Burley 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.

Center Contacts and Hours

Location & Map:

Phone: 1 208-878-7286

E-mail: id_burley@ldsmail.net

Open Hours: Monday: 9am-4pm
Tues-Thurs: 9am-9pm
Fri: 10am-4pm
Sat: 10am-1pm

Holiday Schedule:

Calendar and Events

Upcoming Events 

On Going Classes- We will be offering the following classes at various times on an ongoing basis.  Sign up at the Family History Center to receive an e-mail of the calendars. 

Handouts are available for most of the classes being offered.  If you can't attend a class and would like the handouts- ask one of the consultants at the center for assistance.

If there are classes you would like to have added to our schedule, please let us know.  We will do our best to accomodate the needs and interests.  

Class Descriptions

                Family Tree- Five Week Class

          These classes build upon one another, but it is not necessary to attend all in order to gain valuable information from them.  

     Family Tree- Navigating- This class is week one; how to move around in the new Family Tree program. What the icons mean, how to switch from one person to another, view the details page, etc.  
     Family Tree- Adding and Editing. This class is week two; teaches how to add in new people, and edit existing things in Family Tree. How to delete incorrect parents, spouses or children. How to edit information put in by someone else, etc. 
     Family Tree- Sources. This class is week three; teaches about what sources are, why they are important, how to find them, and how to attach them. Includes basic instruction on using Tree Connect.  
     Family Tree- Merging and Separating. This class is week four; teaches how to merge people, and how to separated incorrectly merged individuals. 
     Family Tree- Temples, Photos, Stories. This class is week five; teaches how to work within the temple tab and all its new options. Also shows how to add in photos and stories (individually or connected), tag them and attach them to persons in your Tree. 


             Other Topics for Classes

Ancestry.com-  A two week course on how to search ancestry.com  This is a free website at the Family History Center that offers over 7 billion records for searching online.  Some are indexes, but some are actual documents. Learn how to use the filters to refine searches.  How to use the card catalog to narrow searches.  What different types of records are available and the information contained in them.  A must for all researchers! Note: The Family History Center has free access to the Institutional Edition of Ancestry, which includes records for the world, not just the United States.

Basic Research using Online Resources, Part One-  Ever wondered where to find records online- this is the class for you. This call will give you ideas of where to start on your Family Tree in looking for individuals, and how to search for records online for them using just a few websites. Handouts include a basic overview of research.

Basic Research using Online Resources. Part Two- Going beyond the basic websites used in Part One.   Includes handouts on 20 Free Family History Sites and Online LDS Records and Resources.

Basic Scandinavian Records Online- Norway, Denmark and Sweden all have many records online. This class will show the basics of searching all three sites. More in-depth classes for each of the sites will be made available as the need arises.

Family Search Records- What's in the Records, how to search them, how to browse them and using filters to clean up your search results. 

Family Search Beyond the Records-  Family Search is so much more than the records section. Find about the use of other sections:  Genealogies, Books, Catalog, Wiki.  Also about information on the Facebook Research pages.

Family Tree 101- Basic, basic class on what is Family Tree?  Where do I find it?  How do I sugn up to use it?  How do I move around it?  Etc.  (Bring your membership number- found on your temple recommend or from your ward clerk in order to sign up for an LDS account.   Only an e-mail is required for general accounts.)

Find a name and take to the Temple- Using Family Tree and researching collateral lines to find the low hanging fruit on your tree.  A new approach to looking for names. This has been tried in some wards in the area with a lot of success! Come learn the basic steps.  Good for beginners and even the not so beginners.  Great for Ward Consultants looking for another approach in their wards.

Find My Past-UKFree subscription to the this website if accessed on the Family History Center Computers. Learn how to search the website and find original copies of many certificates and documents pertaining to records in the United Kingdom.

5 Step Process to Basic Research-A class with overheads showing the basics of research. This is not a hands on class. Handouts will be provided and the five steps taught. The five steps are: Identify what you know, Select a Research Goal, Decide upon the Best Record to Search, Obtain a Copy of the Record, and What to do when the Research does not net results.

LDS Church RecordsA class with overheads giving you information on what records the LDS church has available. Not a hands on class. Includes information about where to find biographies, LDS Church censuses, Family Group Records, Membership Records of various types and other LDS Church records.

The New Four Generation Challenge- In the 1960's and 1970's everyone was challenged to search out and verify their four generations. Now the challenge has been reissued- only this time using Family Tree with sources, photos and stories. Learn how to use Tree Connect to attach sources to your four generations. Also tips on cleaning up your records; and places to look for stories and photos.

One Note/Evernote-  Using One Note or Evernote as your research log.  One Note is computer based with cloud capability.  Evernote is complete cloud based note keeping.

Roots Magic-learn to use Roots Magic to keep track of all your own genealogical information. There is a free version available for download- no purchase is necessary to use this program.

Using Ancestry.com for difficult names- different ways to search when the regular search options don't find your ancestor.  Actual successful searches will be shown and the methods used to achieve the desired results.

Youth Family History- a two week, two hour per week, plus pizza for lunch activity.  Geared at the youth and introducing them to Family Tree and learning about one of their ancestors. Pre-registration is required!  This class is limited to 15 as this time. More class options will be added throughout the year.  Please call Tammy Stevenson, 431-4504 to register.

Staff Training Meetings Second Thursday of each month

Center Resources


Over 9000 Microfilms

Includes Oakley Eagle and Oakley Herald, 3 & 4 generation records between 1965 & 1976, 600 LDS Films, Wards, ordinances, immigration, Nauvoo & Endowment House, Baptisms and Endowments

Over 60,000 Microfiche

Including Oakley Herald 1911-1961

Obituaries 1987-2010 from Cassia and Minidoka counties including marriages

Cassia and Minidoka counties death dates 1912-1987.

Cemetry records, Albion valley cemetery to 1970, Declo cemetary to 2005, Marion cemetary to 2010, Oakley cemetary, Valley Vu cemetry 1863-2005

Minidoka County marriage records from its inception in 1913 through 2000.

Family History Library Catalog: This center has the ability to order any of the films and fiche available through the Family History Library Catalog.

Databases and Software

PAF, Roots Magic, Legacy, Ancestry Quest, Family Search, Family Tree.

Research Websites - Ancestry.com, Findmypast, World Vital Records.com, Heritage Quest, 19th Century British Library Newspaper Digital Archive, Access Newspaper Archive, Alexander Street Press (The American Civil War), ArkivDigital Online, Fold3.com, The Genealogist, Historic Map Works Library Edition, LegacyStories, Orgins.net, Paper Trail. (All are free at the Family History Center)

Hardware and Equipment

14 computers, 2 printers (1 color), 1 copy machine, 2 scanners

10 Microfilm readers

1 Fiche reader

1 Microfilm & microfiche copier/scanner/printer.

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