Three-day Intensive Family History/Genealogy Training Course

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Los Angeles Family
History Library
Keith W. Hanks, Director
1631 East Temple Way,
Los Angeles, California 90024
Mon, Fri, Sat: 9:00am – 5:00pm
Tue, Wed, Thu: 9:00am – 9:00pm
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Course Description

The Three-Day Intensive course is offered at the Los Angeles Family History Library. It provides both the training to use the resources and the instructions to do Family History/Genealogy Research. It is complemented with a follow on advanced training course.

This course is useful for new Family History Consultants, volunteers who work at family history centers, members of the church and the general public who wish to improve their family history/genealogical research skills.   A Certificate of Completion is awarded upon completion of the Course.

Participants should have basic computer skills.  A free Preliminary Computer Classes given Monday the day before each course may be of help. See "Course Prerequisites" further below.  These Monday classes are open to all patrons.

Enrollment is limited to the first 24 to register.

Course Schedule

The classes will be from 8 AM to 5 PM each of the three days. Each class will usually last two hours: A classroom instruction followed by an assignment to be completed on the computers. Help is provided with assignments.

The order the classes are taught is subject to change.

Day 1 Time Title
8 am Beginning Research/Organizing Family History
10 am Overview of
1 pm Finding Birth, Death and Marriage Records
3 pm Introduction to Ancestral Quest
Day 2 Time Title
8 am Family Search Library Catalog on
10 am Searching by Surname – What is already known?
1 pm Advanced PAF / Ancestral Quest - includes notes, sources and attaching images
3 pm PAF / Ancestral Quest Sharing: GEDCOM files and merging
Day 3 Time Title
8 am Wills and Probates
10 am Death Records: Cemetery, Obituary, Death Cert, etc
1 pm Church Records: Non-LDS
3 pm US Census Records - Computer Searches

Course Dates

          Course          Course         Course     
Thu  May 17  Jun 19  Jul 10
Wed    Jun 20  Jul 11
Thurs    Jun 21  Jul 12


Course Prerequisites


However, the free Preliminary Computer Classes given Monday the day before each Intensive course may be of help.  These particular classes are open to all patrons: 

1 PM   Introduction to Computers and File Management
2 PM USB/flash drives and Windows operations
3 PM Introduction to the Internet

If you have any questions about the prerequisites, please contact Richard D. McBride, Director, LAFHL, 310-474-9990.

Course Registration

You must register for this course, since we only have space for 24 students.  Click HERE to register now, online.  If you have any questions please call us at 310-474-9990.

You will receive an email within 2 weekdays confirming your registration. If you don't receive the email, email the LAFHL at


Your pre-registration will be finalized by paying a $20 fee after receiving the confirming email. This fee is used to cover handout costs. If a person cannot afford the $20 registration fee, it will be waived. The class order is subject to change. Make your check out to LAFHL and the subject "Three-Day Intensive Course" and send it to:

   10741 Santa Monica Blvd.
   West Los Angeles, CA 90025