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 4 Rexburg Idaho Married Student Stakes and 8 Rexburg YSA Stakes with their 121 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:


  • 525 Center St Mailstop 0405 McKay Library Rexburg Idaho 83460-0406 United States
  • Family History Center David O. McKay Library, 2nd floor-east wing, BYU-Idaho, Rexburg Idaho
  • Family History Help Sessions: Sunday, Manwaring Center Crossroads
  • McKay Library-Family History Center
  • Parking on campus is by permit only from 7:00am-4:00pm.
  • 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 book shelves, turn right along the wall.
  • The Family History Center will be on your right, in an alcove, as you walk along the book shelves.


  • 1-208-496-9536



Regualr Hours:

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

Sunday Help Sessions

  • Sunday: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm for Individuals or groups
  • Location: Manwaring Center Crossroads - South Side
  • No computers so bring your own laptop!

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


  • July 24-July 26, 2014 - Closed for Semester Break
  • August 31-September 7, 2014 - Closed for Labor Day Week

Special Summer Session Hours: July 28-September 13, 2014

  • Monday-Friday: 11:00am-4:00pm
  • Sundays: 10:00am - 3:00pm

Calendar and Events

Upcoming Events

Class Schedule

  • None scheduled at the present time.

Staff Training Meetings

  • Twice a month

Center Resources


  • FamilySearch 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 Library | click Family History
  •  At the top of this page are "Today's hours" and a link "Show all hours"
  • This page gives links to the databases available on campus such as (click "Sites Available on Campus Only (Click for List)"
  • The Family History Research Guide, "Family History & Genealogy Research", has links to many family history sites.  
  • Also, check out the tabs at the top of the page: Home, Campus Records, Southeast Idaho, Western States, LDS Historic Resource, and Family History.

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 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
  • Microfilm readers and scanner - There are two manual microfilm readers, two electrical microfilm/microfiche reader/scanners, 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.
  • 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.