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Free FH Research Classes



FS Family Tree Classes

Introduction to Family Tree

  • Advanced Preparations: Call to register for class: 310-474-9990
  • Description: Introduction to Family Tree- a family history program created to help people keep and organize their family information
    • Introduction to features in Family Tree
    • Learn how to navigate (get around) in and use its various features.
    • Adding information and locating ancestors.
  • Classes held Saturday 10:00am-12noon
  • 2018 Dates: Jan 6, Feb 10, Mar 10, April 14, May 12, June 9, July 14, Aug 11, Sept 8, Oct 13, Nov 10, Dec 8

Family Tree Sources/Memories

  • Advance Preparation
    • Participants should have some experience using Family Tree on familysearch.org
    • Bring a photo and document of an ancestor(s) to scan, upload and attach to a person in your Tree
    • Call to register for class: 310-474-9990
  • Description (Topics):
    • How to capture document and photo images to put in Family Tree (FT)
    • How to add Memories (portraits, stories, and documents) to Family Tree
    • Learn how to tag, describe, organize and share your memories
    • Adding documents found in FS indexed database as Sources to a person in FT
    • Adding Sources found in the home or on websites other than FamilySearch to your ancestors in FT
  • Classes held Saturdays 1:00pm-3:00pm
  • 2018 Dates: Jan 6, Feb 10, Mar 10, April 14, May 12, June 9, July 14, Aug 11, Sept 8, Oct 13, Nov 10, Dec 8


FamilySearch Indexing

  • Call LAFSLibrary (310-474-9990) to schedule meeting time.
  • Description: One hour class teaching volunteers how to correctly and efficiently index valuable genealogical records through the FamilySearch website (familysearch.org). Indexing records is vitally important as it makes them available for searching online. Volunteers need not be members of the LDS Church.



Specialty Research Classes

African American Research

  • Description: This workshop focuses on the resources and processes used to research one's African American ancestors back to 1870 and the Civil War. It also focuses on providing students with strategies to trace their African American ancestor into the Slavery Era in the United States (prior to the Civil War).
  • Instructor: Charles Meigs
  • Classes held 4th Saturday of the month 1-2:30pm
  • 2018 Dates:Jan 27, Feb 24, Apr 28, May 26, Jun 23, July 28, Aug 25, Sep 22, Oct 27, Nov 24, Dec 22

Cherokee Research

  • Description: As the title suggests, there were citizens of the Cherokee Tribe that were members of all three races. The tribes contact with African Americans dated back to 1540. This workshop focuses on researching Cherokee Genealogy using the Dawes Rolls "Final Rolls of the Five Civilized Tribes", 1898-1905) and the Guion Miller Rolls (1906-1908). The Dawes Rolls identifies parents of Cherokee descendants (also Creeks, Choctaws, Chickasaws and Seminoles)listed on the Rolls. Furthermore, for Cherokee descendants who were also African Americans, the Dawes Rolls identify the owners of Cherokee Freedmen who were slaves in 1860.
  • Instructor: Charles Meigs
  • Classes held 4th Saturday of the month 2:30 - 4pm
  • 2018 Dates:Jan 27, Feb 24, Apr 28, May 26, Jun 23, July 28, Aug 25, Sep 22, Oct 27, Nov 24, Dec 22

Finding Your Roots in Mexico

  • Description: Learn how to access records of your Mexican ancestors online and how to use the information found. Discuss potential problems in Mexican research and how to navigate through them. Bring your family group sheets and pedigree charts to get the most benefit from the class.
  • Instructor: John P. Schmal
  • 2018 Dates: Saturday Jan 20th, April 21 1:00pm - 3:00pm; other dates: TBD

German History & Research Techniques

  • Description: Veteran researcher will discuss German history and its influence of immigration to America and key elements of German geography so essential to successfully locating your German origins and tracing them back many generations. The second half of the presentation will cover certain research techniques and tools for locating your German ancestor's place of origin. John will also show attendees how to use some of the available online German databases.
  • Instructor: John P. Schmal
  • 2018 Dates: Saturdays 1:00pm - 2:30pm: Feb 17



LDS Classes

Finding Ancestral and Cousin Names for Temple Work

  • Description: Class covers how to use information on your Family Tree either to find names or to determine where to research to find names of ancestors or cousins who need Temple ordinances. Provides hands-on experience using a great new tool, Puzzilla.org, which significantly reduces the time to find the desired names.
  • Classes held Saturdays 10am - 12pm; Call to schedule class 310-474-9990
  • Tentative 2018 Dates: Jan 20, Feb 17, Mar 17, April 21, May 19, June 16, Jul 21, Aug 18, Sep 15, Oct 20, Nov 17, Dec 15


Gathering Vital Records for Temple Work

  • Description: Learn how to document the vital information of ancestors and cousins by locating birth, death, and marriages records on key websites. Finding these records verifies the events of their lives and helps us feel a kinship to them. Taking the names of these people to the Temple will enrich your experience.
  • Classes held Saturdays 2-4pm; Call to schedule class 310-474-9990
  • Tentative 2018 Dates: Jan 20, Feb 17, Mar 17, April 21, May 19, June 16, Jul 21, Aug 18, Sep 15, Oct 20, Nov 17, Dec 15


Free Websites for LDS Members

  • Description: Exploration of the following partnership websites: Ancestry.com & Findmypast.com
  • Classes held Saturdays 3-4:30pm
  • Call to schedule class



Priesthood Leader Training Class   Scheduled when Requested - Call 310-474-9990



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