Fort Walton Beach Florida Family History Center

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FamilySearch This article describes the services and resources available at a Family History Center, a branch facility of the Family History Library.


The Fort Walton Beach Family History Center existed for years as the "Genealogy Library" in this location. The Center is considered by many to be a genealogy outreach for the benefit of the community of genealogists living in Crestview, Niceville, and Valparaiso, Florida, as well as the Greater Fort Walton Beach area. Patrons from Destin and Santa Rosa Beach, Florida have also supported the center.

Center Contacts and Hours[edit | edit source]

Location Map:

Address:

  • 339 Lake Dr NW Fort Walton Beach FL 32547 United States
  • Language: English, One Staff member speaks, French, Italian and Latin

Phone:

  • 1-850-244-3338

E-mail:

  • Fl_fortwaltonbeach@familyhistorymail.org

Open Hours:
By Appointment call

  • Thursday:10:00AM-4:00PM
  • Saturday:10:00AM-1:00PM

Holiday Schedule:

We are closed for summer vacation from

Closed for Federal holidays: Closed for Church Conferences: We also close one month in the summer as determined by staff on a year by year basis.

  • Closed on major holidays.
  • Also note: on General Conference days (the first Saturday in April and October) we are closed.

Calendar and Events[edit | edit source]

Upcoming Event[edit | edit source]

Class Schedule[edit | edit source]

Staff Training Meetings[edit | edit source]

Center Resources[edit | edit source]

Collections[edit | edit source]

  • General Source and How-To Books for genealogists are in the collection, including The Red Book, The Source, and Handbook for Genealogists.


Supplies: Basic supplies such as genealogy charts are available.

Databases and Software[edit | edit source]

  • Family History Center 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. Among these, currently, are Ancestry.com, Fold3, and others. Portal can also be used to view film that are restricted in the Family Search Catalog with key above it.

Hardware and Equipment[edit | edit source]

  • We have five computers, and one printer; the printer will scan your photos/other media and has access to scan directly to your Family Tree.

Center Services[edit | edit source]

Staff Research Specialties[edit | edit source]

Currently, staff research specialties include German, French, Latin and Italian research with translator services available. Several staff members are qualified to guide patrons seeking their Southeastern United States roots.

Resources in the Local Area[edit | edit source]

The local library in Valparaiso, Florida has an excellent Family History section.

🇺🇸 RESOURCES IN THE LOCAL AREA[edit | edit source]

  • Crestview Family History Center
  • Defuniak Springs Family History Center
  • Fort Walton Beach Family History Center
  • Niceville Family History Center
  • Sandestin Family History Center

Volunteer at the Center[edit | edit source]

To be a volunteer at the center you do not have to be a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. All you need to know is a working understanding of computer programs and have done some Family History research. Member of the Church must be called in the wards as a Temple and Family History Consultant before being asked to work in the Family History Center.