Vacaville 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.

Vacaville California Family History Center

Vacaville California Family History Center[edit | edit source]

The Vacaville California Family History Center, located in Browns Valley on 480 Wrentham Drive, serves all of Vacaville and surrounding areas. We have about 15 volunteers trained to help many patrons who visit the Center each year. The Center is dedicated to providing assistance for the family history community in the Solano County area. Everyone is welcome!

Center Contacts and Hours[edit | edit source]

Location Map:


  • 480 Wrentham Drive Vacaville CA 95688 United States
  • South side of building near the west corner.
  • Door reads: "Family History Center"
  • Language: English


  • (707) 451-8394



Open Hours:

  • Temporarily closed due to Covid. Check back in July 2021 for updates.
  • Please contact your Ward or Stake Temple and Family History Consultant for remote assistance.

Holiday Schedule:

Closed Valentine's Day evening. Closed weeks containing Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year's Day, except by appointment.

Staff[edit | edit source]

  • Al & Barbara Cooley
  • Arleen Ellis
  • Bob Swan
  • Gail Ball
  • Jane Harshberger
  • John & Sue Rayfield
  • Jerilyn Selfaison
  • Valerie Abernethy

Regional Family History Centers[edit | edit source]

Classes/Training[edit | edit source]

  • Vacaville Family History Center
  • Staff and consultant training is generally the 1st Thursday of each month at 6:30 p.m.  Patrons welcome! Note: Staff training is currently paused due to Covid.
  • Oakland Regional Family History Center
  • Research Series Classes Online at Go to and select the “Learn” option or click here to go directly to the Learning Center
  • FamilySearch offers a variety of free online classes to help you search and compile your family tree. Whether you are just beginning your family history research or are an experienced genealogist, you can learn something new. These classes are taught by genealogy research consultants at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah, as well as experts from around the world. Most classes include a PDF handout that you can down to read and print.
  • You can view the list of classes or search for classes on a specific topic. Classes are categorized by Places, Subjects, Skill Levels, and Subject Languages.

Center Resources[edit | edit source]

Collections[edit | edit source]

  • FamilySearch Catalog: You may now submit your orders for Catalog films and fiche online using a debit, credit, or prepaid Visa or MasterCard or by using a PayPal account.
  • Large U.S. and Canada Microfiche Collection
  • Large U.S. Microfiche Collection of Cemetery Records and Vital Records
  • CA Death Index 1905-1994
  • Cemeteries of the U.S. by Gale Research, Inc. (A Guide to Contact Information for U.S. Cemeteries and their records.)
  • DAR Patriot Index
  • Florida Death Index 1877-1925, 1960-62, 1965-69
  • The Handbook by Everton Publishers
  • Italians to America, Volume 1, Edited by Ira A. Glazier and P. William Filby
  • Kentucky Genealogical Records & Abstracts Collection by Sherida K. Eddlemon
  • Land and Property Research by Ancestry
  • Missouri Genealogical Gleanings Collection by Sherida K. Eddlemon
  • New England Marriages Prior to 1700 by Clarence Almon Torrey
  • Redbook by Ancestry
  • U.S. Military Records by James C. Neagles

Databases and Software [edit | edit source]

  1. 19th Century British Library Newspaper Digital Archive
  2. Alexander Street Press - The American Civil War
  3. American Ancestors
  5. ArkivDigital Online
  6. FamNet
  7. Find My Past
  9. Geneanet
  10. Kinpoint
  11. My Heritage
  13. Paper Trail
  14. ProQuest Obituary Listings
  15. Puzzilla

Multimedia Center[edit | edit source]

Scan photos and transfer them to a flash drive or to a DVD.  You can also make printed copies.  Don't worry if you are not sure how to use any of the equipment, there are members of the Center staff who are trained and happy to help you!

  • networked computer workstations with printer access
  • microfilm readers - 2 with magnification lens
  • microfiche readers
  • microfiche/film scanner
  • flatbed scanner
  • printer

Local Resources[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

  • Vacaville Elmira Cemetery: 522 Elmira Rd, Vacaville, CA 95687
  • Suisun-Fairfield Cemetery Dist: 1707 Union Ave, Fairfield, CA 94533
  • Silveyville Cemetery District: 7661 Rio Dixon Rd, Dixon, CA 95620
  • Rockville Cemetery: 4219 Suisun Valley Rd, Suisun City, CA 94585
  • All Souls-St. Vincents Cemetery: 550 Glen Cove Pkwy, Vallejo, CA 94591

Libraries[edit | edit source]

Government[edit | edit source]

Census Records[edit | edit source]

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

  • 19th Century British Library Newspaper Digital Archive*
  • Access Newspaper Archive*
  • CA Digital Newspapers (1846-2011)
  • CA Historical Newspapers (1849-2007)
  • CA GenWeb Newspaper Information
  • Benicia Herald: 707-745-0733
  • Dixon Newspaper: 707 678-8917
  • Dixon Review: 916 678-7500
  • Dixon Tribune: 707 678-5594
  • Dixon Independent Voice:
  • Fairfield:
  • Travis Air Force Base: Tailwind:
  • Vacaville:
  • Vallejo: Times Herald:

*SUBSCRIPTION access at FamilySearch Centers

CAGenWeb[edit | edit source]

Societies[edit | edit source]

Genealogy Society of Vallejo-Benicia:
734 Marin Street
Vallejo, CA 94590

Solano County Genealogical Society:
610 E Main St
Vacaville, CA 95688
Phone: 707-446-6869

Solano County Historical Society:
610 East Main Street
Hours of Operation: Thursday 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. or by appointment

Heritage Council[edit | edit source]

Their collection includes over 6,000 photographs of Solano County, its people, and other areas dating as far back as the 1850's.

Vacaville Heritage Council   

Research Center Database Search

Old Town Hall
610 East Main Street
Vacaville, CA 95688
Phone: 707-447-0518

Historical Museums[edit | edit source]

Rio Vista Museum
16 N. Front Street
Rio Vista, California 94571
Phone: 707-374-5169

Vacaville Museum
213 Buck Avenue
Vacaville, CA 95688
(707) 447-4513

Other[edit | edit source]

Solano County History

National Resources[edit | edit source]

National Archives
Established in 1934 by President Franklin Roosevelt, the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) is the nation's record keeper

National Genealogical Society
The National Genealogical Society was organized in Washington, DC, in 1903.

UsGenWeb Project
Established in 1996, the website is organized by county and state, and provides you with links to all the state websites which, in turn, provide gateways to the counties.

Land Patent Search
Provides live access to Federal land conveyance records for the Public Land States, including image access to more than five million Federal land title records issued between 1820 and the present. They also have images related to survey plats and field notes, dating back to 1810.

Land and Record Reference
Provides research tools to locate historic land parcels.