Wednesday, June 21, 2017

New Family History Ideas for Summer

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Summer Family History Ideas

Ever wonder what you might want to do for your next family home evening or your next reunion? Sister Welch, one of our supervisors at the FamilySearch Library, gave a very informative class this last week on family activities that will spark your youngest to oldest member to want to seek out information about their relatives. You can go to the class downloads on the front page of our website, and there you will find links  for all the exciting games that you can make or play on your computer.  The download has the links to many fun family friendly activities that you can do in the comfort of your own home, or print off to use for your family.  For more information on other activities, go to the site menu and click "activities," to find other games and information.  For this class hand out,  Click here

This class will be offered again this summer. The class schedules are also listed on the webpage.  

Idaho Falls FamilySearch Library Closing for Summer Break

Summer Maintenance Closing June 26 - July 9

The Idaho Falls FamilySearch Library will be closed June 26 - July 9 for maintenance and some exciting changes!  A new mini Family Discovery Center will be offered here at the FamilySearch Library.  Missionaries will be here to help you scan, do research, and learn more about your family in a user-friendly way for both children and adults.  Watch for additional information about this new Family Discovery Center coming in the next few weeks. 

The FamilySearch Center will have a new look when we reopen.  There will be a remodeling that will help the Center to accommodate the new Discovery Center and make the Library more functional. We are excited to have you come join us and see the changes!

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Warm Welcome to New Directors

Elder Stephen and Sister Trish Meyers, new Area Temple and Family History Consultants at the Family Idaho Falls FamilySearch Library

We are pleased to announce that Elder and Sister Meyers have been called to serve as the Directors of the Idaho Falls FamilySearch Library.  They replace Elder Ned Sweat who served for nearly six years as Director.

Elder and Sister Meyers have lived in Idaho Falls since 1992.  Elder Meyers was raised in California but graduated from Idaho Falls High School where his dad worked for two years.  Sister Meyers was raised in Delta, Utah. They met at BYU in Provo.  After they were married, Elder Meyers continued his schooling in Fort Worth, Texas where he went to medical school.  Elder Meyers is a Pediatrician and served as a Navy Pediatrician for 13 years before they moved to Idaho Falls.  He retired in 2015 from Pediatrics.  Elder and Sister Meyers love Family History.  They have served in numerous callings in the church, and have really enjoyed serving as ward family history consultants for the last four years.  
They love teaching others how to use the FamilySearch website to discover their family relationships.  Elder Meyers has a special interest in scanning photos, editing them and putting them on FamilySearch to share with other family members.  They are both excited to be involved in this great work.  They are especially excited to provide activities which will be fun for families to do together and help them get excited about doing this great work.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Best Wishes to Dear Friends

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It's time for us to say farewell and best wishes to a number of dear friends who have served so faithfully at the Idaho Falls FamilySearch Library.  

Nate Inglet has served for a number of years at the Library taking care of the computers, printers, copiers, etc., and keeping us connected to Salt Lake.  He has solved numberless technology crises and kept us online.  With the many changes that have occurred over the past few years, we couldn't have done it without him.  We hope he enjoys his well-deserved retirement!

Another faithful missionary heading for retirement is Elder Robbins.  Elder Robbins has also assisted with the technology at the Library.  His kind, helpful service for the past ten years has been greatly appreciated.  Elder Robbins will be trading his Library service for temple service, serving two days a week at the newly renovated Idaho Falls Temple.  We are so grateful for Elder Robbins' example and willingness to serve.  He will be missed!

Getting the many books at the FamilySearch Library digitized so the entire world has access to them has been the project of Terry Kerzwell. Terry has worked for several years preparing books to be sent for digitizing.  The Idaho Falls FamilySearch Library has had books on its shelves that were only available for those who came in and searched them.  Now, those same books are available to be searched from your own computer wherever you may be.  Enjoy your retirement, Terry!

If one year in Hawaii sounds like your kind of missionary experience, talk to Elder and Sister Hall.  After faithfully serving at the Idaho Falls FamilySearch Library, they will be serving at the Polynesian Cultural Center in Hawaii for one year.  These wonderful missionaries will certainly be missed at the Library, but they will be a welcome addition at the Polynesian Cultural Center.  Send some sun our way, Elder and Sister Hall!!

Also missed will be Karla LaCourse.  Karla has served diligently at the FamilySearch Library for the past year.  She has always been happy and willing to serve.  Karla is ready to continue her exciting journey in life by enrolling in the church program, Pathways, which is a low-cost, flexible way to pursue a university degree online. In addition, Karla is planning to spend some time working in a local day care.  Best wishes for your very bright future, Karla!

Last, we will all miss Elder Heisel.  He is a young elder with great technology skills who has been willing and anxious to help all who visit the Idaho Falls FamilySearch Library, whether missionary or patron.  Those serving at the Library are always grateful for the young Elders and Sisters who serve and have good understanding of computers and other technology.  They are always a great blessing to those around them!  Thank you for your service, Elder Heisel, and best wishes as you continue your education and your exciting journey ahead!

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Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Increase your Family History research skills by watching a webinar!!

Have You Watched a Webinar lately?

(A webinar is an online seminar/class that you watch from your computer.)

Free Family History Library Classes and Webinars for June 2017

The Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah, has announced its free family history classes and webinars for June 2017. Participants can attend in person or online. 

If you are unable to attend a class in person or online, most sessions are recorded and can be viewed later online at your convenience. To access these, go to the archive for Family History Library classes and webinars.  For additional information on these classes and Webinars, click on this link: 
June 2017 Family Search Webinars

Free Legacy Webinars for June 2017

Each week Legacy Family Tree provides Webinars on a variety of topics to help you with your Family History.  The Webinars are free to watch and continue to be free for a week.  After the week, there is a monthly or yearly subscription fee to watch all videos in their library.  Handouts are available if you have a subscription.  (Webinars scheduled through the end of the year are also listed.)

Date presented liveName of WebinarPresenter
Wednesday, May 31, 2017The Great War: Researching Your World War I AncestorsMichael L. Strauss, AG
Wednesday, Jun 07, 2017Researching Your Minnesota AncestorsPaula Stuart-Warren, CG, FMGS, FUGA
Friday, Jun 09, 2017The Increasing Need for Foreign Language IndexingDevin Ashby
Wednesday, Jun 14, 2017How Harry Potter Can Teach You About DNABlaine Bettinger, Ph.D., J.D.
Friday, Jun 16, 2017What Now? Your Next Steps with Autosomal DNA TestingDiahan Southard
Tuesday, Jun 20, 2017Beating the Bushes: Using the GPS to Find Jacob Bush's FatherElissa Scalise Powell, CG, CGL
Wednesday, Jun 21, 2017Virtual Family Reunions: Super Easy, Super FunDear MYRTLERuss Worthington
Wednesday, Jun 28, 2017Canada's Top 10Kathryn Lake Hogan

To sign up for one or more of these free Webinars for June, click Here