Welcome to The Idaho Falls Idaho FamilySearch Library Website!

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Stay Tuned! We will be setting up a Family Discovery Activity Area where you may come as a family and participate in many different fun family history activities. We will make formal announcement of this on our Blog Page. ×

Location: 750 West Elva Street, Idaho Falls, ID 83402
(208) 524-5291
OPEN: Mon, Fri, Sat 9-5 / Tue, Wed, Thu 9-8

Learning Opportunities

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"Family History" is not your grandmother's family history. Family history is NOT the same thing as "Genealogy". So much has changed over the past few years! Come and discover all the FUN and different aspects of family history. Get to know your ancestors in a different way.

Explore the FOUR different areas below on how you can bring family history fun into your home and work on it as a family!

Many church members are relying on applications like "Hope Chest", "Take a Name", etc to help them "find names to take to the temple". While somewhat helpful in finding those "green temple icons", using these types of programs are also fraught with problems. Realize that Family Tree is filled with duplications and other errors, resulting from decades of multiple and often conflictual data submissions. Just because the application tells you that people are ready to take to the temple, this is NOT so. Countless ordinances have been redone countless times on the many duplicated individuals in Family Tree. It is up to us as church members to validate the accuracy of the "Person" information, remove the duplicates, etc. Besides…would you not want to learn more about that ancestor ("name") that you are going to do temple work for? They are NOT a "name", but a person that actually lived, had their life challenges and successes.

There are much
better ways to research or find ancestral names for temple work. If you would like some help, please feel free to contact your ward consultant, or also visit us at the library for help.

Learn about Census Records and Descendancy Research. With all the FamilySearch and Ancestry hints available, research work has become so much easier and you will find the stories and facts about your "cousins" much more quickly.
Watch a few animated movies about how important indexing is! Old records are not easily searchable without the efforts of the many indexers. Do you only have a little bit of time during the week? Do you travel a lot? Think about indexing batches. All it takes is a browser! Your efforts will be greatly appreciated.
Temple AND Family History go together. They are BOTH HALVES of the blessing that we will receive. It is the way that we can learn to love our ancestors.