St. George Utah FamilySearch Library/Classes

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St George Utah FamilySearch Center
237 East 600 South
St. George, Utah 84770
Monday 9:00 am to 5:00* pm
*Discovery Center till 9:00 pm

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 9:00 am to 9:00 pm

Friday 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Saturday 11:00 am to 3:00 pm

The St George FamilySearch Center Offers a Variety of Classes Every Day

No reservations are required. All classes are free to the public.
Handouts will NOT be provided in class, please print the handout for the class from the links provided below.

Sometimes our schedules change so please check this site for updates regularly and before you come.


This class describes how to obtain a free LDS membership. Main topics include: Home Page navigation, creating and managing trees, importing GEDCOM files, linking people in FamilySearch to Ancestry, attaching hints, merging duplicates and research strategies.
Handout: Ancestry Course
Handout: Ancestry (Sullivan)
Handout: Four Ways to Make Ancestry Work for You (Sullivan)
Handout: Researching with Ancestry (Sullivan)
Handout: Introduction to Ancestry (Bradford)

Family Tree: Descendancy

Add new family members to your tree using the Descendancy View in FamilySearch. Learn where to start searching for spouses and children. Learn how to find, evaluate, and attach sources to find these new relatives.
Handout: Using Descendancy in FamilySearch

Family Tree: Duplicates (Matching and Merging)

It might be exciting to find your great-grandmother in FamilySearch Family Tree. But what about finding her four times—each record with a little different information?
Duplication can feel bewildering and frustrating. And yet finding an ancestor more than once in Family Tree is a fairly common occurrence. The reason for these duplicates (the term used when there are multiple records for the same individual) is because information in the tree comes from a variety of sources and because users can enter their own information directly into the tree. This class will teach you how to use FamilySearch features to resolve these duplications.
Handout: Matching and Merging Duplicates
Handout: Finding and Merging Duplicates in Family Tree (Montague)

FamilyTree: Record Hints and Sourcing

If you’ve poked around on your family tree on, you may have seen little blue boxes to the right of some of the names of people on your tree or in a Research Help box on the top right side of the individual screen. These blue boxes indicate there are record hints, which are shortcuts designed to help you find information about your family as painlessly as possible. FamilySearch is constantly scouring their digitized, indexed records to identify records that may match your family and these blue boxes signal to you that they might have succeeded. Linked to actual records that may include your family, these little hints can make a big difference on your family tree.
Handout: Record Hints and Sourcing (Pearson)
Handout: Record Hints and Sources (Sewell)
Handout: Sourcing and Record Hints (Schaefermeyer)
Handout: Hints and Sources (Bradford)

FamilyTree: Memories

Learn how to upload and tag pictures, stories, documents and audio files using the FamilySearch Memories feature.
Handout: FamilySearch Memories
Handout: Memories (Montague)
Handout: FamilySearch-Memories (Bradford)

FamilyTree: Navigation

The following topics are discussed:
Handout: Navigation (Blake)
Handout: FamilySearch - Navigation (Bradford)

Learn how the features of this family history program. Findmypast has the largest collection of UK and Irish Parish records. They have the largest British and Irish newspaper collection and most comprehensive British military service record collection. Findmypast is a FamilySearch partner.
Presentation: FindMyPast (Orman)
Presentation: FindMyPast (Schaefermeyer)

Find, Take, Teach for Ward and Stake Family History Consultants and Missionaries

Learn how to help others using the Consultant Planner. Learn ways to search their tree to find missing family members and how to make a lesson plan to lead others to find the missing family members.
Handout: Find, Take and Teach
Handout: Find, Take and Teach (Sewell)

Getting Started

Learn how to gather information from home, interview parents and relatives to get information about your ancestors and enter it into FamilySearch.
Handout: FamilySearch Getting Started (Bradford)

Web Indexing

Learn the ins and outs of how to be a successful web indexer.
Handout: Web Indexing
Handout: Web Indexing (Montague)


MyHeritage is an online genealogy platform with web, mobile, and software products and services. Users of the platform can create family trees, upload and browse through photos, and search billions of global historical records, among other features.
handout: My Heritage (Orman)

Research Strategies

The following topics are discussed:


British Research (1837-Present)

The first effective census for researchers occurred in 1841 with the most recently released being 1911. Finding ancestors in households, with siblings and parents creates a snapshot in time, and opens up other avenues of family history research to family members.
In recognizing the need for more accurate record keeping, the government began Civil Registration on July 1, 1837. The records of births, marriages and deaths in England and Wales are available to everyone and a valuable resource for that time period.
Handout: England & Wales–Census & Civil Registration Records (McKinstry)
Handout: British Isles Research (Orman)

England & Wales – Records of the Church and Their Poor (Pre-1837)

The Church of England and Wales, as the governing body for centuries, not only recorded parishioners’ life events but managed their affairs. They maintained the roads, paid the bell ringer and supplied spiritual guidance. One of their most enduring works was to serve the poor. Apprenticeship records, bastardy bonds and settlement/removal papers aid in identifying family lines accurately.
Handout: Records of the Church & Their Poor (Pre-1837) (McKinstry)

Crossing the Pond

This presentation will give you research strategies on what records are available, and where to find those records. Locate where your ancestors came from, how they traveled to America, where they settled and how to locate Naturalization records.
Handout: Crossing the Pond (Orman)
Handout: Immigration-Crossing the Pond (Hammons)
Handout: Immigration Quick Sheet (Hammons)

Danish Research

The following topics are discussed:
Patronymic naming -- Danish Counties and Parishes -- How to read Danish Parish Records -- How to find names using Danish URL sites.
Handout: Denmark Class (Petersen)
Handout: Danish Research Log (Petersen)

German, Swiss, Italian, Polish Research


Hispanic Research


Irish: America to Ireland


Irish Research

It is not true that all the records of Ireland were destroyed. Civil Registration (1845-present), Census records (1901 & 1911) and Church records (pre-1845) can aid in your Ireland research. Understanding jurisdictions, immigration patterns and land records will enable you to locate your family and be proud of your Irish heritage.
Handout: Finding Irish Ancestors–19th & 20th Centuries (McKinstry)

Norwegian Research


New England Research


Pacific Isle Research

(Au Quin)

Scotland Research

(Beginner/Intermediate) A safe and very reasonably priced pay-as-you-go web site, “ScotlandsPeople” is one of the largest online sources of original, digitized records. From census records to civil registration, old parochial & Catholic registers, wills, valuation rolls and military records, it is a treasure trove of affordable discoveries for anyone researching in Scotland either in the past or in the present.
Handout: Scotland’s People – The Ultimate Research Web Site (McKinstry)

Swedish Research



Basic Computer


Breaking Brick Walls

At some point, every family historian encounters a barrier in their genealogy research. These barriers are known as brick walls and they can often appear impossible to work around. This class will give you ideas and resources to help you up and over your brick wall.
Handout: Breaking Brick Walls (Hammons)

Census Records: Getting to Know about Your Family in the Federal Census

Discover how to find information in census records about you relatives. Learn how to locate, compare and find facts about names, marriages, home addresses, moves, children, occupations, siblings and parents, education level, grandchildren, birth dates, maiden names, property ownership and assets, new spouses, relatives next door, farms and more.
Handout: Census Research (Sullivan)

City Directories

(Ellsworth) (Sullivan)


Your DNA can help you find family, break through brick walls and trace your lineage through time. There are multiple companies who sell ancestry DNA kits and provide you with ancestral information. To learn more about the specifics of DNA, click this link to the FamilySearch Research WIKI - About DNA
Handout: DNA Part 1 (Harrison)

Family History Guide


Spanish version Handout: Family History Guide-Spanish (Ellsworth)

FamilySearch Apps


Many individuals equate genealogy with names, dates, and dusty old records. That can be part of it, but the worth of memories (pictures, stories, audio and video) is much greater. The free FamilySearch Memories app helps users capture family memories, photos and even conversations.
Handout: FamilySearch Memories App
Handout: Family History on Your Tablet

FamilySearch: Fixing Relationships

(explanation tba)
Handout: Fixing Relationships in FamilySearch

FamilySearch: Games and Activities

This class teaches simple family history games and activities available online. What a fun way to make a boring subject fun and exciting. Most of the games require a FamilySearch account and at least 30 ancestors in your family tree.
Handout: No Time to Prepare Games and Activities (Merrell)

FamilySearch WIKI


Find a Grave

The following topics are discussed: Brief History of Find A Grave -- How to do the searches -- How to contribute information -- How to create a memorial page
Handout: FindAGrave (Bradford)

Finding An Ancestor to Take to the Temple

Learn to use at least one of these search programs -- Find-A-Record, Puzilla, Hope Chest, Wooden Village, BYU Virtual Pedigree, and FamilySearch Descendancy -- to find ancestors who are prepared to go to the Temple.
Presentation: Find A Name (Orman)

Google and Internet Research

The Internet is a source rich with Family History content, and much of that content is not on FamilySearch or Ancestry. This class will help you harness that power by showing you how to use the Internet safely and effectively. You will be shown other search engines, but most features will be shown using Google Tools for Genealogy, which are powerful and free.
Handout: Google and Internet Research (Hammons)
Handout: Google & Internet Searches 2018 (Hammons)
Handout: Google Quick Sheet 2018 (Hammons)
Handout: Advanced Google Search Strategies (Schaefermeyer)
Handout: Google Earth (Hammons)

Land and Probate Records

Presentation: Land and Probate (Sullivan)

Memories and Stories Workshop

(D Bradford)

Military Records

Military records can often provide valuable information on the veteran, as well as on all members of the family. This class provides you with many websites to help you successfully search military records
Handout: Military Records (Stingel)
Handout: US Military Records (R Montague)

Online Libraries


Presentation: Using Online Libraries (Schaefermeyer)
Handout: Using Free Online Archives and Libraries for Family History

Online Newspapers

(Ellsworth) (Sullivan)

Passwords: Making Them Secure


Photo Editing



Discover a free versatile and powerful tool that helps you find the holes in your family tree so you can focus your research on finding those missing ancestors. The premium version helps you extend your search parameters, keeps a log of ancestors who need ordinance work, and researches sources and ancestors with possible duplicates.

Unindexed Records

(Campbell) (Ellsworth)

Vital Records Online


What's New In FamilySearch


Wooden Village

Wooden Village is the newest website tool that can help you find names of relatives in need of ordinances. It contains several apps that assist in finding sources, possible duplicates, data problems, and ancestors with missing spouses or children.
Handout: Wooden Village (Sullivan)

Modified 03/10/2018 by Theron and Shanna Schaefermeyer