United States Research Seminar

June 5, 2015  - by 

The Family History Library and the Research Specialists of the United States and Canada Reference team invite you to a free, never before offered, week-long
seminar focused exclusively on U.S. research. The seminar, which will be held October 12th – 16th, 2015, is perfect for beginning and intermediate genealogists interested in learning about U.S. records, FamilySearch resources, and Family History Library collections.

Come and spend a week at the world renowned Family History Library learning from our expert staff genealogists on how to effectively use the FamilySearch Catalog, Historical Records, and Research Wiki. Explore such topics as cemetery, census, church, immigration, land, military, naturalization, newspaper, probate, and vital
records. Learn more about African-American and American Indian research. And discover new techniques, strategies, and methodology to apply to your genealogical research problems.

Seating is limited to 50 participants, so be sure to register early to secure a spot. To register for the seminar visit the FamilySearch Wiki and search for the topic United States Research Seminar. Registration instructions are found under the subheading Registration. Each participant will be provided a free spiral-bound syllabus containing all class handouts and materials.

For those who would like to attend the seminar but are unable, fifteen of the thirty classes will be broadcast via webinar (*). For more information or to attend the webinar classes use the above link.

We hope this seminar will not only be informative and instructive, but that it will also encourage and inspire you to continue your family history research. Perhaps this seminar will be just what you need to break through that 20 year old brick-wall research problem. We look forward to working with you!

NOTE: This seminar is currently full but individuals can still register. Names will be added to a wait list and individuals will be notified by e-mail if a spot opens. Individuals can still attend by webinar by using the following link: https://familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/United_States_Research_Seminar


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  1. Wishing you would do this during the summer or even take it on the road!! Come to Atlanta!!
    I keep saying,
    “When I retire from teaching . . . . .”

  2. This is outstanding. Many thanks. I also would like to know if any printable information will be available along with the webinars. It would be very helpful.

  3. I am currently registered to attend the U. S. Research Seminar at the FHL, October 12-16, 2015. I am unable to attend and hope that this notice is early enough for someone else to take my spot.
    I notice in the email I received about the Seminar that 15 of the 30 classes are offered as Webinars. What does that mean? Is there access to those particular seminars outside of the Seminar enrollment?
    Carol Burns

  4. Jean lived in Gardener Street Belfast and had a daughter Margaret Rose on 23 May 1938. The child was adopted by Sarah and James Haire of 54 Park Avenue Belfast. I am Margaret’s daughter Janet and am searching for information about her biological father. I have tried to research this but have so far come up with nothing. Margaret is currently not in good health and we are both the last of the Haire family. It would be lovely to have some information of her former biological family if anyone can help.