Twin Falls Idaho Family History Center

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Twin Falls Family History Center

The Twin Falls Family History Center covers the Twin Falls and the western Magic Valley. Visitors Welcome.

  • We have Spanish-speaking consultants on Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday, from 9:00 to 1:00. Tenemos consultores de habla española el martes, miércoles, sábado, 9:00-1:00.
Photos of our Family History Center

Center Contacts and Hours

Location

Contacts

Hours

  • Tuesday:9:00am-9:00pm
  • Wednesday:9:00am-9:00pm
  • thusday:9:00am-9:00pm
  • Saturday:10:00am-3:00pm
Tuesday 9:00 am 9:00 pm
Wednesday 9:00 am 9:00 pm
thusday 9:00 am 9:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am 3:00 pm

Closed all major holidays

Events Calendar and Announcements

Date Time Title Instructor/Class/Webinar
Wed 5-Oct 10 AM Family Tree Next Steps: Correcting Relationships Webinar – SLC FHL
11:00 AM Family Tree Next Steps: Merging Principles Webinar – SLC FHL
01:00 PM Family Tree Next Steps: Preserving Memories Using Stories Webinar – SLC FHL
02:00 PM Family Tree Next Steps: Preserving Memories Using Audio and Apps Webinar – SLC FHL
03:30 PM Discovering Digital Family and Locality Histories Webinar – BYU FHL
Thur 6-Oct 10:00 AM Using the FamilySearch Catalog Effectively Webinar – SLC FHL
11:00 AM Tips and Tricks Using FamilySearch Historical Records Collections Webinar – SLC FHL
01:00 PM Overview of FamilySearch.org (except catalog and records) Webinar – SLC FHL
02:00 PM FamilySearch Wiki: Valuable Research Tool Webinar – SLC FHL
03:00 PM What's New on FamilySearch.org Webinar – SLC FHL
Tue 11-Oct 11:00 AM Meyers Gazetteer: A Critical Resource for German Research Webinar – SLC FHL
07:00 PM Consultant Training: Finding Sources for Birth, Marriage & Death John Cox
Wed 12-Oct 11:00 AM Beginning Research Techniques Webinar – SLC FHL
Thur 13-Oct 01:00 PM Poland Historical Geography Webinar – SLC FHL
02:30 PM A Guide for Entering Information in the FamilySearch Family Tree Webinar - BYU FHL
Sat 15-Oct 01:00 PM Conozca el sitio de PARES Webinar – SLC FHL
Tue 18-Oct 10:15:00 AM Figure Out Place Names for Swedish Genealogy Webinar – SLC FHL
11:30 AM Using Name Searchable Registers in ArkivDigital Webinar – SLC FHL
02:00 PM Parish Record Substitution in Sweden Webinar – SLC FHL
02:30 PM Using First Level Genealogical Sources: Vital Records, Censuses, Cemetery Records, Obituaries and Biographies Webinar - BYU FHL
03:15:00 PM Introduction to Swedish Estate Inventories Webinar – SLC FHL
07:00 PM Consultant Training: Correcting and Editing Vital Information in FS Family Tree John Cox
Wed 19-Oct 09:00 AM Moving and Migration for Swedish Genealogy Webinar – SLC FHL
10:15:00 AM Jurisdictions for Swedish Genealogy Webinar – SLC FHL
11:30 AM Learn by Doing: Mistaken Identity of Johanna Andersdotter Webinar – SLC FHL
02:00 PM Danish Record Research: A Case Study Webinar – SLC FHL
02:00 PM Online Resources for Finnish Research Webinar – SLC FHL
03:15:00 PM Beginning Finnish Research: A Case Study Webinar – SLC FHL
03:15:00 PM An Introduction to Danish Census Records Webinar – SLC FHL
03:30 PM Understanding the Data in FamilySearch Family Tree Webinar - BYU FHL
Thur 20-Oct 09:00 AM Using Witnesses to Find Your Danish Ancestors Webinar – SLC FHL
01:00 PM "Harvesting" Your Family History from US Census Records Miriam Austin
02:00 PM Research in Copenhagen Webinar – SLC FHL
03:15:00 PM Introduction to Danish Land Records Webinar – SLC FHL
Tue 25-Oct 11:00 AM Finding Your French Ancestors Online Webinar – SLC FHL
01:00 PM What Tips Are Hiding in Old Church Records? David Putnam
07:00 PM Consultant Roundtable (FHC Staff and TFH Consultants from ALL wards)
Wed 26-Oct 10:00 AM Research Logs: A Tool for Organizing Your Research Webinar – SLC FHL
01:00 PM Scotland's "Lost" Other Half: Tracing Difficult Ancestral Lines in Scotland's Non-Parochial (Church) Registers Webinar – SLC FHL
03:30 PM Answers Hiding in Plain Sight: Using What You Know to Discover What You Don't Know Webinar – SLC FHL
05:00 PM The How and Why of Descendancy Research John Call
Thur 27-Oct 1:00 PM Using Church of Scotland Parochial Registers to Trace Scots Ancestry Webinar – SLC FHL

SLC FHL – always updates to current month:

(printable .PDF) [1]

BYU FHL Webinars for October:

(printable .PDF) [2]

Consultant Training Schedule

Below is the 8-week Consultant Training Schedule. This will be repeated again starting Sepember 2016 and can be joined at any time.

  • What's My Calling as a Temple and Family History Consultant?
  • Introduction to FamilySearch
  • Finding Sources for Birth, Marriage, & Death
  • Correcting and editing Vital Information in FamilySearch Family Tree
  • Merging Duplicates in FamilySearch Family Tree
  • Exploring Our Temple Opportunities and Church Policy
  • Adding Memories to Family Tree

Also, please watch this webinar, it is wonderful.

Genealogy Serendipity - Listening For Our Ancestors

Consultant Training and Roundtable

Consultant training and Roundtable are for all Ward and Stake Family History Consultants, as well as those who work at the Family History Center.

Center Resource Collections

  • FamilySearch Catalog: This center has the ability to order any of the films and fiche available through the FamilySearch Catalog.
  • The Twin Falls Family History Center has a book collection of over 2,000 books. The center also has a collection of about 1,000 microfilms on indefinite loan, and have notebooks with listings of them. They also have a large microfiche collection.
  • The center has cemetery and many obituary records for Twin Falls and some surrounding communities. Volunteers can do obituary look-ups.
  • The center had a large number of city directories and phone books for Twin Falls and other regional towns. These were digitized in 2014 and can now be viewed at familysearch.org. See the Family History Library Catalog and look under the city or town - Directories. The center no longer has the actual city directory books.

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.
  • A number of the most popular personal pedigree programs have been installed on our computers.
  • The complete Pedigree Resource File is available in FamilySearch.org, under the Search tab, then Genealogies. This includes the notes.

Hardware and Equipment

  • 20+ computer stations.
  • Digital microfilm/fiche reader, plus conventional readers.
  • Separate classroom/training and research areas.
  • Completely handicapped accessible.

Center Services

Staff Research Specialties

  • BSA - Genealogy merit badge - Bonnie Harman - thusday evening
  • English (England) Research Specialist - Jeanette Gailey - Wednesdays from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
  • New England - David Putnam Jr. - Tuesday and Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
  • Scandinavian Research Specialist - Brian Halling- thusday Evenings
  • Scandinavian Research Specialist - Ross Gedeborg - contact him at home 208-969-0034 or by email at ross@gedeb.org


Resources in the Local Area

Twin Falls Public Library

201 4th Ave. East

Twin Falls, ID 83301

208-733-2964

They have the ancestry.com library program, it's free to use at the library.

They have a local history room on the main floor, with a good collection of books relating to the Twin Falls area.

The Twin Falls newspaper, now called the Times News, has good search features. The Twin Falls newspapers have all been digitized from the beginning.


Volunteer at the Center

There are many opportunities to serve at the Twin Falls Family History Center. The only requirement is a desire to serve, no experience with family history is necessary. Volunteering is a great way to learn. If you are interested in helping out please contact the director of the Twin Falls Family History Center, David Putnam, at 208.733.8073. We look forward to serving with you.