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

Events Calendar and Announcements

Family History Center Class Schedule - April 2018
Tues. May 1, 2 PM: Getting Started on Your Family Tree Beginner The Edgars
Thu. May 3, 7 PM: The Wiki: A Very Useful Tool to Help You Intermediate John Cox
Sat. May 5, 1 PM: Ways to Organize Your Family Photos Intermediate Elder Mecham
Tues. May 8, 10 AM How to Write the Story of an Ancestor Intermediate Kohntopps
Wed. May 9, 10 AM LDS Ward Records : Finding & Searching Intermediate D. Putnam
Thu. May 10, 7 PM: Finding and Using Newspapers Intermediate John Cox
Sat. May 11, 1 PM: Getting Started at Indexing Beginner Elder Mecham
Tues. May 15, 10 AM: Discover, Gather, Connect: A New Look at Organizing Your Family History Beginner Mary Edgar
Tues. May 15, 7 PM: Learn how to use americanancestors.com Beginner The Crawfords
Wed. May 16, 10 AM: United States Probate Records Intermediate FHL webinar
Thu. May 17, 7 PM: How to Find Ancestors in U.S.Censuses Beginner Carl Edgar
Sat. May 19, 1 PM: Help with Searching Records of Latin America Beginner D. Putnam
Tues. May 22, 10 AM: Workshop: Work on Writing Your History Beginner staff
Tues. May 29, 6 PM: Bring Your Questions Beginner Carl Edgar
Tues. May 29, 7 PM: Consultants' Round Table – Family Items: Games, Facebook, and Other Activities Consultants staff
Wed. May 30, 5:30 PM: The Blessings you can receive from doing Family History Work -Bring Your Thoughts Beginner staff

Wed., May 9, 7-8:30 p. m. Thirteenth Ward, Twin Falls Stake - four visitors and two leaders. Also Eleventh Ward, twenty visitors and four leaders.

Wed., May 16, 7-8:30 p. m. Twelfth ward, Twin Falls West Stake - sixteen visitors and four leaders.

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. Please join us 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 - Jeanette Gailey - Wednesdays from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
  • 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 Research Specialist - Brian Halling - On some Thursday evenings. Please call the center to see if he will be available.
  • Scandinavian Research Specialist - Ross Gedeborg - contact him at home 208-969-0034 or by email at ross@gedeb.org


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.