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Hayden Lake Idaho Family History Center

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Center Contacts and Hours[edit | edit source]

Location Map:


  • 2293 W Hanley Ave, Coeur D'Alene, Idaho 83814 United States
  • Entrance is at west end of the building.


  • 1-208-765-0150



Open Hours:

  • Monday:10:00am-5:00pm*
  • Tuesday:10:00am-9:00pm*
  • Wednesday:10:00am-9:00pm
  • Thursday:10:00am-9:00pm

Just a reminder the Hayden Lake Family History Center will not be open Monday, October 1st, and Tuesday, October 2nd for carpet cleaning. We will open again Wednesday, October 3th at 10 am and looking forward to serving you then. While we are closed, it is an opportune time to explore FamilySearch App Gallery or Wiki, The Family History Guide or watch some of the wonderful classes from RootsTech.

In the event of extreme winter weather: If the schools close because of bad weather, the FHC will also close: It is a good idea to call before you come to the Center during these times, to be sure we are open.

Calendar and Events[edit | edit source]

Family History Discovery Day, Saturday, October 27th[edit | edit source]

Come join us on Saturday, October 27th, for our annual fall seminar!

2293 W. Hanley, Coeur d'Alene, Idaho

We have a variety of class subject to help all skill levels. We will also have a Media Help Room where you can get help downloading the FamilySearch apps, using your phone camera to take picture and more.  Lunch will be provided from 12:00

to 2:00, running simultaneously with several classes. This event is free and pre-registration is appreciated to give us an

estimate for meals and class sizes, THANK YOU!

We have several ways you can register:

Online at

Call or Visit the FHC at 208-765-0150: Mon 10 am to 5 pm; Tues, Wed, or Thurs 10 am to 9 pm.

Or mail your completed registration form (click here to download) to Hayden Lake FHC c/0 Pam Duce, P.O. Box 764, Rathdrum, Idaho 83858.

Doors will open at 9:00 am.  If you have pre-registered, please check in at the desk.  If you have not pre-registered, allow extra time to register at the event.  We will begin introductions at about 9:50 am.

General Session, Let The Games Begin, will begin at 10 am.  Games of our childhood that have prepared us to do family history. And fun ways to share and explore our family history with loved ones of all ages.

11:00 am - 11:50 am Session A[edit | edit source]

Beginning Family History - Connie Godak will help you get started right, learn the basics in recording and searching your tree.

Finding Your Elusive Female Ancestors - Zooey Byram show us how to research our female relatives and overcome the hurdles of name changes and more.

Digitizing Made Easing with Family Click & Slide Click - Pamela Dittmar will demonstrate how to take quality photos with your phone using the Family Click & Slide Click..  After the presentation, the Family Click & Slide Click will be available in the Media Room.

Indexing: Fuel the Find - Pam Duce - Learn the basics of Indexing to help make records searchable.  Sign up online or at the FHC to attend one of the Indexing Labs (space is limited) to put your new skills into practice.

12:00 pm - 12:50 pm - Session B[edit | edit source]

Choosing a DNA Test - Cathy George will teach you about the types of DNA tests and they might provide the information you are seeking.

Google Photos - Rhonda Budvarson loves Google Photos and will show you how easy it is to organize and share our precious photos.

Sharing Our Family Stories - Pamela Dittmar has experience how wonderful sharing our stories can be and will give you insight on sharing your own story.

Searching Digital Newspapers - Pam Duce will show you how newspaper research differs from databases like FamilySearch and Ancestry and where we can access digital newspapers.

1:00 pm - 1:50 pm - Session C[edit | edit source]

DNA Done...Now What? - Tami Wengeler explains how to interpret our DNA results and understand our matches.

Researching Military Histories - Sandy Doutre finding our ancestors through their military legacies.

The Family History Guide: Lessons - Tammy Lively will show how to access and utilize the lessons found in the guide to advance our genealogical skills.

You Found It Where? Part 1 - Denise Hughes will show us the thousands of organizations around the world house materials that can enable researchers in furthering their ancestry.  Learn about organization types, how to identify those pertinent to your research needs, and ways to access their collections. Part 1 will be an introduction to a broad range of organizations & how to access their resources.

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm - Session D[edit | edit source]

Organizing Records - Cathy George will help us organize the wealth of information that comes with researching our ancestors.

Daughters of the American Revolution: Website & Membership - Louisa Durkin will introduce you to the DAR website and years of historical research it contains.

The Family History Guide: Research - Tammy Lively will introduce us to the resource contained in the guide to research and even share our family history.

You Found It Where? Part 2 - In Part 2 Denise Hughes will focus on some European & British Isles resources.  Note: If you are researching in other countries, Part 1 of this presentation can be very helpful to you.

Tuesday Evening Classes - 6 pm[edit | edit source]

September 4th Family History Basics - Are you just starting your family history or maybe just want to refresh your memory? This class will discuss basic terms, recording standards, record-keeping options and available sources.

September 11th - Cyber Cemeteries - From Find-A-Grave to the Political Graveyard, we'll explore online tools for finding final resting places of our ancestors.

September 18th - DNA - Introduction -  Tami Wengeler will help us understand DNA and it role in Family History. She will teach the second part on the 25th, this class will help make next week easier to follow.

September 25th - DNA - What Now? - Tami Wengeler will present the second part of her DNA double header. She will help up understand our DNA results and connections.

October 2nd - No Class

October 9th - Pre-Computer Databases Are Still Helpful - Connie Godak will help us discover information that sometimes is overlooked but can yield invaluable details and clues.

Thursday Brown Bag Lunch Series - Noon[edit | edit source]

September 6th - FamilySearch: The Tree & Me - An overview of the tree and features of the person page. Feel free to bring a lunch.

September 13th - Searching FamilySearch Records & Attaching with Source Linker  - Finding sources on FamilySearch and attaching them to our ancestors in the tree.

September 20th - FamilySearch Memories - Learn to navigate FamilySearch Memories and how to share photographs, audios and stories on FamilySearch. Bring a sack lunch, if you like.

September 27th - FamilySearch To Go - An introduction and demonstration of the Family Tree and Memories Apps. These allow to access, edit, research and source FamilySearch using your mobile devices. 

October 4th - Analyzing Handwritten Documents - Come learn to decipher handwriting, common spelling and dating variations to make understanding handwritten documents easier.  Instructor - Pam Duce 

Consultant Training Meetings[edit | edit source]

Start time is 6 pm. We invite all Family History Consultants and FHC Staff to come learn and share.[edit | edit source]

September 27th -

Center Resources[edit | edit source]

Collections[edit | edit source]

  • Resource books, genealogical periodicals, and more.

Databases and Software[edit | edit source]

Hardware and Equipment[edit | edit source]

  • 14 online computers
  • 4 microfilm readers
  • 1 microfiche reader
  • 1 microfilm/fiche scanner printer
  • Lexmark scanner/printer

Center Services[edit | edit source]

Staff Research Specialties[edit | edit source]

We have staff that specialize in Daughters of the American Revolution, Swedish, German, and Early American research.

Resources in the Local Area
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Volunteer at the Center[edit | edit source]

We are currently looking for volunteers for Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday : 2-6 and 6-9