I very much enjoyed the recent Coeur Voice article about family history and family stories, and I couldn’t agree more with the value of discovering our ancestors’ stories. However, I must disagree with the last paragraph. There is plenty of information available free in our area.
The Kootenai Genealogical Society has helpers available at the Hayden Library every Wednesday. Their collections of books, films and local history are impressive.
The local FamilySearch Center is open four days a week, with free access to Ancestry.com and at least 14 other premium services. The center opens at 10 a.m. Monday through Thursday, and closes at 9 p.m. — except for Mondays, when they close at 5 p.m. This center has been freely serving the community, in various locations, for at least 40 years. It is one of the largest and busiest FamilySearch centers in the Inland Northwest! There is a large collection of books, microfiche and film, and 15 computers for patron usage, all for free.
The center is located in an annex on the west end of the Hayden Lake LDS Stake Center at 2293 W. Hanley Ave. The phone number there is 208-765-0150 if you have questions. Readers can check their website for free Tuesday night lessons and Thursday “brown bag” lunch lessons by googling “Hayden Lake Family History Center.” And watch for the free October Family History Discovery Day Seminar this fall! Free lessons and lunch for a full day of family history!
Also, FamilySearch.org is freely available on the Internet from home. This website has grown from about 2 million to 179 million names in just the last six years! Just sign in to FamilySearch.org and start searching! Build your own family tree there as well, and see it connect with what’s already been entered. (Right-of-privacy for living people is protected.)
Last but not least, a fairly recent addition to the Internet genealogy family is The Family History Guide, which has lessons, links to many family history-based sites on the web, and lots more. Sure, family history can be costly, but it doesn’t have to be!
Searching since 1970,
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Connie Godak is a Hayden resident.