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Free FH Research Classes


SATURDAY CLASS

Family Search Classes: Family Tree

Introduction to Family Tree in FamilySearch

  • Description (Topics): Introduction to Family Tree- a free family history program created to help people organize, update and keep their family information. Learn how to enter information and navigate including locating ancestors and documents.
  • Classes held 1st & 3rd Saturdays of each month: 9:00am-10:00am
  • 2018 Dates: Aug 18, Sept 1, Sep 15, Oct 6, Oct 20, Nov 3, Nov 17, Dec 1, Dec 15

Searching Records in Familysearch.org

  • Classes held 4th Saturday of each month: 9:00am-10:00am
  • 2018 Dates: Aug 25, Sept 22, Oct 27, Nov 24, Dec 22

Attaching FS Indexed Records in FT Using the Source Linker

  • Description (Topics): Learn how to attach Indexed Records from FamilySearch databases to an ancestor in Family Tree using the Source Linker. The record can be attached to more than one individual listed in the document. A colored pictorial guide of sequential steps is provided for future use.
  • Classes held 1st & 3rd Saturdays of each month: 10:00am-11:00am
  • 2018 Dates: Aug 18, Sept 1, Sep 15, Oct 6, Oct 20, Nov 3, Nov 17, Dec 1, Dec 15

Putting Documents (both non-indexed & indexed) as Sources in FT

  • Description (Topics): Learn how to attach images of any document (one-of-a-kind unpublished records, records not indexed by FS, family records, etc) to an ancestor in FT. Images are in the form of digital files (various formats: jpg, png, pdf, etc.). A colored pictorial guide of sequential steps is provided for future use.
  • Classes held 2nd Saturday of each month: 10:00am-11:00am
  • 2018 Dates: Sept 8, Oct 13, Nov 10, Dec 8

Putting Photos, Documents, and Stories in FT

  • Description (Topics): Learn how to tag, describe, organize and share memories of your ancestors
  • Classes held 2nd Saturday of each month: 11:00am-12:00noon
  • 2018 Dates: Sept 8, Oct 13, Nov 10, Dec 8

Descendancy Research in FamilySearch

  • Description (Topics): Use the Descendancy pedigree view in Family Tree to identify family members. Up to four generations of descendants can be shown. Icons reveal the need for additional personal and family information, documentation of events, temple ordinances, etc.
  • Classes held 5th Saturday in months that have 5 Saturdays: 9:00am-10:00am
  • 2018 Dates: Sep 29

Preparing Names for Temple Work

  • Description (Topics): Verify names with documentation and checking for duplicates
  • Classes held 5th Saturday in months that have 5 Saturdays: 11:00am-12:00noon
  • 2018 Dates: Sep 29


Family Search Classes: Exploring the FS Wiki

  • Description (Topics): Use this online family history encyclopedia to locate locality resources and a wide variety of family records and to learn how to do family history research.
  • Classes held 4th Saturday of each month: 10:00am-11:00am
  • 2018 Dates: Aug 25, Sept 22, Oct 27, Nov 24, Dec 22

Family Search Classes: Indexing in FS

  • Description (Topics): 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. Indexers do not need to be members of the LDS Church. People who can index non-English records are particularly needed.
  • Classes held 1st & 3rd Saturdays of each month: 11:00am-12:00noon
  • 2018 Dates: Aug 18, Sept 1, Sep 15, Oct 6, Oct 20, Nov 3, Nov 17, Dec 1, Dec 15

Other Website/Resource Classes

Capturing/Editing Photos and Documents

  • Description (Topics): Introduction to Microsoft's Snipping Tool (image capturing program) and Irfanview (free downloadable image editing program). Capturing a photo or document image creates a digital file (various formats: jpg, png, pdf, etc.) which can be attached to individuals in Family Tree.
  • Classes held 2nd Saturday of each month: 9:00am-10:00am
  • 2018 Dates: Aug 11, Sept 8, Oct 13, Nov 10, Dec 8

Searching Records in Ancestry.com

  • Classes held 4th Saturday of each month: 11:00am-12:00noon
  • 2018 Dates: Aug 25, Sept 22, Oct 27, Nov 24, Dec 22

Descendancy Research Using Puzzilla.org

  • Description (Topics): Puzzilla is a family history program that accesses your Tree in FamilySearch. It is typically used to identify descendants of ancestors (Descendancy research) in your tree including those who may be missing a spouse and/or children and those who could receive temple ordinances.
  • Classes held 5th Saturday in months that have 5 Saturdays: 10:00am-11:00am
  • 2018 Dates: Sep 29

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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