Free Online Webinars in Spanish: Sharing the Expertise of the Family History Library

May 9, 2014  - by 

Have you ever wanted to attend a class at the Family History Library but you couldn’t afford the gas or the plane tickets to get here? Recognizing the limitations many of you face, the Family History Library has begun online webinars as a way to share our expertise with the world.

For Spanish speakers, online webinars are a regular occurrence. These presentations are designed specifically for Spanish speaking researchers in Spain and Latin America. The themes include topics for beginners and intermediate researchers and are taught by the research specialists from the Family History Library Latin America team. The first Saturday class has been designated as a class for beginners while the third Saturday class is for intermediates to advanced researchers. Our most recent class held on May 3 drew 88 attendees from 12 countries around the world.

These classes are taught simultaneously at the Family History Library so if you are one of the lucky ones who lives near Salt Lake City, we invite you to come view the class in person to allow space online for those who live outside the area.

Date: Every 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month

Time: 1 pm Mountain Time (Daylight Time until November 2) with the exception of the first Saturday in April and October (Note: No classes are held in December).

A list of our upcoming Spanish language classes:

May 17: ¿No hay otros registros?Many researchers in Spain and Latin America are acquainted with Civil Registration and Catholic Parish records. This class will present several lesser known record types, including military records, immigration records, and notarial records.

June 7: Como organizar tu Genealogía. Are you your own brick wall because of your lack of organization? This class will discuss different ways to organize your research and records. We’ll also discuss how to use a research log and the importance of using family group sheets, pedigree charts, and extraction forms.

June 21: Encontrando a nuestros primos. This class will highlight descendancy research,, and other ways to fill out all the branches of your family tree.

July 5: Árbol Familiar para principiantes. Are you a beginner with Family Tree? This class is for you. How to get started, entering and editing information, combining records, and other important principles for beginners.

July 19: ¿Y ahora qué? Cómo hacer la investigación genealógica. This is our basic methodology class designed for those who have gathered their family information and are ready to begin their research. We will do a couple of case studies demonstrating the research process.

These classes are presented only in Spanish, no translation is provided.

To join the webinars, please use this link:

When signing in, please include your first name and the name of the country or state from where you are watching. If you are watching as a group, please include the number of people viewing the class together in your sign-in name. For example: If your name is Ercilia and you were watching from Chile with 4 other friends at the local Family History Center your sign-in name might look like this:  Ercilia Chile 5

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  1. I have been doing my research for years and have long attended genealogy conferences with few or no classes geared toward Hispanic research. Having attended these online webinars, I appreciate the expertise of the presenters. They are top notch!

    Thank you for setting them up and at all levels, from beginners to experts. I always walk away from them with something I didn’t know before.

    1. Thanks for your comments! Please help us spread the word. We need more Hispanic genealogy classes around the world!

      1. Are these classes archived? In Texas, we have an enormous need for these classes for our Spanish-Speaking Consultants.

        1. Rochell, beginning in March of this year we have been recording the classes and they can be found in the FamilySearch Learning Center. You will need to select Spanish on the left-hand side for the language and then you can either scroll through the list of classes or do a search for them using the search box.

  2. I am so pleased that these are Spanish Class’s as I do not know the names of all the records in Spanish. This will help me out in a non spanish speaking way.