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Williamsburg Virginia Family History Center

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Evening Closures

The Williamsburg Family History Center will be closed the following evenings:

22, 23, 24, 29, 30 & 31 August 2017

We are sorry for any inconveniences. We will be open during regular morning hours:

22, 24, 26, 29 & 31 August 2017

Summer Closures

22 June 2017

4-8 July 2017

We are sorry for any inconveniences. Please visit us during other operating hours.

Also please visit us on Facebook @ Williamsburg Family History Center for updates, information and closures.

Third Thursday Brown Bag

21 September 2017

DNA Round 2: Getting Started with GEDMatch

Lise Embley will demonstrate the basics of using the DNA sharing site GEDMatch.

No reservations required. Please join us at 2017 Newman Road in Williamsburg, VA 23188.

Williamsburg Virginia Family History Center
2017 Newman Road

Williamsburg, VA 23188
757-220-0266 during operating hours
757-232-1417 when center is not open

Map to the Williamsburg Family History Center
Tues:    9:30am - 12:30pm and 6:30pm to 9pm
Wed: 6:30pm – 9:00pm
 Thur:    9:30am – 12:30pm and
6:30 to 9pm
2nd, 4th, and 5th Sat:
9:30am – 12:30pm
CLOSED 1st and 3rd Saturdays
Family History Center Pages


Handouts From Prior Events
FHC Building

Williamsburg VA FHC Entrance.jpg
Entrance to the Williamsburg Family History Center - Take the left hallway after you enter the building.

NOTICE: Our hours have changed! Effective August 2016, we will no longer be open on the first and third Saturdays of each month. Please see the info box for our new hours.

Upcoming Events

See our Events page for more details.

Third Thursday Brown Bag

See the Events page to learn more about sessions and presenters.

RootsMagic User Group


Recent Presentations

Click on the presentation title to view and print the handout. Documents are in PDF format.

For more handouts, see our Presentation Handouts page.

September 2016 - [[::Media:2016-09 Poznan Project German and Polish Marriage Index.pdf|Poznan Project - Polish and German Marriage Index, 1800-1899]]

August 2016 - Finding Williamsburg/James City County Ancestors

July 2016 - Collection-specific Search Strategies


Our Family History Center features:

  • Personal assistance
  • Informative lectures and events
  • Lexmark multi-function printer/scanner with direct scan to FamilySearch Family Tree
  • Access to 2.3 million rolls of microfilm through the Salt Lake Family History Library
  • ScanPro digital film/fiche reader
  • Story Catcher interactive video interview terminal
  • NMI 2020 microfilm readers
  • Canon Lide flatbed scanner
  • Wifi access
  • 5 computer workstations

Our computer workstations provide free access to subscription genealogy websites including:

  • Access Newspaper Archive
  • American Civil War Online
  • ArkivDigital online (Swedish church records)
  • findmypast (UK/Ireland/US/World Research, PERSI)
  • (US National Archives records)
  • (includes WorldVitalRecords and Mocavo data)
  • ProQuest Obituary Collection
  • 19th Century British Newspapers

Check out our ScanPro 2000 digital microfilm/fiche reader! The reader, and its accompanying computer, printer, and scanner represent top-of-the-line technology for viewing, printing, and saving images from FamilySearch microfilms and fiche.

If you’ve never used microfilm before in your research, take five minutes to learn how to use the FamilySearch Catalog. Go to and click on Learn. A short video shows you how to use a Place Search or Last Name Search to locate microfilms that might be helpful to you in your research.

Once you find a film that you’d like to view, you may be able to view a copy of it at our center.

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