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Three Day Family History Courses: Basic & Advanced
  • BASIC Course meets January, February, April, May, July, August, September, November
  • ADVANCED Course meets March, June, October

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   3 Day  BASIC   Family History Course




DESCRIPTION: This 12 class basic course addresses topics such as essential research elements, understanding of vital record types, various search strategies, introduction and navigation in genealogical websites including familysearch.org and ancestry.com, and hands-on experiences associated with these topics. A recommended follow-up to this course is the 3 Day ADVANCED Family History Course offered three times a year.(March, June, October; see details below.) PREREQUISITES: Basic computer skills
REGISTRATION: SPACE IS LIMITED - ONLY 24 SEATS. To sign-up for this course call 310-474-9990. You will need to give your name, an email address and telephone number. Enrollment is not finalized until payment is received. FEES: There is a $20 fee for the course which covers the cost of printing an extensive notebook of Powerpoint slides and hands-on Guides. If you cannot afford the fee, it may be waived.
Make your check out to LAFHL with the subject "Three-Day FH Basic Course" and send it to: LAFHL,10741 Santa Monica Blvd., West Los Angeles, CA 90025.

BASIC Course Months

January February April May July August September November

ADVANCED Course Months

March June October

JANUARY 2018

Example from "Putting Photos, Documents and Stories in FT" class
Example from "Putting Photos, Documents & Stories in FT" class

3- Day BASIC FH Course - Tues., Wed., Thurs. 8AM - 5PM

Jan 16 8 AM   Organizing Family History; Introduction to FamilySearch
10 AM   U.S. Census Records
1 PM   Various Church Records
3 PM   Finding Birth, Marriage and Death Records
Jan 17 8 AM   Searching by Surname
10 AM   Google Searching
1 PM   The NEW Ancestry.com and Searching on Ancestry.com
3 PM   Ancestry.com Individualized Lab
Jan 18 8 AM   Putting Photos, Documents & Stories in FT
10 AM   Case Study A: Using FS source Linker
1 PM   Case Study B: Building Sources for Documents not on FS
3 PM   Introduction to Indexing and Arbitration


FEBRUARY 2018

3- Day BASIC FH Course - Tues., Wed., Thurs. 8AM - 5PM

Feb 13 8 AM   Organizing Family History; Introduction to FamilySearch
10 AM   U.S. Census Records
1 PM   Various Church Records
3 PM   Finding Birth, Marriage and Death Records
Feb 14 8 AM   Searching by Surname
10 AM   Google Searching
1 PM   The NEW Ancestry.com and Searching on Ancestry.com
3 PM   Ancestry.com Individualized Lab
Feb 15 8 AM   Putting Photos, Documents & Stories in FT
10 AM   Case Study A: Using FS source Linker
1 PM   Case Study B: Building Sources for Documents not on FS
3 PM   Introduction to Indexing and Arbitration



APRIL 2018

3- Day BASIC FH Course - Tues., Wed., Thurs. 8AM - 5PM

Apr 17 8 AM   Organizing Family History; Introduction to FamilySearch
10 AM   U.S. Census Records
1 PM   Finding Birth, Marriage and Death Records
3 PM   Google Searching
Apr 18 8 AM   Searching by Surname
10 AM   Various Church Records
1 PM   The NEW Ancestry.com and Searching on Ancestry.com
3 PM   Ancestry.com Individualized Lab
Apr 19 8 AM   Putting Photos, Documents & Stories in FT
10 AM   Case Study A: Using FS source Linker
1 PM   Case Study B: Building Sources for Documents not on FS
3 PM   Introduction to Indexing and Arbitration

MAY 2018

3- Day BASIC FH Course - Tues., Wed., Thurs. 8AM - 5PM

May 15 8 AM   Organizing Family History; Introduction to FamilySearch
10 AM   U.S. Census Records
1 PM   Finding Birth, Marriage and Death Records
3 PM   Google Searching
May 16 8 AM   Searching by Surname
10 AM   Various Church Records
1 PM   The NEW Ancestry.com and Searching on Ancestry.com
3 PM   Ancestry.com Individualized Lab
May 17 8 AM   Putting Photos, Documents & Stories in FT
10 AM   Case Study A: Using FS source Linker
1 PM   Case Study B: Building Sources for Documents not on FS
3 PM   Introduction to Indexing and Arbitration


JULY 2018

3- Day BASIC FH Course - Tues., Wed., Thurs. 8AM - 5PM

Jul 17 8 AM   Organizing Family History; Introduction to FamilySearch
10 AM   U.S. Census Records
1 PM   Finding Birth, Marriage and Death Records
3 PM   Google Searching
Jul 18 8 AM   Searching by Surname
10 AM   Various Church Records
1 PM   Ancestry.com Overview and Searching Strategies
3 PM   Ancestry.com Individualized Lab
Jul 19 8 AM   Putting Photos, Documents & Stories in FT
10 AM   Case Study A: Using FS source Linker
1 PM   Case Study B: Building Sources for Documents not on FS
3 PM   Introduction to Indexing and Reviewing


AUGUST 2018

3- Day BASIC FH Course - Tues., Wed., Thurs. 8AM - 5PM

Aug 14 8 AM   Organizing Family History; Introduction to FamilySearch
10 AM   U.S. Census Records
1 PM   Finding Birth, Marriage and Death Records
3 PM   Google Searching
Aug 15 8 AM   Searching by Surname
10 AM   Various Church Records
1 PM   Ancestry.com Overview and Searching Strategies
3 PM   Ancestry.com Individualized Lab
Aug 16 8 AM   Putting Photos, Documents & Stories in FT
10 AM   Case Study A: Using FS source Linker
1 PM   Case Study B: Building Sources for Documents not on FS
3 PM   Introduction to Indexing and Reviewing


SEPTEMBER 2018

3- Day BASIC FH Course - Tues., Wed., Thurs. 8AM - 5PM

Sep 11 8 AM   Organizing Family History; Introduction to FamilySearch
10 AM   U.S. Census
1 PM   Finding Birth, Marriage and Death Records
3 PM   Google Searching
Sep 12 8 AM   Searching by Surname
10 AM   Various Church Records
1 PM   Ancestry.com Overview and Searching Strategies
3 PM   Ancestry.com Individualized Lab
Sep 13 8 AM   Putting Photos, Documents & Stories in FT
10 AM   Case Study A: Using FS Source Linker
1 PM   Case Study B: Building Sources for Documents not on FS
3 PM   Introduction to Indexing and Reviewing


NOVEMBER 2018

3- Day BASIC FH Course - Tues., Wed., Thurs. 8AM - 5PM

Nov 6 8 AM   Organizing Family History; Introduction to FamilySearch
10 AM   U.S. Census Records
1 PM   Finding Birth, Marriage and Death Records
3 PM   Google Searching
Nov 7 8 AM   Searching by Surname
10 AM   Various Church Records
1 PM   Ancestry.com Overview and Searching Strategies
3 PM   Ancestry.com Individualized Lab
Nov 8 8 AM   Putting Photos, Documents & Stories in FT
10 AM   Case Study A: Using FS source Linker
1 PM   Case Study B: Building Sources for Documents not on FS
3 PM   Introduction to Indexing and Reviewing






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3 Day ADVANCED Family History Course


March June October


DESCRIPTION: The Three-Day ADVANCED FH course (12 classes) is designed to provide the general public, ward Temple and Family History Consultants, Family History Center volunteers, and members of the church, who already know the basics, with more advanced family/genealogical training. This course deals with more complicated, harder to locate record types like newspapers & obituaries, probate, land & property, and passenger & naturalization records. We also explore important research aids, working in FS Family Tree, learning strategies for solving brick walls, and doing hands-on activities associated with these topics. PREREQUISITES: Understand the basics of family history/genealogy research (be familiar with topics taught in the 3-Day BASIC course above.

Know how to work in a genealogical software program.
Be acquainted with www.familysearch.org-especially the FS catalog https://familysearch.org/catalog/search and Family Tree.
Be acquainted with www.ancestry.com.
REGISTRATION: SPACE IS LIMITED - ONLY 24 SEATS. To sign-up for this course call 310-474-9990. You will need to give your name, an email address and telephone number. Enrollment is not finalized until payment is received. FEES: There is a $20 fee for the course which covers the cost of printing an extensive notebook of Powerpoint slides and hands-on Guides. If you cannot afford the fee, it may be waived.
Make your check out to LAFHL with the subject "Three-Day FH Advanced Course" and send it to: LAFHL,10741 Santa Monica Blvd., West Los Angeles, CA 90025.


MARCH 2018

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3 - Day ADVANCED FH Course : "Breaking Down Brick Walls" - Tues., Wed., Thurs. 8AM - 5PM

Mar 13 8 AM   Brick Walls: Identifying and Understanding Resources
10 AM   Brick Walls: Research Scope and Approach
1 PM   Death Records: Cemetery, Certificates, etc.
3 PM   Wills and Probates
Mar 14 8 AM   Land, Property & Deeds
10 AM   Passenger Lists and Naturalization Records
1 PM   FS WIKI - Online Family History Encyclopedia
3 PM   Locality Survey - Finding Records in FS, Ancestry and Beyond
Mar 15 8 AM   Newspapers and Obituaries
10 AM   DNA
12:45 PM   Duplicates & Merging and Fixing Relationships in FT
3 PM   Other Awesome Websites: My Heritage and Findmypast

JUNE 2018

3 - Day ADVANCED FH Course : "Breaking Down Brick Walls" - Tues., Wed., Thurs. 8AM - 5PM

Jun 12 8 AM   Brick Walls: Identifying and Understanding Resources
10 AM   Brick Walls: Research Scope and Approach
1 PM   Death Records: Cemetery, Certificates, etc.
2 PM   FT processes 1- Merging/Unmerging 2- Fixing Relationships
Jun 13 8 AM   Land, Property & Deeds
10 AM   Passenger Lists and Naturalization Records
1 PM   FS WIKI - Online Family History Encyclopedia
3 PM   Locality Survey - Finding Records in FS, Ancestry and Beyond
Jun 14 8 AM   Newspapers and Obituaries
10 AM   DNA
1 PM   Wills and Probates
3 PM   Other Awesome Websites: My Heritage and Findmypast

OCTOBER 2018

3 - Day ADVANCED FH Course : "Breaking Down Brick Walls" - Tues., Wed., Thurs. 8AM - 5PM

Oct 16 8 AM   Brick Walls: Identifying and Understanding Resources
10 AM   Brick Walls: Research Scope and Approach
1 PM   Death Records: Cemetery, Certificates, etc.
2 PM   FT processes 1- Merging/Unmerging 2- Fixing Relationships
Oct 17 8 AM   Land, Property & Deeds
10 AM   Passenger Lists and Naturalization Records
1 PM   FS WIKI - Online Family History Encyclopedia
3 PM   Locality Survey - Finding Records in FS, Ancestry and Beyond
Oct 18 8 AM   Newspapers and Obituaries
10 AM   DNA
1 PM   Wills and Probates
3 PM   Other Awesome Websites: My Heritage and Findmypast