Advanced Three-day Intensive Family History Course

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Los Angeles Family
History Library
Richard McBride, Director
1631 East Temple Way,
Los Angeles, California 90024
Mon, Fri, Sat: 9:00am – 5:00pm
Tue, Wed, Thu: 9:00am – 9:00pm
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Advanced Three-Day Intensive Family History/Genealogy Training Course    -     


Enrollment is limited to the first 24 to register.

Course Dates:   October 18, 19, 20         Tue,  Wed,  Thu

Course Description

The Advanced Three-Day Intensive course is offered at the Los Angeles Family History Library.  It provides advanced training for Family History/Genealogy Research. This training is designed for those who already know the basics of family history/genealogical research and wish to get more advanced training.

This course is useful for Family History Consultants, volunteers who work at family history centers, members of the church and the general public who wish to improve their family history/genealogical research skills.


Foundation Course or equivalent, in particular:

1. Know how to use the basic data entering features of the record management computer program: Personal Ancestral File (PAF) or another equivalent program.

2. Be acquainted with the New Family History Library Catalog on

3. Be acquainted with

If a person does not have the prerequisites, he/she is encouraged to take the "Foundation Course" or the "Three-Day Intensive Course."

If you have any questions about the prerequisites, please contact Richard D. McBride, Director, LAFHL, 310-474-9990.

Course Schedule

The classes will be from 8 AM to 5 PM each of the three days. Each class will usually last two hours. Each will involve classroom instruction followed by an assignment to be completed on the computers.

Oct 18

  8 AM - U.S. Census Records
10 AM - Death Records: Cemetery, Obituary, Death Cert., etc.
  1 PM - Wills and Probates
  3 PM - Google is more than a Search Engine

Oct 19

  8 AM - Passenger lists / Naturalization Records
10 AM - Land, Property and Deeds
  1 PM - Advanced PAF 1 - includes notes, sources and attaching images
  3 PM - Advanced PAF 2 - sharing, GEDCOM files and merging

Oct 20

  8 AM - Church Records: Non LDS
10 AM - The Family History Library and Beyond the Family History Library - There's a Goldmine Waiting for you:Courthouses, Libraries, and Archives ...
  1 PM - Brick Wall? Ways Over, Around, or Through: The principles taught in this class will apply to U.S. and foreign research.
  3 PM - Military Records

Course Registration

You must register for this course, since we only have space for 24 students.  Click here to register now, online.  If you have any questions please call us at 310-474-9990.

You will receive an email within 2 weekdays confirming your registration. If you don't receive the email, email the LAFHL at


Your pre-registration will be finalized by paying a $20 fee after receiving the confirming email. This fee is used to cover handout costs. If a person cannot afford the $20 registration fee, it will be waived. The class order is subject to change. Make your check out to LAFHL and the subject "Advanced Three-Day Intensive Course" and send it to:
10741 Santa Monica Blvd.
West Los Angeles, CA 90025