Burley Idaho Family History Center/Resources

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Family History

224 East 14th Street

Burley, Idaho 83318 1-208-878-7286


Sunday 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Closed 1st Sunday of each month)
Monday 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Friday 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Saturday Closed (Groups by appointment)
Location and Directions
Hours and Holiday Schedule
Classes and Class Schedules
Quickstart Guides and Class Handouts
Research Specialists

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The Burley Family History Center Provides Many Resources for Genealogical Research

Computers and Internet Access

The library has 12 desktop computers in the main library area, with an additional 10 computers in training room to accommodate hands-on instruction. All library computers have Internet access. Personal laptops can also be connected to the Internet. Many helpful research resources are available from the desktop of the library computers and include free use of many subscription websites, use of popular data management programs, and direct Internet links to other resources.

Free Subscription Websites

The library provides free use of several family history research websites that normally require a subscription fee for access. These include PAF, Roots Magic, Legacy, Ancestry Quest, Family Search, Family Tree. Research Websites - Ancestry.com, Findmypast, MyHeritage, World Vital Records.com, 19th Century British Library Newspaper Digital Archive, Access Newspaper Archive, Alexander Street Press (The American Civil War), ArkivDigital Online, Fold3.com, Historic Map Works Library Edition, LegacyStories, Paper Trail, Who Do You Think You Are? Stories, Puzzilla Premium Edition, and ProQuest Obituaries.

Printers, Scanners, and Copiers

The library is equipped with several printers and copiers that are available to patrons for a minimal charge. Black and white copying is offered. Many printing and copying options are available to assist in document preservation and recording. Temple ordinance cards can also be printed at the library.  There is a special copier/scanner that will scan images and upload them directly into your FamilySearch account in the "Memories" section.  We also have a slide scanner for scanning 35 mm slides and negatives, and 8 mm movie film for making still digital images. There is audio equipment for digitizing recordings from cassette or other sources as well as a high quality microphone for making to recording to be uploaded to FamilySearch. In addition there is equipment for digitizing home movies from VCR cassettes, DVD, or camcorders.

Books and Other Printed Material

The library contains over 15,000 print books which cover many aspects of genealogical research including records from all of the United States and many foreign countries.  

Microfilm Readers and Microfilm

The library is equipped with five microfilm readers as well as microfilm microfiche copier/scanner/printer that has the capability to print images or save them in digital format.   The library has a collection of films including Oakley Eagle and Oakley Herald Newspapers, 3 & 4 generation records between 1965 & 1976, 600 LDS Films, Wards, ordinances, immigration, Nauvoo, Endowment House, Baptisms and Endowments. Most other microfilms can now be viewed online through the FamilySearch Catalog.

Local Collections

  • Burley Public LibraryNewspaper Digital Archive including:
    • Burley Bulletin (1919-1939)   12,604 Pages
    • Burley Herald (1919-1940)   11,785 Pages
    • Rupert Pioneer Record (1908-1923)   6,151 Pages
    • Rupert Pioneer (1905-1908)   1,064 Pages
    • Cassia County Courier (1920-1922)   1,038 Pages
    • Southern Idaho Advocate(1913-1914)   425 Pages
  • Microfiche collection Including Oakley Herald 1911-1961.
  • Obituaries 1987-present from Cassia and Minidoka counties. Some obituaries prior to 1987.
  • Cemetery records, Albion Valley Cemetery to 1970, Declo Cemetery to 2005, Marion Cemetery to 2010, Oakley Cemetery, Valley Vu cemetry 1863-2005
  • Minidoka County marriage records from its inception in 1913 through 2000.

Class Instruction

Select “Classes and Class Schedules” from the library menu above for details.

Personal Assistance

The library has a staff of volunteer workers available to assist patrons. They can provide personal help with the many aspects of genealogical research and record keeping.