Brigham Young University-Idaho Family History Center

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FamilySearch This article describes the services and resources available at a Family History Center, a branch facility of the Family History Library.


The Brigham Young University-Idaho Family History Center (BYU-I FHC) serves the 3 Rexburg Idaho Married Student Stakes and 8 Rexburg YSA Stakes with their 111 wards.  Non-student patrons from the area usually go to the Rexburg Idaho MulitStake Family History Center but are welcome to come to use our unique resources, if desired.

Center Contacts and Hours

Location & Map:

Family History Center:  David O. McKay Library, 2nd floor-east wing, BYU-Idaho, Rexburg Idaho
Family History Help Sessions: Sunday, Manwaring Center Crossroads
Family History Center address:  Brigham Young Univerisy-Idaho, McKay Library-Family History Center, 525 Center St.-0406, Rexburg, Idaho 83460-0406

     Click here to locate the FHC on Google Maps.

Parking on campus is by permit only from 7:00 am - 4:00 pm.  Parking on the streets with-in 2 blocks of campus is by city permit only from 8:00 am - 5:00 pm.  There are a few visitor stalls around campus for visitors, these do not require a permit.  If you will be coming often you can obtain a visitors permit that will allow you to park in any of the parking lots.

To find the family history center enter the north door of the David O. McKay Library, go up one flight of stairs, walk past the end of the bookselves, turn right along the wall, the Family History Center will be on your right, in an alcove, as you walk along the bookself.

Phone: 208-496-9536


Open Hours:

Family History Center
Monday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday - Thursday: 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday: 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Family History Help Sessions
Sunday: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm for Individuals or groups
Location: Manwaring Center Crossroads - South Side
Special Group Training - Smith Building Room 440
Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday nights 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm by appointment only. Call 208-496-9536

Exceptions to the Schedule:

Close for New Years: Mon, Tue, & Sat, January 1-2 & 5, 2013
Shortened hours, Wed & Thur, January 3-4, 2013, 10:00 am - 4:30 pm
Shortened hours: Monday, January 20, 10:15 am - 5:00 pm
Shortened hours: Monday, Febuary 18, 10:15 am - 5:00 pm
Closed: Sat & Sun, Apr 6 & 7, LDS General Conference
Shortened hours: Mon-Fri, April 15-19, 2013, Semester Break
Closed: Saturday, April 20, 2013 Semester Break

Calendar and Events

Upcoming Events

     Rexburg Idaho MulitStake Family Search Center Mini-Conference
Saturday, March 9, 2012. 
    More information call: 208-656-3273

Class Schedule

  • None scheduled at the present time.

Staff Training Meetings

  • Twice a month

Center Resources


  • Family History Library Catalog: Patons can order microfilm and microfiche online at,, and have them delivered to the BYU-Idaho Family History Center where they can view them on the microfilm/microfiche reader.
  • FHC Microfilm/Microfiche Search: You may determine which microfilm and microfiche the center has on indefinite loan by typing the film/fiche number into this search.
  • Family History Books: Many library books, dealing with family history, are located in the FHC. There a "How to" books, "Where to find information" books, Gazatters and maps,  etc. Other genealogy books are located in the holdings of the library.
  • Local Newspapers: The library's collection of microfilms of local newspapers are available at the FHC. Newspapers are a valuable genealogical resource for finding obituaries, marriage notices, and miscelaneous articles.

Databases and Software

  • Even though this center does not have access to the Family History Center Portal page the University has subscriptions to premium family history software and websites that can be used when on campus.
  • BYU-Idaho Family History Website: " | click Quick Links | click Library | click Family History." This page gives links to the databases available on campus such as (click "Other Sites (Click for List)" to see the list. There are many links to unique family history databases.  Also, check out the tabs at the top of the page: Home, Campus Records, Southeast Idaho, Western States, LDS Historic Resource, and Family History.
  • McKay Library Guides - Family History: "  | click Quick Links | click Library | click Research Guides | click Family History." Family History Helps and Sources and links to helpful resources for the BYU-Idaho Regional Family History Center patrons.

Hardware and Equipment

  • Computers: (12-Windows 7, 1-Windows XP):  In addition to normal software the FHC computers have the following Family History software installed:
    a) Personal family history record management programs:
    RootsMagic, Ancestral Quest,  Legacy Family Tree, PAF and FamilyInsight,
    b) AniMap - Used to find territories, states, and county boundaries over the years. Can plot a town and see which counties it was in over the years.
    c) IrfanView - free image editing software
    d) ParLoc3 - a program to locate parishes in Great Britain
    e) Pedigree Resource File - Pedigree charts submitted by members and non-members over the years (also available online at
  • Additional Computers: McKay Lab 40 (about 60-Windows XP computers) and classroom 50 (32-Windows XP computers): Available on Sundays and by appointment in the evenings.
  • Microfilm readers and scanner - There are two manual microfilm readers, two electrical microfilm/microfiche reader/scanners, one electrical microfilm/microfiche reader and one microfiche reader. We have added a new ST ViewScan scanner reader that is fast and provides very good images.
  • Flatbed scanners: There are two flatbed scanners for scanning pictures and documents to store on a flash drive as a digital image. The images can then be attached to records in RootsMagic, etc.
  • Digital camera: There is a digital camera in the metal cabinet that missionaries can use to help you take a picture of a microfilm frame and download it to a flash drive as a digital image.
  • Printer: Access to a library printer which can print from the FHC computers ($.04 per sheet), copy documents ($.04 per sheet), and scan documents and photos and email them (free) in PDF, tiff or jpeg formats.

Center Services

Staff Research Specialties

Individuals specializing in the following countries and/or languages are available: Denmark, England, French, German, Ireland, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norway, Polynesia, Russian, Scotland, Spanish, Spanish (Peru), Swedish, Wales. A list of contact information is available at the FHC.

Since we are on the University campus we have access to students from many areas of the world that can help read or write many different langauges. 

Resources in the Local Area

Remember to check local libraries, courthouses, archives, historical societies, churches, and cemeteries where your ancestors lived for records relating to your ancestral families.


BYU-Idaho FHC web presence:

Volunteer at the Center

The BYU-Idaho FHC accepts a limited number of student and community volunteers. Contact the family histoy center directors, at the center for more information.