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[LAB] DNA Visual Phasing Workshop - Stephanie Saylor

DNA visual phasing is a technique that uses DNA tests from three siblings to map out the DNA they received from their four grandparents. If you have been DNA- testing your family members, or would like to put those tests to good use, and are interested in solving a puzzle—like so many of us are, visual phasing may be right up your alley. Bring your own DNA tests, or we can use a generic example to walk you through the setup and have some visual phasing fun!

[LAB] Foreign Language Indexing - Bob Preece

Although based in Spanish, the principles taught here are applicable to most indexing in languages other than English. Topics include: Finding an appropriate batch, discovering word meanings, entering special characters and more. Familiarity with indexing is expected. Participants should be able to log in to FamilySearch.org without need of assistance.

[LAB] FOREVER Print - Andi Ayers

Your photos are more likely to be enjoyed in a printed book. FOREVER Print allows you to prepare a book in minutes that can be printed and viewed and shared as a digital book. Class includes a brief introduction to FOREVER Artisan, a full-function, graphic art publishing tool. Basic computer skills are needed to be able to create folders, use Save and Save As, and locate files/photos, etc.

[LAB] FOREVER Storage - Andi Ayers

Every priceless photo deserves a permanent, secure home. Learn to upload, organize, and share your photos with FOREVER Storage. Use metadata and photo-editing tools such as cropping, filters, and brushes to clean up and organize your images. Basic computer skills are needed to be able to create folders, use Save and Save As, and locate files/photos, etc.

[LAB] Web Indexing - A Beginning - Bob Preece

Although this course is in English and designed for beginners, questions from all levels will be entertained. Learn how to find an appropriate batch, evaluate what you are being asked to do, and understand the Operations menu.

A Survey of Midwest States Records - Virginia (Ginny) Ackerson

We will go over the general records of twelve Midwest states learn and how to access them. We will also go over collections unique to each state. Syllabus

Ancestral Quest: Researching Made Easy and Eliminating Dups on FamilySearch - Gaylon Findlay

Learn to fully utilize TreeTips, Ancestral Quest’s (AQ's) research engine, to find your ancestors' records on MyHeritage, FamilySearch, FindMyPast and Ancestry.com. Discover AQ's Research Log, sourcing, tags, Individual Summary, and unique detailed Change Log to record and organize your research. Researching your Family Tree couldn't be easier! We will also show AQ's tool to locate all duplicate records in your ancestry on FamilySearch."

Art of Family Story Telling - Rhonda Lauritzen & Rachel Trotter

Family historians preserve stories to convey values and inspire future generations. We also know that ‘truth is better than fiction.’ This dynamic workshop, peppered with real-life examples, will help you write your story in an engaging way. Learn a storyboarding technique adapted from Hollywood for telling true stories, whether a single vignette or an entire book.

Audio Inspiration – Preserving Family Stories - Rhonda Lauritzen & Rachel Trotter

We’ll present the easiest, most budget-friendly tools for preserving family stories with audio. This focuses on one of the most timeless and intimate formats: voice. We’ll touch on interviewing tips, the class will then delves into saving, sharing, transcribing, editing, and combining audio with photos, music, and other free video tools. There’ll be ample time for Q&A.

Back Door & Rear Window Research Techniques - Virginia (Ginny) Ackerson

We will discuss five strategies to help you break through your brick walls. Case studies will help illustrate the validity of these methods and enable you to understand the thinking processes involved. Syllabus

Brick Walls: Research Strategies - Roland Astorga

Can’t find any more records? Are you stuck? The better you are the more brick walls you have. Since less than 5% of genealogy records are online you need strategies to find the missing 95% of records. We’ll cover how to tackle the toughest brick walls utilizing the latest technology, websites, and processes.

Charting for Success - Holly T. Hansen

After attending this class you will know how to use charts as research analysis tools. A variety of chart designs and tools will be demonstrated.

Descendancy Compilation for Lineage Proof - Robert Burch

Teaches how to compile descendancy documentation to substantiate lineage for the purpose of membership in a lineage association such as the first and only association for the descendants of enslaved persons, the Sons & Daughters of the U.S. Middle Passage (SDUSMP).

Descendancy Research - Daren Stegelmeier

Descendancy research is the process of identifying all of the children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren of an ancestral couple. This class will teach how to use descendancy research to expand your ancestral family.

DNA: A Comprehensive View - Stephen DeBies

This course will cover how DNA works and how it is passed from parent to child. It will encompass all aspects of DNA from biological structure to DNA mutations. Other subjects covered will include the different types of DNA, percentage of shared DNA by IBD, reconstructing parents’ DNA, and multiple methods for measuring shared DNA. And, a course like this would not be complete without discussing DNA testing, including the pros and cons of each test and managing your test results.

DNA, A Link to the Past - Scott Woodward

This presentation will answer the questions, How is DNA linked to Genealogy? How can I use DNA to enhance my genealogy work? What can I do with the results from my DNA test? It will cover some of the history of how DNA work began to be associated with genealogy and what the potential is for the future.

DNA: The 360 Degree View - Roland Astorga

This class is designed for those who are considering or have already taken a DNA test for genealogical research purposes. We’ll review the basics of genetic testing, types of tests available, and reputable companies. And, we will cover the all-important question, “I’ve got my DNA results back. Now what?” We’ll make sense of the information provided by the testing companies, as well as what you can do to use the information provided for furthering your genealogical research.

Easier Research Using the Power of the Family History Guide - Paul & Sue Maxwell

The Family History Guide is your go-to site for all things research. Build a strong foundation with proven-best practices, then accelerate your research from QUIKLinks to records and websites. Also find a wealth of information for research in our country, state, and ethnic resources.

Evidence - Paulette Grunwald

This class will teach how to use documents as evidence to validate genealogical relationships. Considerations include primary, secondary, and tertiary documents, corroborating facts in the document, and facts that can be ignored.

Family History Research for Your Dutch Ancestors - Don Koldewyn

The primary focus of this class will be on the many excellent Netherlands’ online databases and covering the two main genealogical resources: civil registration and church records. Time will also be given to answering questions concerning Netherlands research. An informative handout will be provided.

The FamilySearch® Wiki: Your Go-To Guide for Research - Amber Larsen

An absolute must-have for genealogists, the Wiki is the top of its kind, with over 80,000 genealogical articles and guides providing knowledge and instruction to help you solve your research problems.

Finding Joy in Family History Through 10 Easy Tasks - Lynette Oberg

Learn new ways to explore and navigate your info using Tree on FamilySearch.org, including indexing records, utilizing hints, uploading and tagging photos, and navigating the Family Tree mobile app, and more. Syllabus

Freedman’s Bureau: Helping Former Slaves After the Civil War - Thom Reed

This course will give an in-depth understanding of the impact the Freedman’s Bureau had on the United States after the Civil War. It will show how this Bureau helped and sustained former black slaves, as well as poor whites in the South, in the aftermath of the war. Subjects will include what kinds of records are included in the Bureau and how it can benefit researchers who are looking for information about their ancestors. We’ll focus on how to use and extract information from the Bureau’s Database.

Genealogy Secrets - Holly T. Hansen

After attending this class you will leave with more insight into successful research strategies used by the experts.

Genealogy Tips and Tricks - Roland Astorga

You only have so much time…become more efficient! Learn the tips and tricks professionals use to make genealogy research more productive. We’ll cover topics such as Google Search, bookmarks, browsers, websites, screen capture, saving documents, and organization strategies.

Getting Started - Jennifer Stubbs

This course is designed for those just beginning their family history journey. We will discuss an organized approach to finding information, including finding records in your own home, interviewing family members, and organizing the information you find into a ‘detective kit.’ We will explore how to find the online records and physical records that will help you find your family, as well as how to use a research log to record and evaluate your findings and sources.

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Gold Rush Saints: Mormons in the California Gold Rush - Gary Nelson

Covering the little-known history of groups of Mormon Pioneers that arrived in California as early as 1846. Some came by sailing ship, others arrived with the Mormon Battalion. They became the catalyst for the world’s greatest gold rush and unprecedented global economic development that began in January 1848. Two Mormon Argonauts will be highlighted. A name index of “gold rush saints” will be made available.

Harnessing the Combined Power of FamilySearch® Partner Websites and Apps - Mat Trotter

There are many websites and apps that work hand-in-hand with FamilySearch to offer valuable tools that make the work of family history easier. Learn about these resources and discover more about your relatives and connect them to your tree. Syllabus

How to Tell the Story of Your Lifetime - Lori Gillespie

This session is for people who are ready to start writing their family histories and/or personal memoirs. We will discuss how to turn the memories in your head into an engaging narrative and a family treasure.

The Ins and Outs of Danish Church Records - Amber Larsen

Church records are one of the most essential resources when conducting Danish research, containing birth, marriage, and death information, and much more. This class will be a comprehensive run-through of records, content, organization, and use of Danish church books for beginner and intermediate research levels.

New England Research - Arlene Eakle

The “township” is one of the local jurisdictions in New England that provides significant genealogy evidence including tax rolls, births, marriages, and deaths, militia lists, and your ancestors’ direct involvement in local government affairs. Also discussed: Differences from one New England state to another.

New features of Family Tree Maker 2017 - Mark Olson

This class will cover Family Tree Maker 2017 (FTM 2017), the newest version of this family tree software. This software works with both Windows and MAC computers.  After a brief history of Software MacKiev involvement with Family Tree Maker, the class will introduce you to the new and innovative features of FTM 2017.  These include - FamilySync™, Photo Darkroom™, FamilySearch Integration, Color Coding, Saved Filtered Lists, and Sync Weather Report. There will also be training on Moving to FTM 2017 including using FTM 2017 for the first time, upgrading to FTM 2017 from prior version, and moving trees over to the new version. This class will review how to get and install the program and cover who should get the program. There will be a Questions & Answers session at the end of class.

How to Conduct an Oral History - Tarienne Mitchell

Explores the techniques necessary to become an organized documenter of oral histories whether for the family or an organization. It examines how to prepare for and conduct interviews, interviewing techniques, recording mediums and storage. It also explores varied organizations dedicated to recording oral histories.

Personal Historian 3: New Tools to Write Your Life Stories - Mike Booth

Personal Historian 3 is the latest version of the unique software used to organize, write, and publish personal histories for yourself and others. It takes this seemingly monumental task and breaks it into small, manageable pieces, and then reconstructs it into a complete, publishable document. The included library of timelines and memory triggers give color and context to your writing. You can even add documents, journals, photographs, social media, and genealogy to give it a personal touch.

Photo S.O.S. for Digital Images - Andi Ayers

Your digital photos need preserving. Learn to “write on the back” of digital photos to preserve their important stories, as well as “tag” photos for organizing. And, discover easy options for creating digital or print books to be treasured for generations to come.

Photo S.O.S. for Your Vintage Photos - Andi Ayers

The images you have collected or inherited from previous generations need proper care and attention to ensure they continue to survive for future generations to enjoy. Learn to scan, label, document, and share vintage images using metadata for tagging and describing.

Practical Ways to Record Family Stories - Lori Gillespie

Everyone has family stories they want to record—either their own or those of parents, grandparents, or other family members. But how do you start? In this class, you will learn practical and easy ways for recording everyday life and special occasions.

Principles & Techniques of Interviewing for Family History - Wendell Saunders

Stories are fragile things. They only exist as memories until they are recorded. Once a person is gone, their memories are gone—along with all the stories that are so treasured by their descendants. This class will cover the basic principles and techniques of interviewing, recording, and what to do next after the recording is made. We’ll cover the ‘nuts and bolts’ of the who, what, when, where, why, and how of recording family stories and histories. Syllabus

Roots Magic Offline Home for Online Research - Mike Booth

It has never been easier to find and learn about your ancestors through Internet records and websites. But collecting and organizing that information can be challenging. RootsMagic’s Genealogy and Family Tree software can be your ‘home base’ for accessing all these different resources. Join us and learn how to use the RootsMagic to spot holes and problems in your family tree. See how to easily search online sites such as Ancestry, FamilySearch, FindMyPast, MyHeritage, and more. You’ll also learn how to easily share your findings with others.

Storytellers Rule the World - Gene Sessions

There is debate over who first said that “storytellers rule the world,” but it is certainly true that there is great power in a story. We will discuss how to make family history more than just names, dates, and places by reconstructing the stories of our ancestors, whether we have their own words or not.

The Tales Dead Men Tell - Virginia (Ginny) Ackerson

There can be over 20 different types of records created at death that have varying amounts of information in them. We will discuss what they are, what they contain, and where to access them. Syllabus

Tips for Genealogical Research - Fritz Juengling

This class is geared towards the beginner and intermediate researcher. It is based on 30+ years of my own research experience including working as a Research Consultant at the Family History Library. I’ll teach tips that can save many hours and make research efforts more effective and efficient. Syllabus

Tools for Helping Youth to be Involved with Family History - Mat Trotter

This class will offer tips and ideas to get youth interested and engaged in family history. We will focus on ways to help them contribute and make family History a blessing in their lives and those around them.

Top 10 Excuses for NOT Being a Published Author: A Brief Guide to Successfully Publishing Your Work - Gary Nelson

The presenters will discuss the importance of publishing personal, family, and social histories—and the use of related historical/genealogical research publications, indexes, and databases—to reach a broader audience beyond one’s own immediate family members. A case study on the development and recent publication of a social history will be discussed. Participants are encouraged to bring their ideas and proposals to the class. Editors from several publishers will be available to answer questions and provide expert advice to participants.

Tour of Special Collections of the WSU Stewart Library

Come discover a huge collection of World War I and World War II information, as well as newspapers, yearbooks, and oral histories. The collections also include amazing photographs, diaries, and much, much more!

Underground Topics in Scandinavian Research - Amber Larsen

There are many uncommon Scandinavian research and history topics that can bring a lot of interesting background to family history. Go beyond vital and census research into the realm of little-known record types and subjects to enhance your knowledge of Nordic research and context.

Using Court Records in American Genealogy Research - Arlene Eakle

Over 95% of the adult population has appeared in one or more courts during their lifetime. This class will cover how to find and then examine specific early court records and indexes, and how to use the evidence they contain. We’ll also highlight legal terms and age limits statutes.

Video Stories: Free, Easy and Awesome New Video Tools You’ll Love - Rhonda Lauritzen & Rachel Trotter

This class is for video novices and features the easiest, free tools for combining photos, audio and video clips, and music. Create engaging stories that are sharable on social media—one of the best ways to reach younger family members. No fancy equipment or software required.

Welcome to the World of Genetic Genealogy - Stephanie Saylor

Technical mumbo jumbo is often a major roadblock when exploring new tools to assist with genealogical research, especially when it’s something as technical as DNA. This class is made especially for the people who are just beginning to explore and utilize DNA to help with their family history and other research. We’ll cover every topic from what it is to how it works and what it can teach you. Genetic genealogy is not a solo expedition, so additional resources will also be discussed for finding others who can help you continue on this journey.

Why American Land Records are Important for Tracing Hard-to-Find Ancestors - Arlene Eakle

Land records in America are part of a rather complete legal record system. This class examines the property system along with the legal background of the records produced. We’ll then discuss each record type in detail, including specifics on how to read the records, how to fit property evidence together to prove father-son relationships, and, at what age can a person buy, sell, and inherit land? Syllabus

Why You Probably Need More Than One Family Tree Program - Wendell Saunders

This class assumes everybody should be using FamilySearch® Family Tree, but also assumes you should be using an additional family tree program, perhaps even several. We will explore the benefits and drawbacks of having two or more family trees. We will also explore the several types of family tree programs and how to determine which solution is right for you.

The World’s Best Family History Fun Activities for Kids, Youth, Adults, and Families Using the Family History Guide - Scott & Angelle Anderson

Discover how much fun family history can be! The Family History Guide puts nearly 250 great activities at your fingertips, for families, individuals, youth, and kids. Resources are also included for parents and leaders, plus an easy-to-use index for finding the activities you need.

Y-DNA: What You Need to Know - Stephanie Saylor

Learn the basics on what Y-DNA is and how its research progresses so you can understand what it can do for you and your family history journey. Straightforward examples and explanations are provided to guide you around the jumble of jargon so you can grasp the basic concepts of this wonderful tool meant to detangle research and un-complicate our sometimes-seemingly-screwy family lines.