Rexburg Idaho Family History Center

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Center Contacts and Hours

Location & Map:

The Rexburg FamilySearch Center is located at 29 West 1st North, Rexburg, Idaho. It is west of the Rexburg Tabernacle and south of the Rexburg branch of the Madison County Library.


(208) 656-3273


Hours of Operation:

  • Sunday: 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm
  • Monday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Tuesday: 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
  • Wednesday: 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
  • Thursday: 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
  • Friday: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Saturday: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Usual Closures:

  • Closed on major holidays
  • Closed on General Conference weekends
  • Closed on Madison School District snow days

Specific Closure Dates Through the End of 2012:

  • Closed December 2 for the First Presidency Christmas Devotional
  • Closed December 22- Janurary 2 for Christmas Holidays

Classes and Training

Please call to sign up for classes. Teachers appreciate knowing the size of the class they are teaching. Some class sizes are limited.

(208) 656- 3273

Special December "Come When You Can" Class

Santa's Family History Workshop

Drop in for inspirational ideas and handouts with instructions. If you'd like assistance with family history research or ideas to complete your project, our staff will be available.

January Classes

Click below to access a chart of classes you can download and save or print.

January Class List

Day Time Title Description Dates Instructor Room Category
Monday 10:00-11:00 Flash Drives-Using, Organizing, & Syncing Lesson 1-Identifying and securing your flash drive, renaming and adding fun icons. 7 Rusty Jenkins Computer Beginning
Lesson 2-File naming for images and files, saving images to your flash drive. 14
Lesson 3-Syncing between your flash drive and your computers. 21
Lesson 4-Organizing and syncing your flash drive continued. Questions & answers. 28
Monday 11:30-12:30 Sourcing in RootsMagic Lesson 1-Source vs. citation, how to choose a source template and begin filling it out. 7 Holly Kauer Computer Sourcing
Lesson 2-How to fill out the six tabs within the edit source box. 14
Lesson 3-Edit a master source and edit a source template. 21
Lesson 4-Source tips and then “hands-on” adding a fact and attach a source to it. 28
Monday 1:00 -2:00 Lesson 1-General overview and history of 7 Mary Schatt Computer Research
Lesson 2-Understanding the Research Wiki and other learning resources 14
Lesson 3-Tips for effectively searching historical records 21
Lesson 4-Creative Search strategies 28
Monday 2:30-3:30 Find A Grave, Billion Graves Research Lesson 1-Find a Grave. 7 Carol Ann Ladle Computer Research
Lesson 2-Billion Graves. 14
Lesson 3-Other research sites of death records and family information. 21
Lesson 4-Questions, answers, and practice. 28
Tuesday 10:00-11:00 Legacy Lesson 1-Introduction to Legacy- importing and editing your genealogy database. 8 Luc Comeau Computer Record Management
Lesson 2-Using relationships, bookmarks, backups and ensuring information is correct. 15
Lesson 3-How to use searching, reports and charting. 22
Lesson 4-Pictures, finding duplicates, research logs and research guidance in Legacy. 29
Tuesday 11:30-12:30 RootsMagic Lesson 1-Getting started/ personalizing RootsMagic. 8 Angie Kivett Computer Record Management
Lesson 2-Using FamilySearch Central: Easy Find, Share, Match, Submit & Track. 15
Lesson 3-Powerful & Helpful Tools: Lists, Reports & Wall Charts. 22
Lesson 4-FamilySearch Central/ Attaching scanned, Internet or typed sources & photos. 29
Tuesday 1:00-2:00 Ancestral Quest (Must contact the instructor if you haven’t purchased Ancestral Quest) Lesson 1- Learn all the tabs on the home page and how to enter information 8 Cheryl Graham Computer Record Management
Lesson 2- learn how to connect or sync with new.familysearch/Family Tree 15
Lesson 3- Learn all the functions the printer can do 22
Lesson 4- Individual help 29
Tuesday 2:30-3:30 Scrapbooking Lesson1-Introduction to digital scrapbooking, and setting up an account. 8 Jamie Tonks and Arielle Cherry Computer Family Connections
Lesson 2 -Learning the features and options available on the website 15
Lesson 3-Uploading photos, answering questions, and beginning your book 22
Lesson 4-Continue or finish your project, and answer any questions 28
Tuesday 6:00-7:00 Legacy Lesson 1-Introduction to Legacy- importing and editing your genealogy database. 8 Luc Comeau Computer Record Management
Lesson 2-Using relationships, bookmarks, backups and ensuring information is correct. 15
Lesson 3-How to use searching, reports and charting. 22
Lesson 4-Pictures, finding duplicates, research logs and research guidance in Legacy. 29
Tuesday 7:00-8:30 YM/YW Groups Special activity: YOUth, the Plan, and Family History. Youth introduced to “Turn YOUR Hearts to YOUR Fathers” Achievement Activity. Wards need to sign up for date 8,15,22,29 Center Staff Computer Youth Activity
Tuesday 7:00-9:00 Missionary Prep. “Using Family History in the Mission Field”—for Perspective Missionaries and Missionaries with Call. Learn what successful missionaries have done using Family History to introduce the Gospel to investigators and to strengthen new converts. Bishop recommends participants. 8,15,22,29 Center Staff WiFi * Mission Preparation
(Laptop Computer with WiFi capacity)
Wednesday 10:00-11:00 Family Tree Lesson 1-Sign-in, navigation, and online training. 9 Doug Poole Computer Family Tree
Lesson 2-Adding, editing, and providing suitable reasons. 16
Lesson 3-Correcting information about family relationships and individuals 23
Lesson 4-Adding sources and beta for adding photos, stories, and documents 30
Wednesday 11:30-12:30 Lesson 1-Layout and menus—simple searches. 9 Aldene Poole Computer
Lesson 2-Types of records and helps—simple searches. 16
Lesson 3-Advance searches and sourcing information 23
Lesson 4-Search strategies 30
Wednesday 2:30-3:30 Descendant Research (Participants need 3-4 generations of ancestors to begin.) Lesson 1-Basic Descendancy Research—Video Presentation from FamilySearch 9 Tony and Treva Turley Computer Research
Lesson 2-Using Family Tree and to begin. 16
Lesson 3-Guided practice using your ancestors to identify names for the temple. 23
Lesson 4-Guided practice using your ancestors to identify names for the temple. 30
Wednesday 7:00-8:30 Lesson 1- Using the Basic Search option of 9 Jodie Orem Computer
Lesson 2- Diving into the Census: Getting the most out of the Census documents 16
Lesson 3- More advanced search tips to help yield better results 23
Lesson 4-Free search time with help of instructor for specific questions 30
Wednesday 7:00-8:30 RootsMagic 9 Gary Purse WiFi* Record Management
Wednesday 7:00-8:30 Training--Leaders Training for priesthood leaders and consultants on resources, duties, and ideas for success. 9 Doug Ladle Training Training
23 Tony Turley
Thursday 10:00-11:00 Newspaper Research (Taught twice in month) How to find newspaper articles about ancestors online. Overview of the major sites, search techniques to find other sites, and how to save copies of the articles to your computer, flash drive, or cloud. 10, 24 Carole Kelly Computer Research
Thursday 10:00-11:00 Genealogical Education (Taught twice in month) How to find resources online to improve your genealogical research and sharing abilities. Watch, listen, or read to improve your skills and become a better genealogist. 17, 31 Carole Kelly Computer Research
Thursday 1:00-2:00 Beginning Computer Lesson 1-Computer basics—keyboard, mouse, monitor, and how to use. 10 Doug Tietjen Computer Beginning
Lesson 2-Copy files, create folders, take snapshots of your screen. 17
Lesson 3-Microsoft Word—tabs, bullets, margins, undo, fonts, etc. 24
Lesson 4-Basics of Google Drive—account, upload & download files, create, share docs. 31
Thursday 2:30-3:30 World Vital Records and Genealogy Bank Lessons 1 & 2: Use Vital Records for knowledge about your ancestors around the world. 10,17 Judy Bunnell Computer Research
Lessons 3 & 4: Use Genealogy Bank to search for your ancestors. 24,31
Thursday 6:00-7:00 Lesson 1-What is Overview of how we use it. 10 Larry Saunders Computer Research
Lesson 2-Research Wiki and other learning resources for successful searches. 17
Lesson 3-Other tips for searching historical records. 24
Lesson 4-Being creative in your search strategies. 31
Thursday 7:00-8:30 Family Tree Lesson 1-Foundations and Navigation 10 Shirley Watson Computer Family Tree
Lesson 2-Adding, Editing, and Merging 17
Lesson 3-Searching and Sourcing 24
Lesson 4: Name Submission and Questions/Answers 31
Thursday 7:00-8:30 Young Single Adults Specialty classes for young single adults and their family history interests 10,17,24,31 Center Consultants WiFi* Specialty
Friday 10:00-11:00 Strengthening Testimony through Lesson1-Using Gospel Library to search and ponder the scriptures 11 Janine Gilbert Computer Technology
Technology Lesson 2-Using mobile apps to immerse yourself in the Word 18
Lesson 3-Using technology to share your testimony and provide service 25
Friday 11:30-12:30 Operating Systems Insights, questions, and answers about Microsoft Word and other operating systems. Repeats each class period with new insights, questions, and answers. 11,18,25 Ed Kirkpatrick Computer Computer
Friday 1:00-2:00 Research Problems Bring your research problems, follow the research process, and learn new research options. Repeats each class period with new insights, research problems, and solutions. 11,18,25 Pam Beard Computer Research
Friday 2:30-3:30 Beginning Genealogy and More Lesson 1-Learn the first steps to start your family history/genealogy. 11,25, Carla Ricks Computer Beginning
Lesson 2-Overview of computer software to organize family history files. 18, Feb 1
Saturday 9:00-12:00 Fast-Track An intense, jump-start to learn Family Tree, FamilySearch, Research, Sourcing, and Submitting names for temple ordinances. 5, 19 Center Consultants Computer Fast-Track
Saturday 9:00-3:00 Youth Conference in the Spirit World Ward youth conference to learn about Family History in the Sprit World,and Mortality: Hands-on computer training in Family Tree, FamilySearch, name submission for ordinances. Wards need to sign up. Family History Consultants and Youth Leaders meet with Center Director to prepare for this event. 12 Youth Leaders, Ward, and Center Consultants Computer Training Youth Conference
Sunday 4:30-6:00 Ward Groups Ward group training by Ward Family History Consultants using resources at the Center. Wards need to sign up. Can be assisted by Consultants at the Center if desired. 6,13,20,27 Ward Consultants Computer Ward Groups

Classes for Ward Youth Groups

Tuesday YM/YW Night
Tuesday, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. “YOUth, the Plan, and Family History. This activity focuses on the Prophet’s goals for Youth. Youth groups up to 40 can be accommodated. Extra Feature: Youth will prepare a family Home Evening activity that will raise the roof! Call to reserve facilities. Youth leaders need to attend 1 hr. training session before event.

“Youth Conference in the Spirit World”
Starting on Saturdays in January. From 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. The youth will begin to understand the Work OF the dead in the Spirit World and the Work FOR the dead here in Mortality. The youth will learn many skills, including finding and submitting names to the temple. 40 youth and 8 adults can be accommodated. Wards need to call to make a reservation.

Prospective Missionary Class

Announcing “Family History in the Mission Field” for perspective missionaries (17 years and older) and missionaries with their call. Learn how to use Family History in the Mission Field. Two months of training with practice.

1st Month: Wednesdays, 7 – 9 p.m.   Attend four, two-hour training sessions to learn how to do family history and prepare names for temple ordinances using Family Tree and research with Family Search.

2nd Month: Serve as a Family Search Consultant for 4 two-hour shifts during the month at a time of your choosing. Help patrons with their family history as if you were in the mission field!

Bishop’s approval required. Call 656-3273 to reserve a seat.

Sunday Classes for Ward Groups

Ward Consultants: Schedule your ward group for a productive session at the Rexburg Family Search Center. Bring groups as large as 40-45.

Topics to Learn: Half of the group will gather in the Training Room for video presentations on Family Tree and Family Search. The other half will gather into the Computer Room for a hands-on activity with Family Tree. The groups will trade places half way through your session.

Who Teaches:
You as the Ward Family History Consultant will teach the class in the Computer Room or be teamed up with a Family Search Consultant who is on duty to assist. The video presentation in the Training Room can be done by one of your ward members with five minutes of coaching.

Or your choice of topics: If you want to teach another topic, be our guest. You might teach about Indexing, research tips, Descendant Research, etc. If you want a specialist to help teach your group, please contact the Family Search Directors to check on this option.

Times: 4:30 – 6:00 PM or 6:00 – 7:30 PM.
Reserve a Session by calling 656-3273.

Classes for Young Adults

Thursdays: 7 - 9 p.m.  Fast-Track for Young Adult family history consultants, priesthood leaders, and all other interested Young Adults. Become trained in Family Tree, Family Search, and Temple Name Submission! Plan on attending 2-3 evenings to get the full-meal deal! Laptops with WiFi interface required.


Current events or those scheduled in the near future will be shown here. There are no special events scheduled from now through the end of 2012.

Upcoming Events

The first bi-annual Rexburg FamilySearch Center Family History Conference

March 9, 2013 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Classes will be offered on a variety of topics that will inspire your efforts in family history and teach you methods of research, preservation and sharing.

Lunch break from noon to 1:00 p.m. Bring a sack lunch or walk one of several nearby restaurants.

A vendor's hall will exhibit some of the latest in family history resources and products available for purchase at the conference. Visit the exhibit hall between classes or during the lunch break.

Watch for more information to be posted soon regarding specific classes and online registration.

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.
  • Books: Hundreds of books and a collection family history magazines are available to read in the Rexburg FamilySearch Center. Personal and family histories, research guides, "how-to" books, maps and gazeteers, etc.

Databases and Software

  • 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.
  • The American Ancestors website is a subscription site available for free at the Rexburg FamilySearch Center.
  • Dozens of links to genealogical websites are available on most computers in the Computer Room.
  • RootsMagic, Legacy Family Tree, Ancestral Quest, and PAF genealogical database software are installed on all computers at the Rexburg FamilySearch Center.

Hardware and Equipment

  • Wi-Fi throughout the building
  • Twenty-four computers in the Computer Room, several more throughout the Center
  • Several printers (many in color)
  • A microfilm reader-printer
  • Two flatbed scanners (to scan photographs, slides, photo negatives and documents, and save them to a removable drive or to an Internet storage account, like Dropbox)
  • Two microfilm readers
  • Two microfiche readers
  • Audio transfer equipment and software (to save audio cassette tapes to digital format)
  • Video transfer equipment and software (to save video tapes to digital format)

Center Services


Photocopying and printing from computers is available for genealogical purposes only. The charge is five cents per copy for black and white and twenty-five cents per copy for color copies.

Staff Research Specialties

The Rexburg FamilySearch Center is staffed by volunteers from the community. These volunteers possess a wide array of skills and knowledge in all areas of genealogical research. Visitors to the center may receive assistance in genealogical research, technology usage, ways to share your research, etc., from various staff members.

Resources in the Local Area

BYU-Idaho has a Family History Center with extended hours on some days. See their blog at: