support.


Volunteer at the Center

We would love to have more volunteers!

We look forward to seeing you at the center!