Soldotna Alaska 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.


Come visit our newly remodeled Center. Discover, gather and connect your family history. Explore the world's largest collection of free family trees, genealogy records and resources on a global leader in fun, online family history services with billions of indexed records along with free expert 24/7 phone support.

Our volunteer consultants are eager to offer one on one assistance to help with your family history and genealogical needs.

CENTER CONTACTS HOURS (Due to COVID 19 the Soldotna Stake Temple & Family History and Resource Center is closed until further Notice)[edit | edit source]



  • 159 West Marydale Ave., Suite 8, Soldotna, Alaska, 99669, United States
  • Entrance to the Soldotna Family History Center is located at the back of the parking lot near the satellite dish


  • 1-907-262-3581



Open Hours:

  • Tuesday:11:00am-2:00pm and 6:00pm-8:00pm
  • Wednesday:11:00am-2:00pm and 6:00pm-8:00pm
  • Thursday:11:00am-2:00pm and 6:00pm-9:00pm.

The Soldotna Family History Center will be closed:

Holidays: New Years, July 4, Halloween, Thanksgiving

Last two weeks of May and December

For Special Appointments Contact:

Director: Christine Forbes 907-252-5767

Assistant: Kimberly Jones 907-252-2996

CALENDAR AND EVENTS[edit | edit source]

Upcoming Events[edit | edit source]

  • Soldotna Stake "Heart Attack" February 1-28, 2021. Contact Director for details.
  • RootsTech Genealogy Event hosted by Family Search is on February 25-27, 2021. Full event is a free virtual experience available at

Class Schedule[edit | edit source]

  • There is a Personal and Family History Writing Class that meets weekly via Zoom Tuesdays at 10am. This class is for all skill levels and is taught by Emily Warner. Please contact her for the Zoom link and more information (801) 520-5073

Staff Training Meetings[edit | edit source]

Contact Director more information about staff training meetings and for individual on going training.

Center Resources[edit | edit source]

Databases and Software all free to use in the Center[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.
  • The 19th Century British Library Newspapers digital archive—
  • This fully searchable database of the British Library's newspaper holdings provides a complete run of 48 national and regional Victorian British newspapers for the 19th century from 1800 to 1900. These support the study of colonial history, genealogical research, politics, urban studies, and media courses.
  • Access Newspaper Archives—
  • " is the world's largest online newspaper archive. Featuring billions of articles from historical newspapers around the U.S. and the world, NewspaperARCHIVE makes exploring history and genealogy easy and fun. Discover fascinating news in archived newspapers hundreds of years old—including obituaries, birth announcements, sports articles, comics, and more—to fill in the life stories you are interested in. And share those stories with others through our community at Our NewspaperARCHIVE. All of our historical newspapers are full-page and fully searchable. Try exploring the above site, and discover your history today!"
  • Alexander Street Press, American Civil War—
    • Research Data: Contains indexed, searchable information on over 4 million soldiers and thousands of battles, together with 15,000 photographs.
    • Letters and Diaries: Contains approximately 100,000 indexed pages of diaries, letters, and memoirs, including 4,000 pages of previously unpublished manuscripts, such as the letters of Amos Wood and his wife and the diary of Maryland planter William Claytor.
    • Images, Photographs, Posters, and Ephemera: Provides a vivid history of the American Civil War with over 1,400 images.
    • Social and Cultural History: Personal accounts of well-known historical figures.
    • Women and Social Movements in the United States: Organized around the history of women in social movements in the United States between 1600 and 2000 A.D.
  • American Ancestors—
  • Advance your family history research today with! Created by the expert staff at New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS), America's founding genealogical organization, is the portal to the nation's leading resource for the highest-quality, comprehensive family history services. Consult with our expert staff, some of the most respected genealogists in the profession. Read the most significant original scholarship and important publications in genealogy. Access millions of exclusive and sought-after records online. Learn with in-depth online courses and webinars from expert staff. Explore the largest collection of original family history research materials in America.
  •— Ancestry gives you access to thousands of collections of records from around the world, including immigration, census, voter, vital, and military records; newspapers and periodicals; family trees; photos and images; directories, maps, court records, land records, wills and financial records, stories, memories, and histories; and detailed records about births, marriages, deaths, land ownership, and much more. It is the largest for-profit genealogy company in the world.
  • ArkivDigital Online ArkivDigital is the largest private provider of Swedish Church Records and other historical records online! All images are newly photographed color images of the original documents. Click the link from the Premium Family History Websites page to install the current client version of ArkivDigital Online.
  • FamNet— The online family history network for those who have New Zealand roots.
  • findmypast— findmypast makes it easy to research your UK ancestry and create your family tree. Search census records and trace births, marriages, and deaths to bring your family history to life. Please note that not all of the content from findmypast is available in family history centers.
  • 1911 British Census (accessed through the findmypast website)—The 1911 UK Census is a record of everyone who lived in England and Wales in 1911. It provides a unique snapshot of the lives of those who lived at that time.
  • Fold3 (formerly– Search or browse millions of historical documents and photos. Fold3 has refocused their efforts on gathering the best online collection of military records and stories. The Fold3 name reflects military history and honor, since traditionally, the third fold in a flag-folding ceremony honors and remembers veterans for their sacrifice in defending their country and promoting peace in the world.
  • Geneanet— With 3 billion referenced individuals and 600,000 trees online, Geneanet is the first site dedicated to genealogy in France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Sweden, and Germany. The Geneanet community has 2 million members who exchange genealogical information.
  • Kinpoint Premium— Kinpoint is designed to make it easier for you to do your family history by letting you see what to work on at a glance, quickly find missing information in your family tree, and discover insights into the lives of your ancestors.
  • MyHeritage—Library Edition— Used by millions of people worldwide to help research family history, build a family tree, and add photos, historical records, and more.
  • Paper Trail— Provides access to 19th-century westward American migration documents.
  • Obituaries in Newspapers—ProQuest Library The ProQuest obituaries collection is a premier resource for genealogical and historical research. You can use the collection to search obituaries and death notices from prominent newspapers, such as the New York Times (dating back to 1851). The collection includes both famous and lesser-known individuals and can be searched by name or by keywords appearing in the body of the article.
  • Puzzilla— Premium Services.

Hardware and Equipment

  • 4 New Touchscreen Computers with Windows 10
  • 1 Laptop
  • Printer
  • 2 Scanners
  • KODAK SCANZA Digital Film & Slide Scanner – Converts 35mm, 126, 110, Super 8 & 8mm Film Negatives & Slides to JPEG – Includes Large Tilt-Up 3.5” LCD, Easy-Load Film Inserts, Adapters & More

Center Services[edit | edit source]

  • Volunteer Consultants are eager to provide one on one assistance with your family history needs and genealogical quest.

Staff Research Specialties[edit | edit source]

Resources in the Local Area[edit | edit source]

  • Totem Tracers Genealogical Society

Links[edit | edit source]

Visit our Facebook page for weekly posts

Links[edit | edit source]

  • FamilySearch Research Wiki: What It Can Do For You!: A comprehensive video presentation explaining the Wiki, navigating it, and some especially useful pages. Case studies demonstrate using the Wiki for genealogical research. Editing and adding articles to the Wiki are covered.

Volunteer at the Center[edit | edit source]

  • The Soldotna Stake Temple & Family History and Resource Center is a fantastic place to learn about and share genealogical insights. To become a volunteer call 907-262-3581 during operation hours.