We are so excited you found us. Come join us and see why the unraveling of family history is the fastest growing hobby in the land. All members of Idaho Genealogical Society and persons interested in their family history are welcome. The Idaho Genealogical Society meets 11 months out of the year.
Board meetings are held at the Boise Library, located at Cole and Ustick, 7557 W. Ustick, Boise, Idaho.
We will be changing board meetings to a new location in 2018.
09 October 2012
The Family History Center on Maurice Street in Twin Falls is open after their remodel project. I will be visiting there today to inquire about classes & other news.
RootsTech is offering Family History Consultants of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints a $99 discount to attend all three days of RootsTech 2013. To get the $99 price, consultants must use a discount code at checkout. Consultants received the code in an email on or about last Friday. If you are a consultant and are not receiving consultant emails, I encourage you to register:
- Go to https://www.familysearch.org/serve
- Login if not already
- Go to My Preferences
- Select your Church calling
Get Ready For RootsTech!This is a great, high energy video. If you presented, blogged, exhibited, sponsored, or just attended RootsTech 2012, check it out. You might see yourself. You’ll definitely see people you know.
Can’t view the video above? See it at http://bcove.me/bh51ll4f.
31 July 2012
21 July 2012
Monday, July 2nd, 2012, the Idaho Sesquicentennial Special License Plate will go on sale in every County Motor Vehicle Registration and Licensing office in Idaho, (See Attachment). In Nez Perce County,- (The Nez Perce County Court House). Revenues derived from the sale of the Idaho Sesquicentennial Special License Plates will go to every county's historical society or designated entities in the State of Idaho. In Nez Perce County, revenues will be equally shared by the Nez Perce County Historical Society and the Lewiston Historic Preservation Commission.
The Lewiston Historic Preservation Commission successively initiated, supported and sponsored the Idaho Sesquicentennial Special License Plate Bill. Commissioners on the Lewiston Historic Preservation Commission include Bill R. Miller, Chair; Jacquelyn Height, Vice Chair; Bill McVicars; Greg Follett; Dwight Ferguson; John Mock; Ron Karlberg; Garry Bush; Tara Forsmann; Dr. Dennis Ohrtman, Lewiston City Council Liaison and former commissioner, Dick Riggs.
Cost of this Special Plate will be $35 plus registration fees. Sample Plates are $30.00.
Be sure and ask for and receive credit for the remaining months left on your current license plate when applying for the Idaho Sesquicentennial Special License Plate.
Commemorate and celebrate Idaho's Sesquicentennial 1863 - 2013, one-hundred fifty years as a territory and state.
08 July 2012
30 June 2012
I have always been interested in genealogy because I never knew any of my Grandparents. Three had died before I was born & one when I was just three years old.
When my Mom died in 2003, I joined ancestry.com and started my journey up my family tree. Juvanne taught me how to research and helped me get started. When my first grandson was born in 2007, I started a tree just for him. He now has over seven thousand people in his tree!!!
I will be keeping everyone posted about genealogy news in Idaho. Happy hunting!!
19 June 2012
Juvanne Martin, CG
President of IGS
16 March 2012
Relative Collectors Meeting at the State Archives- Saturday March 17th
10:30-12. Featuring IGS President Juvanne Martin lecturing on "Coping
with No Database for the 1940 Census: Using Finding Aids and Enumeration
Followed by the Idaho Genealogical Society Board Meeting (begins as soon as DRC is over). Everyone is welcome.
25 February 2012
1940 Census video from Archives.gov
Then on April 2, you can see the digitized images from the census @ 1940census.archives.gov.
(Remember they are not indexed! That is why we are volunteering to index them.)
If you are interested in volunteering in the indexing project, please register for an indexing account at : http://the1940census.com . Once you submit your name, email, and preferred state to index, you will get instructions in an email on how to sign up. When you create your profile, remember to look for: <Group> on the <My Profile> page. Under <Group>, select <Idaho Genealogical Society>. We would be grateful if you joined our team! The sponsors are going to have some fun contests with prizes to encourage the volunteers. It's going to be a unique opportunity for all ! Please join us and be sure to send us an email when you sign up @ email@example.com. We can confirm that you've joined our group and if not, we can fix it so you are!!
22 February 2012
and How to Use Them for Genealogy"
Saturday, February 25th, 10:30 am - 12 pm
Idaho State Archives
2205 Old Penitentiary Road
The DRC meetings are just prior to the IGS Board Meetings. The DRC meets the 3rd Saturday at 10:30 a.m. at the Idaho State Archives, 2205 Old Penitentiary Road, Boise, ID 83712. Come learn from our talented lecturers and then put to practice what you've learned in the Idaho State Archives!!
This month, DRC hosts IGS Vice-President, historian, and lecturer, Christa Klemme. Christa has previously taught classes to the DRC group on topics such as Immigration and Naturalization, Migration Patterns and British Isles research. She is a regular lecturer at the BYU-ID Nampa Family History Conference. Please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org if you'd like a copy of the class syllabus.
Future DRC scheduled classes are as follows:
Idaho Genealogical Society
13 February 2012
03 February 2012
28 January 2012
The license bill number is RS 20960. It will be introduced into the House Transportation Committee on Feb 2, 2012.
27 January 2012
To register for the 1940 census indexing project, go to: https://indexing.familysearch.org/
Click “Register”. Even if you are a member of the LDS Church, you will have to register as a non-member to sign up for our IGS group project. When you are registering, it will say, "What kind of account do you want to create?" Please select “FAMILY SEARCH ACCOUNT (for the general public)”. You must be at least 13 years of age to register. You should get a drop down menu for groups. They will be in alphabetical order. Find Idaho Genealogical Society.
Once registered, you can go back into the site and download the indexing software you will need for indexing.
1. Click Download Now to download the Indexing program installer.
2. Run (open) the installer to set up the Indexing program on your computer.
3. Click the new desktop icon to run the Indexing program.
4. Follow the instructions to create a new FamilySearch account (if you don't already have one.)
5. says “sign in” and begin indexing.
19 January 2012
While the Idaho Genealogical Society has been growing leaps and bounds this last year with advances in technology through avenues such as our website, our Facebook page, and our Blog, we've never been on national radio before! The Idaho Genealogical Society has been invited to be featured on My Society hosted by The Federation of Genealogical Societies. What a treat this will be for us!
Mark your calendars! The Idaho Genealogical Society will be featured in the Society Spotlight segment of an upcoming episode of FGS Radio – My Society (http://www.blogtalkradio.com/mysociety) this coming Saturday.
18 January 2012
I have taught many a class and I get countless comments on how many fellow family historians feel behind the times in technology in regards to how it relates to genealogy. The Rootstech 2012 conference is the perfect solution to that conundrum. I truly appreciate the variety of levels of skill that this conference is directed towards. We are all going at our own pace in genealogy & technology and it is nice that RootsTech addresses this. The classes and computer workshops are directed towards beginner and intermediate users, as well as, developers. The classes are original and intriguing. They are of a different variety than the ones offered at BYU Family History Conferences offered in the summer in Provo.
The fees are relatively inexpensive for a conference. The class schedule is online now. In fact, the workshops are filling up fast. Schedule your workshops today if you are planning on attending!!
Juvanne Martin, CG[SM], President of the Idaho Genealogical Society, and myself are headed to Salt Lake to try out RootsTech. So many good class topics to choose from. There is even a class on Genealogy Podcasts and Blogs 101! (Stay tuned to the blog! It only gets better!!!)
Another exciting class we plan on attending is the Help Index the 1940 U.S. Census. The IGS has been asked to assist recruiting people and help index the 1940 Census. What a great way for us to get a sneak peak into the 1940 Census!
We'll keep you posted on our adventures in SLC, RootsTech, the Keynote speakers, featured lunches, the night of comedy, and our late night at the Family History Library. (My husband wonders why I get so excited about late nights in the library! To some it's boring. However, it's like candy to me! If they did an over-nighter at the Library you wouldn't have to ask me twice to sign-up!)
Act now - RootsTech. You won't regret it. So many things to look forward to...
Idaho Genealogical Society