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, Wednesday, Saturday, from 9:00 to 1:00. 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
  • thusday:9:00am-9:00pm
  • Saturday:10:00am-3:00pm
Tuesday 9:00 am 9:00 pm
Wednesday 9:00 am 9:00 pm
thusday 9:00 am 9:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am 3:00 pm

Closed all major holidays

Events Calendar and Announcements

November 2017 Classes

Tues. Nov. 28 10:00 am Creative Approaches to Solving Research Problems Mary Edgar

Tues. Nov. 28 6:00 pm Questions and Answers on Family Tree and Otherwise Carl Edgar

Tues, Nov. 28 7:00 pm Consultants' Roundtable – Christmas Gifts You can Make staff

Wed. Nov. 29 11:00 am Merging Records in familysearch.org staff

Thur Nov. 30 7:00 pm Workshop - Putting Audio Items on familysearch.org. Carl Edgar

December 2017 Classes

Tues. Dec. 5 9:30 am Making Sure it is Your Family on familysearch.org. Mary Edgar

Wed. Dec. 6 11:00 am Great Treasures to be Found in U.S. Census Records staff

Thur. Dec. 7 7:00 pm Cemetery Records are Abundant – How to find them easily Carl Edgar

Sat. Dec. 9 12:00 noon How to Start a Family Search Tree Tree with ancestry.com Carl Edgar

Sat. Dec. 9 1:00 pm How to Start a Free Family Tree with familysearch.org Carl Edgar

Tues. Dec. 12 10:00 am How to get help as you do your Family History Work Mary Edgar

Accessing Guides along the Way

Tues. Dec. 12 2:00 pm Rekindle Your Indexing Skills for the New Year J. Merkley

Thur. Dec. 14 7:00 pm Sources Available for Do-it-yourself Learning Carl Edgar

The Family History Center will be open Dec. 19, 20, and 21, and will be closed Sat. Dec. 23, and Dec. 26-30, re-opening on Jan. 2, 2018.

SLC FHL – always updates to current month:

(printable .PDF) [1] (This link is not currently working. See the Family History Library's link on the internet.)

BYU FHL Webinars - See Wiki page for the BYU Provo family history center

(printable .PDF) [2] (This link is not currently working. See the BYU Family History Center link on the internet.)

Consultant Training Schedule

Consultant Training and Roundtable

Consultant training and Roundtable are for all Family History Consultants, as well as those who work at the Family History Center.

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 them. 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.
  • Separate classroom/training and research areas.
  • Completely handicapped accessible.

Center Services

Staff Research Specialties

  • BSA - Genealogy merit badge - There is a class offered as part of the annual Discovery Day 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.
  • Scandinavian Research Specialist - Brian Halling- thusday evenings
  • 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.