Twin Falls Idaho Family History Center

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Twin Falls Family History Center

The Twin Falls Family History Center covers the Twin Falls and the western Magic Valley. Visitors are always welcome.

  • We have Spanish-speaking consultants on Tuesday and Wednesday, from 9:00 to 1:00, and Saturday 10:00 to 3:00. Tenemos consultores de habla española el martes, miércoles, sábado, 9:00-1:00.
Photos of our Family History Center

Center Contacts and Hours

Location

Contacts

Hours

  • Tuesday: 9:00 am-9:00 pm
  • Wednesday: 9:00 am-9:00 pm
  • Thursday: 9:00 am-9:00 pm
  • Saturday:10:00 am-3:00 pm
Tuesday 9:00 am 9:00 pm
Wednesday 9:00 am 9:00 pm
Thursday 9:00 am 9:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am 3:00 pm

Closed all major holidays

The center will be closed Saturday, May 26, 2018 for Memorial Day weekend.

Events Calendar and Announcements

Family History Center Class Schedule for July 2018

Thur. July 5, 7:00 pm -- How to Navigate in FamilySearch -- John Cox

Tues. July 10, 10:00 am -- Find Your Ancestors in Censuses -- Carl Edgar

Tues. July 10, 11:00 am -- Help with Your English Research -- Mary. Edgar

Wed. July 11, 10:00 am -- Maps for USA Census Boundaries 1790-1920 -- David Putnam

Wed. July 11, 6:00 pm -- Relativefinder.org, A Way to Find Some Remarkable Cousins -- Gary and Ardith Walker

Thur. July 12, 7:00 pm -- How to Add Sources to FamilySearch -- staff

Sat. July 14, 1:00 pm -- How to Organize Your Documents Using a Research Log -- David Putnam

Tues. July 17, 10:00 am -- Using FamilySearch to build Your Tree -- Carl Edgar

Tues. July 17, 7:00 pm -- How to Merge Duplicate Records -- Dennis Crawford

Wed. July 18, 6:00 pm -- Let us Help You Learn to do Indexing, Part 1 -- Vic Smith

Thur. July 19, 3:00 pm -- How to Write “Spotlights” about Family Relatives -- Miriam Austin

Thur. July 19, 7:00 pm -- How to Move Names from FamilySearch into ancestry.com -- John Cox

Tues. July 31, 10:00 am -- What do you want to know about your Family History? -- Mary Edgar

Group Reservations:

July 18, 7:00 - 9:00 p. m. - Twin Falls 1st ward, Twin Falls Stake

Consultant Training and Round table

Consultant training and Round table meetings are for all Temple and Family History Consultants, those working in the wards and those working at the Family History Center. The next meeting will be in August, 2018.. Usually it is on the fourth Tuesday of each month.

Center Resource Collections

  • FamilySearch Catalog:
  • The Twin Falls Family History Center has a book collection of over 2,000 books. The center also has a collection of about 1,000 microfilms on indefinite loan, and have notebooks with listings of the films and fiche. They also have a large microfiche collection.
  • The center has cemetery and many obituary records for Twin Falls and some surrounding communities. Volunteers can do obituary look-ups.
  • The center had a large number of city directories and phone books for Twin Falls and other regional towns. These were digitized in 2014 and can now be viewed at familysearch.org. See the Family History Library Catalog and look under the city or town - Directories. The center no longer has the actual city directory books.

Databases and Software

  • FHC Portal: This center has access to the Family History Center Portal page which gives free access in the center to premium family history software and websites that generally charge for subscriptions.
  • A number of the most popular personal pedigree programs have been installed on our computers.
  • The complete Pedigree Resource File is available in FamilySearch.org, under the Search tab, then Genealogies. This includes the notes.

Hardware and Equipment

  • 20+ computer stations.
  • Digital microfilm/fiche reader, plus conventional readers.
  • There is one large computer classroom with eighteen computers. There is a separate classroom/training room with four computer terminals and desks where you can plug in laptops, tablets, etc.
  • Completely handicapped accessible.

Center Services

Staff Research Specialties

  • BSA - Genealogy merit badge - There is a class offered as part of the Discovery Day whenever it is scheduled at the family history center.
  • English (England) Research Specialist - Mary Edgar - Tuesdays, 9 a. m. - 1:00 p. m.
  • German - Larry Kohntopp - Tuesdays 1:00 - 5:00 p. m.
  • New England - David Putnam Jr. - Tuesday and Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., also Saturdays 10 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Scandinavian - Brian Halling - On some Thursday evenings. Please call the center to see if he will be available.
  • Scandinavian - Ross Gedeborg - contact him at home 208-969-0034 or by email at ross@gedeb.org
  • Spanish - David Putnam Jr. - Saturdays 10 a. m. - 3:00 p. m.


Resources in the Local Area

Twin Falls Public Library

201 4th Ave. East

Twin Falls, ID 83301

208-733-2964

They have the ancestry.com library program, it's free to use at the library.

They have a local history room on the main floor, with a good collection of books relating to the Twin Falls area.

The Twin Falls newspaper, now called the Times News, has good search features. The Twin Falls newspapers have all been digitized from the beginning.


Volunteer at the Center

There are many opportunities to serve at the Twin Falls Family History Center. The only requirement is a desire to serve, no experience with family history is necessary. Volunteering is a great way to learn. If you are interested in helping out please contact the Twin Falls Family History Center, at 208.733.8073. We look forward to serving with you.