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Third Thursday Brown Bag

18 May 2017

Getting Started with DNA: What Company? What Test?

Expert Lise Embley will introduce the three basic kinds of DNA tests (Autosomal, yDNA, mtDNA),

the pros and cons of the four testing companies (Ancestry, FamilyTreeDNA, 23andMe, MyHeritage),

and strategies for using DNA to further your family history research.

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
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

Google Translate for Genealogy

Thursday, November 17, noon

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

RootsMagic User Group

November 17, 2016 - 10:00 am  

Topic TBA

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 can order it online at  If you need help with Online Film Ordering, stop by the FHC and we’ll help. You'll get an e-mail notification when the film arrives.

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