125 White Sage - Delta, Utah (435) 864-3312
We will be closed: Thursday before Easter, DHS Graduation evening, the week of July 4th and 24th, Thursday evening of the county fair, week of Thanksgiving, last two weeks of December

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

2018 FH Conference

Saturday, Aug 18, 2018, is the date for the Pahvant Valley Family History Conference.  The theme of this year’s conference is FAMILIES...MATTER. The conference is free and will be held at Delta High School. Opening session begins at 8:45 am with registration from 8:00 am to 8:45. The conference will provide 15 classes for you to choose from to help in researching and cataloging your family history.  Those registering for classes will have the option to purchase a lunch. Can register at the right side or Click here to register.

We are excited to announce that our keynote speaker will be Dan Debenham, host of the popular BYU TV reality show Relative Race.  The show is filming it’s fourth season and is filled with fun, emotion, stress, and drama. It shows the joy of learning about family relations and how much families matter!  The show is in partnership with Ancestry.com. DNA test results show how the relatives are related to the participants. Four couples compete to win a $50,000 cash prize and complete challenges with a twist as they travel to different cities to meet and spend the night with their newfound relatives.  Each couple has an allotted time to complete their travel to their relative’s home using only a flip phone and a map. The couple with the slowest time gets a strike and three strikes mean the couple is disqualified from the race and off the show.

Relative Race is a wonderful, family friendly show and is well worth your time to watch.  There are ten episodes for each season. You can find it on BYU TV or search online for “Relative Race” and enjoy!

Please join us for this exciting conference!

Thursday, September 8, 2016

2016 PV Family History Conference in Delta

             For more information, click the link below:
                            Gathering Their Posterity

October 15, 2016
9:00 am – 4:00 pm 
Delta High School   -   10 W 300 N    -    DeltaUtah 84624

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Find My Past 2016 - Karolyn Warnich

FindMyPast has become one of the pre-eminent websites for anyone doing British research. In particular, they have over 1 billion records from the British Isles. Over 1,000 of all their collections can be found only on FindMyPast and most of these are likely British.

The largest collection of records for FindMyPast are in the UK and Ireland collections. In 2012, FindMyPast moved into the US and Canadian market, becoming a partner is the digitization and indexing of the 1940 census. According to their website, they have 18 million registered users and 1.8 billion records. Their model is to actively partner with libraries and archives including FamilySearch, the British Library, the New England Historic Genealogical Society, the National Archives (UK) and Eneclann among others.

Findmypast is home to a massive collection of newspapers, especially from England Ireland. Our partnership with the British Newspaper Archive (https://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/) has added more than 11 million pages of newspaper images to the Findmypast site, and the goal is to digitize up to 40 million pages from the vast collection at the British Library. For most of these papers, this is the first time they have been made available online.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Delta FHC Classes for 4th Quarter 2016

The following are the classes for rest of the 2016 calendar year
Wedneday - September 7  Photo Identification
Wednesday - Oct 5  Personal Histories (What would your grandchildren want to know)
Wednesday - Nov 2  Putting Flesh on the Bones
Wednesday - Dec 7 Military Records

Tip of the Week: Most of us do not like to move, but some moves are so beneficial and necessary that they have to happen.
This is true with our ancestors.  When you find ancestors in the wrong place (wrong marriage, wrong parents, wrong children), you need to have the courage to move them.  The following are a few tips on how to make the move:

1.               Pray for help.
2.               Analyze the problem. Figure out where they actually do belong. Find and document your sources and reasoning, and add to your ancestors’ detail page in “notes” or “add a source”.
3.               Move them to the right place.
This sounds simplistic, but it works, and your ancestors will rejoice that they are where they belong. Once there, let FamilySearch start looking for substantiating “record hints” that you probably did not have before. Go to https://familysearch.org/ask/salesforce/viewArticle?id=kA230000000ZJw7CAG&lang=en for directions on how to do this.

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Helping a patron retrieve username and password

You can now help a patron retrieve their username and password online, and quickly.  Go to:  http://ldsaccount.lds.org/site and click the link the says "having trouble accessing my account".  It will give you three ways to retrieve:  membership number, email or telephone number.  This is a much faster way of getting your information.  I had not previously included my phone number, but went back in and edited my account to add the phone number ... the memory isn't what it used to be and you just never know...

Friday, June 3, 2011

Reference Links

Riverton Utah's Collection of Links (thanks to Ron Ray)

Digital Libraries


Language/Name/Term/Abbreviation Helps

Reference Maps

World Maps/Gazetteers

North America Maps/Gazetteers


Census Reference

Vital Records Reference

Vital Records Reference

Periodical Indexes & Reference Portals

Periodical Indexes
Reference Portals

Sunday, April 17, 2011

2nd Annual Pahvant Valley Family History Fair

The Fair was a great success. We hope you learned a ton, and enjoyed yourself immensely. Those that helped with the conference went above and beyond and those in attendance felt it was time well spent. Thanks for all of your support and help in making this another successful year at our 2nd Annual Conference.

Friday, April 8, 2011

Tri-Stake Conference September 17, 2011

It's that time again, and preparations are being made for the Pahvant Valley Family History Conference to be held September 17, 2011 from 9 am to 3 pm at the Millard High School in Fillmore. The theme this year is: Forever Families: The Perfect Gift. Plan now to attend and more information will be found here at a later date. Take a quick moment and sign up for the conference on the link in the mountain picture above. Tab to each new section and be sure to submit at the end. We look forward to seeing you there.

Fall Classes Coming Up

"Making Your Own Genealogy Blog" ... a six week hands on course. Bring your thoughts about what you would like to put online for others to access. Held on Thursday Evenings 7:00 p.m. on Sept 8, 15, 22, 29. Oct 13, 20. Taught by Allyson Wood

"Genealogy for the Very Beginner" ...a six week course introducing you to the very basics of genealogy in this day and age. Held on Tuesday afternoons at 2 p.m. and Wednesday Evenings at 7 pm: Oct 11-12, 18-19, 25-26, Nov 1-2, 8-9, 15-16. Taught by Vivian Rowlette.

"Which Program Should I Use to Enter My Data?" "Legacy? RootsMagic? PAF? or Ancestral Quest? Or something else?" ... Each week will be devoted to a different affiliate program. All programs may be checked out for free on the computers at the family history center. All but PAF charge a fee to put on your computer but can be tested with a trial version or at the Delta Family History Center. Sep 6 - Legacy; Sep 13 - RootsMagic; Sep 20: PAF and Family Insight; Sep 27: Ancestral Quest. All will be held at 7 p.m. Teachers are still pending.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

March 2011 Classes Available

Introduction to US Census and Census Takers Tuesday - March 8 at 11:00 amThursday - March 10 at 7:00 pm State Census' and Special Census' Tuesday - March 29 at 11:00 amThursday - March 31 at 7:00 pm

Saturday, December 4, 2010


The Delta Family History Center will start a series of Beginner Genealogy Classes. These classes will be geared to the ABSOLUTE BEGINNER. The classes will start on Tuesday afternoon January 11 at 2:00 pm and again on Wednesday evening, January 12 at 7:00 pm. The classes on Tuesday and Wednesday will be the same so if you are unable to attend one you may go the other class. The series of classes will last 5 weeks.
We invite anyone interested to attend. If you have any questions please contact the Family History Center at 864-3312 or check our our blog at deltafhc.blogspot.com.

Course Overview

When you’re a family history newbie, the prospect of diving into your roots research can seem overwhelming. This course will start you on the fun and rewarding journey of discovering your roots. Learn how to begin, where to look for information to extend your family tree, what to do with what you find and how to put it all together. WHAT YOU’LL LEARN

  • How to fill out a family tree chart
  • How to record and organize information
  • Where to find information to extend your family tree
  • How to search online and in repositories

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Upcoming Class

Dec 1: (probably at 7 pm) "8 Sources For Research" by Dave Larsen

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Organizing Your Paper Files

Nov 18, 2010 by Dean Wood The Basic Filing System Family Roots Organizer: http://www.123genealogy.com/organizer/ More in-depth explanation http://www.familysearch.org/Eng/Search/RG/frameset_rg.asp?Dest=G1&Guide=ALL_REF_DOC_-_Organizing_Paper_Files.asp Quick Overview: Color Coding System: Blue - Your Father's Father's line; Green - Your Father's Mother; Red - Your Mother's Father; Yellow - You Mother's Mother. Other Resources: Cyndiaslist: organizing Your Research http://www.cyndislist.com/organize.htm Ancestry.com: Get It Together (archive) http://www.ancestry.com/learn/library/category.aspx?category=&type=together&page=1&bydate=1

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Smashing Success

The conference was a great success this year with over 250 attending. Some of the classes will be repeated at the Delta Family History Center. Please contact Karolyn Warnick if you have a suggestion for classes. We will be posting what is happening here. To see what happened at our First annual conference check out: pvfhc.blogspot.com

Monday, September 27, 2010

Beginning Genealogy Classes

These classes are meant to build on each other and can be taken as a series, however, each class is also designed to teach the subject in one class period to help those looking for help in one area. As always, classes are open to all and free of charge. Class #1: "Where to Start" Tue 2 pm on Oct 11, & Wed 7 pm Oct 12, 2011 Class #2: "Organizing Systems" Tues 2 pm Oct 18, & Wed 7 pm Oct 19 Class #3: "Research Logs, Citing Sources" Tue 2 pm Oct 25 & Wed 7 pm Oct 26 Class #4: "Websites for Research" Tues 2 pm Nov 1 & Wed 7 pm Nov 2 Class #5: "Researching" Tues 2 pm Nov 8 & Wed 7 pm Nov 9 "Census & Death Records" Class #6: "How to use Google" Tues 2pm Nov 15 & Wed 7 pm Nov 16 "Other Places to Search" Instructor: Vivian Rowlette

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Conference 2010

To review what happened at the 1st Annual Pahvant Valley Conference go to: pvfhc.blogspot.com.
Filmore will be hosting the 2nd Annual Pahvant Valley Conference and more information will be posted here as well as on the official site at pvfhc.blogspot.com.

Sunday, July 4, 2010

The Secret Code

Genealogists have their own lingo and we tend to ramble on using this "secret code" without blinking an eye or realizing that the person they are talking to might not understand what they are saying. This is the code to some of the things genealogists are using.
  • AF = Ancestral File
  •  AFN = Ancestral File Number
  • BEPS = Baptism, Endowment, Sealed to Parents, Sealed to Spouse
  • BIC = Born in the Covenant
  • BMD = Birth, Marriage, Death
  • FAQ = Frequently Asked Questions
  • FHC = Family History Center
  • FS = Family Search
  • FSBeta = Family Search Beta
  • GEDCOM - Format for easily sharing data
  • GSU - Genealogical Society of Utah - partnered with FHC on many projects
  • IGI = International Genealogical Index
  • MRIN - Computer generated number for marriage
  • NEW.FS = New Family Search
  • Ordinance Index = List of temple work already provided up to July 2009.
  • PAF = Personal Ancestral File
  • Pedigree Resource File - a program instigated after the Ancestral file was closed.
  • PERSI = Periodical Source Index
  • RIN - Computer generated number for individuals
  • Temple Ready - is now replaced by new.familysearch. It means checking the IGI and new.familysearch for ordinances already done.
  • TIB = Temple Index Bureau
  • URL = Uniform Resource Locator = website address
  • B = birth
  • M = marriage
  • D = death
  • Bu = burial
  • Chr = Christening [not LDS blessing]

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Thoughts ...

Only a genealogist regards a step backwards as progress.

Genealogists live in the past lane.

Genealogy is the marriage of a jigsaw puzzle to a Dungeons & Dragons game.

Genealogists are time unravelers.

Genealogists don't die, they just lose their census.

Genealogy: It' all relative in the end.

I'd rather look for dead people than have them look for me.

I'm always late; my ancestors arrived on the Juneflower.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Youth and Family History

"those fingers - trained to text and tweet" can do much to accelerate and advance the work of the Lord. Everyone can contribute NOW to the work of salvation.
You are invited to:
  • learn about and experience the Spirit of Elijah
  • study and search out your ancestors
  • prepare yourself to perform proxy baptisms for YOUR kindred dead
  • help other people identify their family histories.
Ideas to help you accept this challenge can be found at: