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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.


Center Contacts and Hours

Location & Map:

Phone: 1-208-878-7286

Email: ID_Burley@ldsmail.net

Open Hours:

  • Mon: 9am-4pm
  • Tues-Thurs: 9am-9pm
  • Fri: 10am-4pm
  • Sat: 9am-1pm

Holiday Closures:  

Request for Classes - If there are classes you would like to see on the schedule, please let us know and we will do our best to accomodate the requests.

Kathleen Hedberg will offer one to one help doing Scandivian Research- contact her directly to schedule a time.

Exciting News:  The Burley Family History Center has been selected to have our books all digitized. We have more than 7,000 books in our library with an unknown number of pages! Every page will be scanned and searchable. When the project is finished, all of the books will be available online in PDF format and will be searchable by title and content through the Family Search website. All books will be available for online viewing from all Family History Centers in the church, and some will be available for viewing on individual's computers at home; depending on the copyrights of the books scanned. Finally, a chance to share with the world, the wonderful treasures we have collected for years in our own Family History Center! Watch for more information as this project moves forward! Once completed, we will offer classes on how to search the books, how to save the "permanent links," and how to attach and use them as stories in Family Tree.

If you would like to help with this project- come to a "Book Scanning" Class or come to the center for a quick demo on how to help.  We need a lot of volunteers to help with this project.

Calendar and Events

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday  Saturday

  Mar 31

Apr 1

5:30 Bacic Computers #1

Eileen Simmons

Apr 2

10am -Technology in Research (new)- Tammy

Apr 3

1:30 pm- Find My Past- bring your names- Mary Curtis

3:30 pm- Roots Magic #5- Joy Gittins

5:30 pm Basic Computers #2- Eileen Simmons

  Apr 4

Apr 5



Apr 7

Apr 8 

5:30 Basic Computers #3

Eileen Simmons

Apr 9

10 am- Using Family Search Records- Tammy

1:30 pm - Using Google for Genealogy- Deanna Higens

Apr 10

10 am- RT Video- Basic Online Resources

10 am- Whoo's in my Tree?- Me (kids 2-5) Trina Winn

3:30 pm- U K Records  #1- Joy Gittins

5:00 Staff Meeting

Apr 11

Apr 12

Apr 14

Apr 15

Apr 16

10 am- Collateral Lines- Looking for temple names (new)- Tammy Stevenson

Apr 17

3:30 pm- UK Records #2 - Joy Gittins

Apr 18

1:30 pm Ancestry help

Chuck Jones

bring your names

Apr 19

Apr 21 

Apr 22 

3:30 Google Books (new) Betty Rassmussen

Apr 23

10 am- open lab- bring your questions- Tammy

1:30pm- Database Search Tactics (new)- Deanna Higens

3:30 pm Family Tree #1- Tammy

3:30 pm Whoo's in My Tree?- Me (kids 3-10) Trina Winn

Apr 24

3:30 pm- UK Records #3- Joy Gittins

6:00 pm Roots Tech Video- Youth Leading Youth

Apr 25

Apr 26

Apr 28 

Apr 29 

Apr 30 

10:00 am  RT Video- Creating a Family History Blog

3:30 pm Family Tree #2- Tammy

3:30 pm Whoo's in My Tree?- Mom (kids 3-10) Trina Winn

May 1


May 2 

May 3
May 5 

May 6

May 7

3:30 pm Family Tree #3- Tammy

3:30 pm Whoo's in My Tree?- Dad (kids 3-10) Trina Winn

May 9 

May 9
May 10
May 12
May 13

May 14

3:30 pm Family Tree #4- Tammy

3:30 pm Whoo's in My Tree?- grandma (kids 3-10) Trina Winn

May 15

May 16

10:30am Ancestry.com bring your own names

Chuck Jones

May 17


Upcoming Events

 On Going Classes- We will be offering the following classes at various times on an ongoing basis.  Sign up at the Family History Center to receive an e-mail of the calendars.  Handouts are available for most of the classes being offered.  If you can't attend a class and would like the handouts- ask one of the consultants at the center for assistance. 

Class Descriptions

Family Tree- Five-Six Week Class

These classes build upon one another, but it is not necessary to attend all in order to gain valuable information from them.   

    Family Tree #1- Navigating- This class is week one; how to move around in the new Family Tree program. What the icons mean, how to switch from one person to another, view the details page, etc.  
      Family Tree #2- Adding and Editing. This class is week two; teaches how to add in new people, and edit existing things in Family Tree. How to delete incorrect parents, spouses or children. How to edit information put in by someone else, etc. 
      Family Tree #3- Sources. This class is week three; teaches about what sources are, why they are important, how to find them, and how to attach them. Includes basic instruction on using Tree Connect.  
      Family Tree #4- Merging and Separating. This class is week four; teaches how to merge people, and how to separated incorrectly merged individuals. 
      Family Tree #5 and 6- Temples, Photos, Stories. This class is week five and/or depending on the instructor; teaches how to work within the temple tab and all its new options. Also shows how to add in photos and stories (individually or connected), tag them and attach them to persons in your Tree. 

Other Topics for Classes 

Ancestry.com-  A two week course on how to search ancestry.com  This is a free website at the Family History Center that offers over 7 billion records for searching online.  Some are indexes, but some are actual documents. Learn how to use the filters to refine searches.  How to use the card catalog to narrow searches.  What different types of records are available and the information contained in them.  A must for all researchers! Note: The Family History Center has free access to the Institutional Edition of Ancestry, which includes records for the world, not just the United States.

Ancestry Help-  Brother Chuck Jones will work with you and your names to find them in Ancestry's databases using interesting search techniques.

Ancestral Quest- A class on how to use Ancestral Quest as your personal database for family history.   Ancestral Quest is the most like PAF if you like the PAF format.  There is a free version available online- no need to purchase a program.   A two week class on the basics of Ancestral Quest and how it syncs with Family Tree. 

ASP Help -  The Family History Center has been working on the "Arizona Sisters Project- ASP" for some time. Now that the basics have been covered, it's time to go to work.  Come for an open help session to get help with any of your questions or concerns.  

Basic Computers-  Computers are amazing things, but can be very frustrating as well.  This is a three week course offering the basics of computers in relation to family history.  Things like: how to move around on your computer, organize files and folders, upload photos, using split windows, and some basics of searching the Internet, like using multiple tabs.

Basic Indexing-  Hands on demonstration of the basics of indexing. Having an LDS Account or Family Search Account with sign in and password already established is helpful prior to coming to the class.- If you are interested in learning indexing, let us know and we will schedule a class.

Basic Online Research-  Ever wondered where to find records online- this is the class for you. This call will give you ideas of where to start on your Family Tree in looking for individuals, and how to search for records online for them using just a few websites. Handouts include a basic overview of research. Not necessary to have Part One before Part Two.

Basic Scandinavian Records Online- Norway, Denmark and Sweden all have many records online. This class will show the basics of searching all three sites. More in-depth classes for each of the sites will be made available as the need arises.  Call Kathleen Hedberg for one to one help, or to schedule a class if there are enough interested for a full class.

Collateral Lines and Finding Names for the Temple-  Find out who's in your collateral lines.  Searching Collateral lines often leads to names to take to the temple. 

Danish Records- Learn to how find free Danish Records online.  Taught by Ida Chugg who can translate the records for you

Database Search Techniques-  Great tips for getting the most of your search results.  Including how to use wild cards and filters to aid in getting better search results for online database searches.  Taught by Deanna Higens

Evernote-  A cloud based note keeping system.  See how to use this service to aid in Family History. Taught by Betty Rasmussen

Family Search- What's in the Records Portion, how to search them, how to browse them and using filters to clean up your search results. Also information on using Genealogies, Books, Catalog, Wiki and the Facebook Research Pages. Basic search techiniques for most websites will be discussed.

Family Tree 101- Basic, basic class on what is Family Tree?  Where do I find it?  How do I sign up to use it?  How do I move around it?  Etc.  (Bring your membership number- found on your temple recommend or from your ward clerk in order to sign up for an LDS account.   Only an e-mail is required for general accounts.)

Find a name and take to the Temple- Using Family Tree and researching collateral lines to find the low hanging fruit on your tree.  A new approach to looking for names. This has been tried in some wards in the area with a lot of success! Come learn the basic steps.  Good for beginners and even the not so beginners.  Great for Ward Consultants looking for another approach in their wards.

Four Generation Challenge and Tree Connect- In the 1960's and 1970's everyone was challenged to search out and verify their four generations.  Now the challenge has been reissued- only this time using Family Tree with sources, photos and stories.  Learn how to use Tree Connect to attach sources.  Also tips on cleaning up your ancestors' records; and places to find stories and photos. Tree Connect allows you to easily create sources in your Family Tree source box, directly and quickly from websites.

Google for Genealogy- A class on the different aspects of using Google searches and other google products for use in family history research.  Taught by Deanna Higens

Google Books-  Google has digitized thousands of books.  Come see how to search, find and print from these books- all available online and many for free.   Taught by Betty Rasmussen

Legacy-  classes on how to use Legacy for your personal database.  There is a free version available online- no need to purchase a program.   A two week class with basic of using Legacy as your personal database and how it syncs with Family Tree to sharing information back and forth.

One Note-    One Note is computer based with cloud capability.  See how to use One Note in helping with your Family History research and organization.  Taught by Eileen Simmons

Online LDS Records-  There are many websites with LDS records available online.  Some are paid websites (although free at the Family History Center) and some are free websites.

Photos and Stories- The last week of Family Tree shows the basics of adding photos and stories.  But it is best learned by actually doing it.   Bring your photos in digital format (on your hard drive or on a flashdrive) or as photos (and we will scan them for you) and your stories.  Demonstrations will be given on how to attached photos and stories and then plenty of time for actual "hands on" trial and error.

Portal Options-  The Family History Center has access to several paid websites through the Family History Center Portal. Come learn what websites are available and how to search them. The cost of these individually would be hundreds of dollars- all for free!

Puzzilla and Google+ - Two mini-classes together in one lesson.  Learn how to use Puzzilla to find those missing cousins.  And check out the options of using Google+ to connect with extended family. Taught by K D McCombs.

Roots Magic-learn to use Roots Magic to keep track of all your own genealogical information. There is a free version available for download- no purchase is necessary to use this program. This is a 5 week course.  Taught by Joy Gittins

Technology in Research- Learn how to use different types of techology in all of the steps of research.  Great review for basic research steps and as well as a look at some different technologies available.

Tips and Tricks-  Looking for some new ideas for research logs, search techniques, organizational ideas, etc.  Come for a potpourri of ideas. 

U K Records- A three week class on what types of records exist, when they were kept and where to find them including some online options. Taught by Joy Gittins

Using Find my Past- The Center has a subscription to use Find My Past UK.  Bring your own names and learn how to research them using Find My Past UK and other free web sites.  Taught by Mary Curtis

Where do I Start? - A beginner's class in how to start working with Family Tree and Family Search.  Some basic organization tips and tricks, very basic research introduction, and basic overview of Family Tree. 

Whoo's in my Tree?- A class geared for young children.  Classes on Me, Mom, Dad, Grandma, Grandpa.  Need not be taken sequentially.   These classes are offered at the same time as other classes for adults. Taught by Trina Winn

Youth Family History- Look for some new Youth Classes this summer.

=== Online Webinars ===

Legacy's Webinar Page www.familytreewebinars.com/     Upcoming Webinars are free to view, just need to register. Even if you don't register, they are free to view for 7 days following the initial webinar. Topics include: how to use Legacy and dozens of webinars by professional genealogists. They have 52 already scheduled for 2014 and plan on adding more.

Roots Magic Webinar Page www.rootsmagic.com/webinars/ These are all free to view. To view live, you must register. But they are archived for viewing at a later time. Most of these deal with using Roots Magic. There are some others by Lisa Louise Cooke

Ancestry's Webinar Page www.ancestry.com/cs/us/videos These are free archived webinars. Most are how to use Ancestry and Family Tree Maker, but additional topics are also discussed.

Mesa's Family History Center Webinars- Live www.mesarfhc.org/Webinar.html These are all free to view.

Mesa's Family History Center Webinars- Archive (Webcasts link from the live page) www.mesarfhc.org/Webcasts.html  They record some of the classes offered at their Family History Center for viewing by patrons who are not able to attend the live classes.

Family Search Learning Center familysearch.org/learningcenter/home.html Hundreds of class options based on ability levels, location, and topics.

Staff Training Meetings Second Thursday of each month

Center Resources


Over 9000 Microfilms Includes Oakley Eagle and Oakley Herald, 3 & 4 generation records between 1965 & 1976, 600 LDS Films, Wards, ordinances, immigration, Nauvoo & Endowment House, Baptisms and Endowments

Over 60,000 Microfiche Including Oakley Herald 1911-1961

Obituaries 1987-2010 from Cassia and Minidoka counties including marriages Cassia and Minidoka counties death dates 1912-1987.

Cemetry records, Albion valley cemetery to 1970, Declo cemetary to 2005, Marion cemetary to 2010, Oakley cemetary, Valley Vu cemetry 1863-2005

Minidoka County marriage records from its inception in 1913 through 2000.

Family History Library Catalog: This center has the ability to order any of the films and fiche available through the Family History Library Catalog.

Databases and Software

PAF, Roots Magic, Legacy, Ancestry Quest, Family Search, Family Tree. Research Websites - Ancestry.com, Findmypast, World Vital Records.com, Heritage Quest, 19th Century British Library Newspaper Digital Archive, Access Newspaper Archive, Alexander Street Press (The American Civil War), ArkivDigital Online, Fold3.com, The Genealogist, Historic Map Works Library Edition, LegacyStories, Orgins.net, Paper Trail. (All are free at the Family History Center)

Hardware and Equipment 

16 all in one computers, 6 laptop computers,  2 printers (1 color), 1 copy machine, 2 scanners, 10 Microfilm readers, 1 Fiche reader, 1 Microfilm & microfiche copier/scanner/printer.

Center Services Staff Research Specialties

Volunteer at the Center