Grand View 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.

Welcome to our page!   Our consultants are excited to help you with your research.  Whether you are looking for local histories or your research takes you to foreign shores we can assist you in your adventures.  Don't let a brick wall stump you........and don't be afraid to start if you are a beginner. We aren't experts but have many years of experience we would love to share to help you with your genealogy.

Center Contacts and Hours

Location & Map:

  1. 359450 Highway 78, Grand View, Idaho 83624     (Access is available at the back door - a door bell is provided) We are located on the main highway between Grand View and Bruneau. 

Phone: 208-834-2717


Open Hours: Monday 9:30 am - Noon

                     Tuesday CLOSED (awaiting a volunteer)

                     Wednesday 9:00 am - Noon  and 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

                     Saturday 10:00 am - Noon

                     Available at other times by advance appointment

Holiday Schedule:

■Closed Memorial Day weekend and Labor Day weekend
■Closed July 4
■Closed the first Saturday in April and October
■Closed the week of Thanksgiving
■Closed the last two weeks of December
■Other sporadic closings through the year. (our consultants travel quite a distance to the center so weather and farming emergencies impact our hours) 

Calendar and Events

Upcoming Events

Register now for the upcoming Fall Genealogy Conference held in Meridian, Idaho.  See BYU-I website for infomation on classes and registration.

Class Schedule

There are no classes currently scheduled.  Classes are available on request.

Staff Training Meetings

First Sunday of each month in the center at 10:00 am

One Wednesday each month or as needed

Center Resources


  • Family History Library Catalog: This center has the ability to order any of the films and fiche available through the Family History Library Catalog.
  • Films and fiche on long-term loan from the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, including several Indian rolls.
  • Local census including the 1930 census microfilm for Owyhee and Elmore counties
  • Books on local history ("Valley of the Tall Grass")
  • Books on Early Pioneer history ( Women of Faith and Fortitude, Handcarts in Zion, etc)
  • Pedigree Resource Files volumes 1-134
  • Books and software for beginner
  • 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. Hardware and Equipment
  •  computers, microfilm readers, printers, flat bed scanner and capability to print from microfilm, etc. )
  • Come in and preserve your audio history or put your family history into a slide show. We can show you how to do either or both.

Center Services

Staff Research Specialties

Our consultants are experienced in a variety of research.  Western United States, Midwest, East coast (Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, New England), England, Wales, Germany, Denmark, Poland, Canada, and Aboriginal groups. (Chippewa)  We have a german speaking consultant available by appointment.

Resources in the Local Area

Owyhee County Museum

Museum Hours: Tue - Sat 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Library and Research Center by appointment only

17085 Basey St
PO Box 67
Murphy, ID 83650

(208) 495-2319
(208) 495-9824 Fax

Idaho Bureau of Vital Statistics
450 W. State St., 1st Floor
PO Box 83720
Boise, ID 83720
Phone: (208) 334-5988

Idaho Birth & Death records begin July 1, 1911.

Idaho Marriage & Divorce records begin 1947.

Earlier Idaho records may be obtained from clerks at the county level.

Lawson's Emu-Z-Um
22142 River Rd.
Grand View, Idaho 83624

Owyhee County Museum

Museum Hours: Tue - Sat 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Library and Research Center by appointment only

17085 Basey St
PO Box 67
Murphy, ID 83650

(208) 495-2319
(208) 495-9824 Fax


Volunteer at the Center

We are currently seeking volunteers who can speak and read in both English and Spanish.  Also looking for volunteers to work with local indian history.