Access Free Tools
Sites and application you can't get at home without a subscription
Get Help from Experts
Staff members share country specific knowledge, search strategies and more
Set Aside Time for Family History
We're open on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
A Time and Place to Work
The Menlo Park Family History Center provides a dedicated space to do the work you have been wanting to do on your family tree. Set aside an hour or so, free from other distractions, to do research, get expert assistance and make progress. If you'd like, you can coordinate your visit with the hours that specific country experts are working. You can even make an appointment and automatically add it to your calendar. We are open every Tuesday and Thursday, 11:00am to 9:30pm, and Saturdays from 10:00am to 4:00pm.
A Helpful Staff
There are usually two dedication staff members on hand whenever the Family History Center is open. They can help you with questions about tools, countries, search strageties, or guide you when you are not even sure where to start. We maintain a list of staff with specific country expertise, in case you need help with deciphering documents from Norway, or some ideas of how to access Irish census data. Come on in and get the help you have been looking for.
Freely Accessible Resources
Using the computers at the Family History Center, you can access many useful sites for free, some of which would require a paid subscription for you to use at home. Log on to FamilySearch, FindMyPast, Ancestry, American Ancestors, and more. You can also search a catalog of microfilm and microfiche and order them for use at the Center. We have significant library holdings at the Center as well. You can search the library catalog online to prepare for your visit.