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The Marin County Genealogical Society Research Library resides at the San Rafael Family History Center.

In a joint partnership, MCGS supplied the library and FHC provided the facilities, including computers and readers for microfiche and microfilm. All are for public use. Click here for more about the San Rafael Family History Center.

The Office/Library Room is home to our books, a printer/scanner and a photocopy stand using one's camera.

The Reader Room contains microfilm and microfiche and their “readers”. This room also houses the periodicals and the California Collection, including Marin County plus a flatbed scanner.

The Computer Room houses computers but no library materials. The computers are available for accessing the internet, including many premium family history websites available for free  through the FHC.  CDs that are part of the library collection may used by appointment only.

The following resources are also available: 

Library Catalog
Microfilm and Services

Lending Cart and Free Items

Procedure for Scanning Pages to a pdf


The following sites are available for free use at the San Rafael Family History Center:

  • 19th Century British Library Newspaper Digital Archive

  • Alexander Street Press
  • American Ancestors
  • Ancestry.com Institution Versions: U.S. / Australia / Canada / Germany / Sweden / United Kingdom
  • ArkivDigital
  • Famnet
  • Findmypast
  • Fold3
  • Geneanet
  • Irish Ancestors
  • MyHeritage Library Edition - includes World Vital Records
  • NewspaperArchive
  • Puzzilla - Premium Services

For more information, visit the Family History Library page that describes these resources. 


Experienced volunteers from the San Rafael Family History Center are  available during these hours to assist with genealogical research.

The San Rafael Family History Center will reopen on August 16, 2022 after a hiatus due to Covid-19 restrictions.

Day Hours
Sunday Closed
Monday Closed
Tuesday  10 am - 2 pm
Thursday  3 pm - 7 pm
Friday  Closed
Saturday Closed

Holiday Closures 2022:

  • Nov. 22
  • Nov 24
  • Dec 20
  • Dec 22
  • Dec. 27
  • Dec 29


The MCGS Research Library is located in the San Rafael Family History Center at

220 North San Pedro Rd,
San Rafael, CA   94903

The MCGS Library is free and open to the public.  

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