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Frequently Asked Questions About BYU-Idaho Family History Web Services
Below you will find answers to many questions we receive through e-mail from our patrons. We encourage you to look through these questions first so that we can help you better.
We are located on the 2nd
Floor of the David O. McKay Library on the BYU-Idaho
campus in Rexburg, Idaho. The BYU-Idaho FHC is associated
with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saint's
History Library. We are here to help you in your
search and can obtain many of the resources from the
Salt Lake City Family History Library. Click
here to find out about our hours of operation.
The library is open to everyone and is staffed by
To search by county you must search using our new
search page. The biggest problem you might encounter
when searching is when there is no state selected
when you try to choose the county. If you choose the
state first you will then be able to see the list
of counties within that state.
Over the past decade, the BYU-Idaho Family History Center has been extracting early marriage records from counties in the western part of the United States. Virtually all of the pre-1900 marriages are included in the index for Arizona, Idaho, and Nevada. Many Idaho and Utah counties have been extracted into the 1930s. A significant number of marriages from southwestern Wyoming, eastern Washington, eastern Oregon and selected counties in California are also included. For more details see the List of Counties by State.
If you wish to make a correction to the Western States
Marriage Index please send an e-mail to email@example.com.
Be sure you list the ID# of the record that you wish
to alter, your return e-mail address, how it is supposed
to be changed, and if there are any references to
support your request.
We welcome everyone to help us in growing this database. We
suggest that you contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or
personally, so that we can confirm what needs to be done
for certain counties. To make it easier to upload large
numbers of marriages a standard has been set in how to
submit records through a spreadsheet. Please visit our
submission instructions page to read about these standards.
Click on the following link http://abish.byui.edu/specialCollections/fhc/Obit/searchForm.cfm, and then type in the name of the person you are looking for. Once found, copy and paste the information and e-mail it to us, including your e-mail and home address. We will then forward your submission to the Idaho Falls Family History Center.
To request this information directly, which is preferred,
please mail requests to the Idaho Falls Family History Center:
Click on the following link http://abish.byui.edu/specialCollections/GenRequest.htm, and then type in the person's name, year you want for a census record or their year of death (depending on whether you are requesting a death certificate or census record) along with your mailing address and e-mail address. Keep in mind that for death certificates, we only cover the years 1911-1935. If they died before or after these years, all we can do is give you an address to the county clerk of the county they died in for further information.
After 1935 please contact the Idaho
Center for Vital Statistics; Street address: 450 West State
Street, 1st Floor; Mailing Address P.O. Box 83720, Boise, ID
83720-0036. Their phone number is (208) 334-5988 and the web
address is: www.state.id.us/dhw. If
you are looking for information before 1911 please contact
the individual counties, you can click
this address to search
for these addresses.
We design our pages using Macromedia Dreamweaver
and other software for graphic imaging. These sites
are tested using Internet Explorer Version 6.0, but
any recent browser that supports Java Script and Cascading
Style Sheets should work just fine. Currently we program
using the HTML 4.01 Transitional language, currently
some of our pages do not have doc type headers. If
there are problems we may be working on a page when
you are searching, so try the refresh button after
about a minute or two first, otherwise let us know
about it. Please inform us of any problems, such as
broken links, by sending and e-mail to email@example.com.
Web pages and content are maintained by library staff
and student employees. Please let us know if there
are major problems. We are working on trying to make
this site more accessible to the public. Some data
entry to the databases is done by students as projects
for their classes, but later checked by employees
to make sure it is accurately entered.
Currently our header is wider than most printers can print in Portrait orientation, so most problems can be solved by setting your printer in landscape orientation. We do try to keep the body text of the documents in a printable width. Most web browsers have a print preview option, this is a good practice to look at the page so you do not print items you do not need.
We also have some pages that have a printer friendly link,
which opens a new window with a minimal header and no
footer. The printer friendly versions are designed for maximum
use on Internet Explorer, some other browsers like Netscape
look much different.
We do not collect any personal information other
than what is provided to us in our interactive forms
and by e-mail. The information you provide to us will
only be used to respond to your inquiries and implement
the suggestions you provide.
We assume no guarantee of the accuracy of the information
provided. You may link to any of our web pages, but
recognize that these addresses may change at any time.
The graphics and layouts of this web page may not
be copied for commercial purposes. Feel free to print
and use the data provided for personal use, contact
us if you have any questions.
The website was built using Macromedia Dreamweaver MX for the design. The backend is running on ColdFusion.