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 2013:

April 6-7 for General Conference

  • May 25-27 for Memorial Day
  • July 4-7 for Independence Day Weekend
  • August 22 for Cleaning
  • August 31-September 2 for Labor Day Weekend
  • October 5-6 for General Conference
  • Closed beginning at 12:00 pm on November 27 through December 1 for Thanksgiving
  • 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

2013 Class Handouts

Click below to access handouts for classes from previous months:

Handouts for January 2013 Classes

February Classes

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

February Class List 

Click below to acces handounts for February 2013 classes:

February 2013 Class Handouts

Day Time Title Description Dates Instructor Category
Monday 10:00-11:00 Flash Drives-Using, Organizing, & Syncing Lesson 1-Identifying and securing your flash drive, renaming and adding fun icons. 4 Rusty Jenkins Beginning
Lesson 2-File naming for images and files, saving images to your flash drive. 11
No Class-President’s Day Holiday No Class
Lesson 3-Organizing and syncing your flash drive. Questions & answers. 25
Monday 11:30-12:30 Sourcing in RootsMagic Lesson 1-Source vs. citation, how to choose a source template and begin filling it out. 4 Holly Kauer Sourcing
Lesson 2-How to fill out the six tabs within the edit source box. 11
No Class-President’s Day Holiday No Class
Lesson 3-Source tips and then “hands-on” adding a fact and attach a source to it. 25
Monday 1:00 -2:00 Lesson 1-General overview and history of 4 Mary Schaat Research
Lesson 2-Understanding the Research Wiki and other learning resources 11
No Class-President’s Day Holiday No Class
Lesson 3- Tips for effectively searching historical records/Creative Search strategies 25
Monday 2:30-3:30 Cemetery Records Lesson 1-Overview of cemetery records., Find a Grave 4 Carol Ann Ladle Research
Lesson, Billion Graves, Records in Stone, and Dead Fred. 11
Tuesday 10:00-11:00 Legacy Lesson 1-Introduction to Legacy- importing and editing your genealogy database. 5 Luc Comeau Record Management
Lesson 2-Using relationships, bookmarks, backups and ensuring information is correct. 12
Lesson 3-How to use searching, reports and charting. 19
Lesson 4-Pictures, finding duplicates, research logs and research guidance in Legacy. 26
Tuesday 11:30-12:30 RootsMagic Lesson 1-Getting started/ personalizing RootsMagic. 5 Angie Kivett Record Management
Lesson 2-Using FamilySearch Central: Easy Find, Share, Match, Submit & Track. 12
Lesson 3-Powerful & Helpful Tools: Lists, Reports & Wall Charts. 19
Lesson 4-FamilySearch Central/ Attaching scanned, Internet or typed sources & photos. 26
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 5 Cheryl Graham Record Management
Lesson 2- learn how to connect or sync with new.familysearch/Family Tree 12
Lesson 3- Learn all the functions the printer can do 19
Lesson 4- Individual help 26
Tuesday 2:30-3:30 On-Line Scrap-booking Lesson1-Introduction to digital scrapbooking, and setting up an account. 5 Jamie Tonks and Arielle Cherry Family Connections
Lesson 2 -Learning the features and options available on the website 12
Lesson 3-Uploading photos, answering questions, and beginning your book 19
Lesson 4-Continue or finish your project, and answer any questions 26
Tuesday 6:00-7:00 Legacy Lesson 1-Introduction to Legacy- importing and editing your genealogy database. 5 Luc Comeau Record Management
Lesson 2-Using relationships, bookmarks, backups and ensuring information is correct. 12
Lesson 3-How to use searching, reports and charting. 19
Lesson 4-Pictures, finding duplicates, research logs and research guidance in Legacy. 26
Wednesday 10:00-11:00 England Research Beginning Lesson 1: Getting Started 6 Alden Partridge Research
Lesson 2: England Censuses Records 13
Lesson 3: England Civil Registration Records 20
Lesson 4: England Church Records 27
Wednesday 11:30-12:30 Writing Life Histories Lesson 1:Writing personal life histories through journals, diaries, and calendars 6 Larry Saunders Life Histories
Lesson 2: Collecting histories, documents, and pictures. 13
Lesson 3: Choosing a theme to give your history life and organization. 20
Lesson 4: Writing the history of the current family, i.e. reunions with pictures, etc. 27
Wednesday 1:00-2:00 Family Tree Extra Advanced training in the skills and tools introduced in the regular Family Tree class. Beginners should take the regular class first.) Lesson 1: Editing Relationships-Group instruction and guided practice 6 Shirley Watson Family Tree
Lesson 2: Merging individuals-Group instruction and guided practice 13
Lesson 3:Searching and Sourcing-Group instruction and guided practice 20
Lesson 4:Questions and Answers 27
Wednesday 2:30-3:30 Descendant Research (Participants need 3-4 generations of ancestors to begin.) No Lesson on this date No class Treva Turley Research
Lesson 1-Rescue your deceased family as you progress through these steps. 13
Lesson 2-View an online case study of Descendency Research 20
Lesson 3-Guided practice using your ancestors to identify names for temple ordinances. 27
Wednesday 7:00-8:30 RootsMagic (Need laptop computer with WiFi.) Four hands-on computer lessons which begin at the basics of RootsMagic and build to the advanced features of this program. Emphasis on “low hanging fruit”—finding ancestors who need ordinances and verifying the accuracy of your records with FamilySearch. 6 Gary Purse Record Management
Thursday 10:00-11:00 Family Tree Lesson 1-Sign-in, navigation, and online training. 7 Doug Poole Family Tree
Lesson 2-Adding, editing, and providing suitable reasons. 14 (Beginning)
Lesson 3-Correcting information about family relationships and individuals 21
Lesson 4-Adding sources and beta for adding photos, stories, and documents 28
Thursday 11:30-12:30 Lesson 1-Layout and menus—simple searches. 7 Aldene Poole
Lesson 2-Types of records and helps—simple searches. 14
Lesson 3-Advance searches and sourcing information 21
Lesson 4-Search strategies 28
Thursday 1:00 – 2:00 Beginning Computer Lesson 1-Computer basics—keyboard, mouse, monitor, and how to use. 7 Doug Tietjen Beginning
Lesson 2-Copy files, create folders, take snapshots of your screen. 14
Lesson 3-Microsoft Word—tabs, bullets, margins, undo, fonts, etc. 21
Lesson 4-Basics of Google Drive—account, upload & download files, create, share docs. 28
Thursday 6:00-7:00 Family Tree Lesson 1-Foundations and Navigation 7 Marilyn Sommer Family Tree
Lesson 2-Adding and Editing Facts 14 (Beginning)
Lesson 3-Searching and Sourcing with FamilySearch 21
Lesson 4: Name Submission 28
Friday 10:00-11:00 I-Pads & Androids—Stronger Testimonies through Technology Lesson1-Using Gospel Library to search and ponder the scriptures 8 Janine Gilbert Technology
Lesson 2-Using mobile apps to immerse yourself in the Word 15
Lesson 3-Using technology to share your testimony and provide service 22
Friday 11:30-12:30 How Computers Work-Your Questions Insights, questions, and answers about how computers work. Have a question about computers? Come find the answer. Class repeats each week with new Q & Answers. 8, 15, 22 Ed Kirkpatrick Computer
Friday 2:30-3:30 Beginning Genealogy Personalized Consultation—How do I start? Where do I go? How do I repair problems with my files and how they are organized? Help! Come to this class. Repeats each week. 8,15 Carla Ricks Beginning
Saturday 9:00-12:00 Fast-Track A jump-start to learn a lot in a few hours! Learn Family Tree, FamilySearch, Research, Sourcing, and Submitting names for temple ordinances. PARTICIPANTS NEED TO REGISTER. 9 Center Consultants Fast-Track
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. 3,10,17,24 Ward Consultants 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.


Registration is now open for the first Bi-Annual Rexburg FamilySearch Center Family History Conference. Please see the information below and click on the link to register.

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 to 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.

Click the following link to learn more and register for the conference:

Rexburg FamilySearch Center Family History Conference Website

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: