Vista 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.


We are now closed until further notice due to covid-19 efforts to ensure social distancing. FamilySearch.org is free and has billions of online records available and 99% of them are also available for free while at home.[edit | edit source]

We serve the Family History needs of all who visit. The center is served by North County Transit District bus route 318. Access off of Oak St through parking area.

Location[edit | edit source]

Foothill building.jpg

Address: 1310 Foothill Drive Vista, CA 92084-4048 United States Location Map

The center is accessed from the parking lot at the South-East corner. DO NOT use building front doors as no one will know you are there.

The parking lot entrance is off Oak St. across from the Foothill Oak Elementary School.

Contact Info[edit | edit source]

Phone 1-760-945-6053 (Note that our voice mail message has not been updated yet to reflect the center being currently closed.) Instead of using our regular phone # of 945-6043 instead contact Randy Stebbing @760-716-0280 for any Vista Family History Center questions.
Email CA_Vista@familyhistorymail.org

Hours[edit | edit source]

Day Open Close
Tuesday Closed Closed
Wednesday Closed Closed
Thursday Closed Closed
Friday Closed Closed
Saturday Closed Closed

2020 Holiday Schedule Closures[edit | edit source]

2020 Closures Reason Additional Info
Closed starting 3/19/2020 Covid-19 social distancing

2020 Classes[edit | edit source]

All presentations are free of charge to participants. Classes are held each month on the 4th Thursday at 7:00 p.m.

January 23 Getting It Right - names, dates, places! [genealogical standards]

The class discusses Onomastics (six-bit word for surnames by origin) also touch on cultural and religious naming conventions, calendar variations, and place name and jurisdiction over time. After all, The Colony of Virginia, chartered in 1606 and settled in 1607 extended to the Pacific Ocean.

We should also note that computer programs all have their own idiosyncrasies for how they would have the information entered.

February 27 No Class - stream RootsTech
March 26 Now You Can Do Family History Anywhere -- Come learn about thee FamilySearch Tree app for iOS and android, learn to add and to view records. Discover the uses for descendancy research. 

Well, the above was sent to the Union Tribune newspaper and then came covid-19. We still plan on having the class but, it will be done by computer remote.

Presentation is on YouTube and you can view it at anytime. Please copy/paste the Link to your browser.

iPad Tablet: https://youtu.be/_iUsFGxtVg8

Android Phones: https://youtu.be/y4FBEg6ock0

Staff Training Meetings[edit | edit source]

First Tuesday of the month 9:30 am Staff training is currently on hold.

Databases and Software[edit | edit source]

FHC 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. 

Hardware and Equipment[edit | edit source]

The Vista FHC is equipped with number of internet linked computers, and a flatbed scanner for documents and photos.

Resources in the Local Area[edit | edit source]

The Carlsbad "Cole Library" with the North County Genealogical Society is another useful resource in this area.