Mission Viejo California 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.

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The Mission Viejo Family History Center serves a major portion of South Orange County, California. All are welcome and our services are free.

NOTICE! We are reopening the MVFHC library after the extended Covid 19 shutdown as of 9/14/21 by appointment only. Please click the link to the SignUp Genius site to reserve a time slot for your visit. This link may require you bypass several advertising sites before you get to the actual scheduling calendar. Thank you for your patience while we get things moving again. For the time being, you will need to wear a mask while using the center upon entering the building.


Location Map:


  • 27976 Marguerite Parkway Mission Viejo, California 92692 United States
  • Corner of Marguerite Parkway and Hillcrest.
  • Enter at the rear of the building - left hand door.
  • Language:English


  • 1-949-500-3197 or 562-787-2143


  • CA_MissionViejo@familyhistorymail.org


  • Tuesday:10:00am-4:00pm and 6:00pm-9:00 pm
  • Wednesday:10:00am-4:00pm and 6:00pm-9:00pm
  • Thursday:10:00am-4:00 pm and 6:00pm-9:00pm
  • Saturday:10:00am-1:00pm

Holiday Schedule:

General Conference, October 2-3; Thanksgiving Week, November 23-29; Christmas/New Years, December 23-January 3

Center Resources[edit | edit source]

Collections[edit | edit source]

  • FamilySearch Catalog:This center may have various films and fiche available through the FamilySearch Catalog.
  • (List additional collections you have such as the types of books and microfilm you have on indefinite loan; though you will not want to list every single item you have. Just give visitors to this page a general idea of your resources.)

Databases and Software[edit | edit source]

  • Family History Center PortalThis 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.This includes the following:
  1. Ancestry.com
  2. Find My Past - Institutional Version
  3. Fold 3.com
  4. Geneanet
  5. Kinpoint - Premium
  6. My Heritage - Library Edition
  7. WorldVitalRecords.com
  8. ThePaperTrail.org (A guide to Overland Pioneer Names and Documents)
  9. Alexander Street Press: The American Civil War
    1. Research database
    2. Letters and Diaries
    3. Images, Photographs, Posters and Ephermera
    4. social and Cultural History
    5. Women and Social Movements in the Unites States
  10. ProQuest Obituary Listings
  11. Puzilla.org - Premium Services
  12. 19th Century British Library Newspaper Digital Archive
  13. ArkivDigital (Swedish records=36 Million documents)

Hardware and Equipment[edit | edit source]

  • 10 Computers with Internet access
  • 4 Microfilm Readers
  • 2 Microfiche Readers
  • Flatbed Scanner

Center Services[edit | edit source]

  • Provide one on one research help and provide access to genealogical records through the Internet or microfilm loan program. 
  • Receive personalized instruction via Zoom by one of our most experienced volunteers. Contact us via the phone numbers above for details.
  • Provide Training. (Offering free how to classes)
  • Assist in cleaning up data files.
  • Provide Service Opportunities for volunteers.
  • Visit the center any time, by appointment, during our open hours. We will be glad to acquaint you with our resources and equipment.