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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
  • 2017 Dates: Jan 14, Feb 11, Mar 11, April 8, May 13, June 10, July 8, Aug 12, Sept 9, Oct 14, Nov 11, Dec 9

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
  • 2017 Dates: Jan 14, Feb 11, Mar 11, April 8, May 13, June 10, July 8, Aug 12, Sept 9, Oct 14, Nov 11, Dec 9


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
  • 2017 Dates:Jan 28, Feb 25, Mar 25, Apr 22, May 27, Jun 24, July 22, Aug 26, Sep 23, Oct 28, Nov 25

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
  • 2017 Dates:Jan 28, Feb 25, Mar 25, Apr 22, May 27, Jun 24, July 22, Aug 26, Sep 23, Oct 28, Nov 25


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
  • 2017 Dates: Saturday May 20th 1:00pm - 3:00pm; other dates: TBD

Fundadores de Mexico

  • Decription: Class provides information on online and published resources for locating your Spanish ancestors who came to Mexico.
  • Instructor: John Schmal
  • 2017 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
  • 2017 Dates: Saturdays 1:00pm - 2:30pm: Feb 25, June 3, July 15, July 29; other dates TBD



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
  • 2017 Dates: Jan 21, Feb 18, Mar 18, April 15, May 20, June 17, Jul 15, Aug 19, Sep 16, Oct 21, Nov 18

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
  • 2017 Dates: Jan 21, Feb 18, Mar 18, April 15, May 20, June 17, Jul 15, Aug 19, Sep 16, Oct 21, Nov 18


Free Websites for LDS Members

  • Description: Exploration of the following partnership websites: Ancestry.com & Findmypast.com
  • Classes held Saturdays 3-4:30pm
  • 2016 Dates: Jan 16, Feb 20, Mar 19, April 9, May 21, June 18



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



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