Nampa 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.

Address: 101 N. Canyon Street, Nampa, Idaho
Phone: 208-467-5827
Hours of Operation: Mon, Fri, Sat 10-5; Tue, Wed, Thurs 10-9

Map to Nampa Idaho Family History Center

Classes and Workshops

Priesthood and Consultant Introductory Classes
1. “Registration, Doctrinal and Organizational Foundation (To Turn the Hearts Leader's Guide), Online Training Resources”
2. “Introduction to PAF, FamilySearch web site, New FamilySearch, Family History Center Resources”

Family History Introductory Classes
Each class is a hands-on workshop experience. This is a 5 week course with the option of starting with the second class if you are familiar with the computer.

1. “Basic Computer Skills” (You may skip this class if you are an experienced computer user.)
2. “Where Do I Begin?/PAF Overview and Basics”
3. “New FamilySearch Overview and Basics”
4. “FamilySearch web site”
5. “Family History Center Resources: Computer programs, Research Resources”

Topic-Specific Classes
The following classes are taught from one to four times a year, according to patron interest, by staff members.

“PAF: Basics” - Using the basic functions of Personal Ancestral File
“PAF: Sourcing” - Sourcing in PAF using Source Description, Repository and Citation
“PAF: Sourcing Workshop” - Bring your PAF file for help with sourcing
“PAF: Clean up Your Source Files” - Get help cleaning up your source file
“PAF: Using Multimedia” - Include pictures, sound clips and video clips in PAF
“PAF: Using Multimedia Workshop” - Bring your multimedia files and get help including them in your family file
“PAF: Creating Focus Lists” (Intermediate level) - Use Focus Lists to create GEDCOMs or create lists of ancestors with common dates or places
“PAF: Editing Name and Place” - Editing names and dates already in your PAF family file
“New FamilySearch: Registration, Intro, Help Center/Training and Resources” - Introduction to New Family Search
“New Family Search: Adding and Editing Names and Places” - Add or edit information about your ancestors
“New FamilySearch: Deleting, Adding Opinions, Discussions, Watch” - Editing information and coordinating with other contributors to correct information already in the system
“New FamilySearch: Combining and Separating” - Combine duplicate records and separate records that don’t belong together
“New FamilySearch: Temple Ordinances and FOR’s” - Prepare a name for Temple ordinances
“FamilySearch Indexing” - Learn the basics of the Indexing program and how to get started
“FamilySearch Wiki” - What WIKI can do to help in your research efforts and how to add information to the WIKI
“Research: Basic Research Process” - How do I get started
“Research: Finding Your Ancestors Online” - Investigate many of the websites that can help you in your research
“Research: Census Records” - What Census records are available and where can I find them
“Research: Immigrations” - Where can I find immigration records and what information can in them
“Editing and Archiving Photos” - Touch up those old photos and how to store them
“Organizing Your Paper Files” - Suggestions on how to manage all those paper files that have accumulated during research
“Writing Your Personal History” - Recording your history for your descendants
"Family Insight (Basic)" – Learn how to use the basic features of Family Insight
"Family Insight (Synchronization)" – Learn how to use the NewFamilySearch synchronization feature of Family Insight

Preparations for Groups Attending the Family History Center

1. GROUPS: Please have each Person Create an LDS User’s Account Before Coming to Class
     a. Bring up the Internet on their home computer.
     b. Click on the address bar (the words will turn blue) and type “” and tap the Enter key.
     c. Click on “Sign In” which is found toward the top right side of the screen.
     d. A sign in screen will appear. Click on “Create New Account.” 
     e. Click on “LDS FamilySearch Account” and then click “Continue” and then follow the instructions on that screen.   
     f. You will need your membership number, which you can get from a member of your Bishopric or the ward clerk.

2. Family Research: If they are coming to find or learn how to find ancestors to do temple work for, please ask them to bring a filled out Four Generation Pedigree Chart. If they do not have that information, please ask them to bring the names, birth or death dates, and birth or death places of ancestors who have passed on (one to four names will be helpful).

3. Indexing: If they are coming to do indexing, they will only need to create their LDS Account before coming.

Classes and Workshops Schedule

Register for Classes

Please call 467- 5827 or stop in to sign up for classes.

Class size is limited to sixteen persons in the large class room and six persons in the small class room.

Priesthood and Consultant Training Classes

Tuesdays:  10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. or 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

10 Jan - Registration, Doctrinal and Organizational Foundation (To Turn the Hearts"), Training Resources

17 Jan - Introduction to PAF, FamilySearch web site, New FamilySearch, Family History Center Resources

Family History Introductory Classes

Tuesdays:  10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. or 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

24 Jan - Basic Computer Skills (Optional if you are comfortable using the computer.)
31 Jan - Where Do I Begin? PAF Overview and Basics
21 Feb - New FamilySearch Overview and Basics
28 Feb - FamilySearch web site
6 Mar - Family History Center Resources: Computer programs, Research Resources

Topic-Specific  Classes

January 2012
All Topic-Specific classes in January will be on Wednesday mornings at 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.AM
4 Jan - PAF Multimedia Workshop
11 Jan - Family Insight (Part 1)
25 Jan - Census Records

February 2012
All Topic-Specific classes in February will be on Wednesday mornings at 10:00 a.m. - p.m.
1 Feb  - New Family Search - Registering, Introduction, Help Center
8 Feb - New Family Search - Adding and Editing Names and Places
22 Feb - New Family Search - Discussion, Watch, Deleting, Adding an Opinion
29 Feb - Family Search WIKI

March 2012
All Topic-Specific classes in March will be on Wednesday mornings at 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
7 Mar - Family Insight (Part 2)
14 Mar - PAF Sourcing
28 Mar - New Family Search - Combining and Separating Records

Premium Research Websites

The following Premium Subscription Websites are available for use, free of charge, at the Center:

  • 19th Century British Library Newspaper Digital Archive
  • Access Newspaper Archive
  • Alexander Street Press-The American Civil War
  • Find My Past
  • The Genealogist
  • Godfrey Memorial Library
  • Heritage Quest Online
  • Historic Map Works Library Edition
  • Paper Trail
  • World Vital Records

Microfilm Collection

The Center has a significant selection of microfilm on hand with access to many thousands more. An indexed list is available in the Center.

Books and Maps

The Center has many volumes available. A binder with the listings is available in the Center.

Center News

The Center has staff members serving Monday morning, Tuesday evening, and Thursday evening who speak Spanish.

Wednesday evening is a great time to schedule a visit to the Center for youth groups.

Online Film Ordering   Films are now to be ordered online instead of at the Family History Center.



Family History and Technology Conference, February 2-4, 2012, Salt Lake City, Utah
For more information, visit

  Holiday Schedule

Jan 1: New Years Day
April 2: General Conference
May 30: Memorial Day
July 4: Independence Day
Sep 5: Labor Day
Oct 1: General Conference
Nov 23-26: Thanksgiving
Dec 24-31: Christmas

Also closed April 9th and October 15th for the  Area Family History Conferences.