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.



On Tuesday, July 18, 2017, the Brigham Young University-Idaho Family History Center is closing. Most of the equipment, microfilm/microfiche, and books will be moved to the Rexburg Idaho Family History Center. (See the Rexburg Idaho Family History Center wiki page.)
On that date this Wiki page will be blanked out.

Center Contacts and Hours

Location Map:


  • 525 S 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.
  • There are a few visitor stalls around campus for visitors, these do not require a permit.
  • Parking on the streets with-in 2 blocks of campus is by city permit only from 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • 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, and we are in an alcove on the far side of the Tutoring Center.


  • 1-208-496-9536



Regular Hours: Starting September 12, 2016

  • Monday - Friday: 9:30am-5:30pm
  • Tuesday: Closed 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm for Devotional
  • Monday - Tuesday: 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm by appointment only.  Call 208-496-9536
  • Thursday: 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm Family History Social - Manwaring Crossroads - Bring laptop

Sunday Help Sessions

  • Sunday: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm for Individuals or groups
  • Location: Manwaring Center Crossroads - South Side
  • No computers so bring your own laptop!


Calendar and Events

Upcoming Events

Class Schedule

  • None scheduled at the present time.

Staff Training Meetings

  • Usually once a month

Center Resources


  • Need a Microfilm or Microfiche? 
  • Go to FamilySearch Catalog and search for a microfilm/fiche that contains the information you need.
  • Does BYU-Idaho Family History Center have that microfilm/fiche?  To find out go to FamilySearch Catalog and scroll down to "Search these family History Centers" and select BYU-Idaho Family History Center. Now search for that microfilm/fiche.  If its there come in and view it.  If it is not there then order it. 
  • Order microfilm and microfiche online at,, and have them delivered to the BYU-Idaho Family History Center where they can viewed.
  • Family History Books: Many library books, dealing with family history, are located in the BYU-I Family History Center. There are "How to" books, "Where to find information" books, Gazetteers 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 BYU-I Family History Center. 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  OR
  • On this page are "Today's hours" and a link "Show all hours"
  • This page gives links to many family history databases including the award winning database, "Western States Marriage Index"
  • The Family History Research Guide, "Family History & Genealogy Research", has links to many family history sites  

Hardware and Equipment

  • Computers: (13-Windows 7):  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 is one manual microfilm readers, two electrical microfilm/microfiche reader/scanners, One of which is a 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 languages. 

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 temple and family history consultant - center, at the center for more information.