Classes - Family History in the 21st Century

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Class Schedule, Brief Summaries, Links to Handouts

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• Free Subscription Websites at the FHC

The LDS church makes a number of genealogy websites that require a subscription to view their records available at no cost for patrons of family history centers through the Family History Portal. This class is an overview of the available sites and their content. A few other digital resources at the FHC will be discussed as well. (handout)

• Fleshing Out Your LDS Pioneer History

• Records of the Poor

Presented in this class will be the causes and solutions to poverty issues, reasons for using records of the poor, and how to locate those records. Many examples of this record type will be shown. (handout)

• Family History on a Mac Computer

• Tips for

Come get helpful tips using one of the most popular genealogy subscription websites. is FREE at your local Family History Center.

• British Research for Beginners

• Google Searches for Genealogy Webinar

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• Comparing Ancestral Quest, Family Insight, Legacy Family Tree, and Roots Magic

These 4 software programs interface with the newFamilySearch website, allowing for transfer of data at the touch of a button. This class will discuss if there is an advantage to switching from Personal Ancestral File, and if so, to which programs. A overview of their capabilities and a discussion of special features that might sway a potential user towards one or another will be explored. (handout)

• Genealogy--From Chaos to Computers

• Using Military Records in Colonial America

Given in this class will be the why, the how and the where of locating military records for this turbulent time in our history. Many examples of these records will be shown. There will be mention made of groups who composed "the other side of the story" and were known as the Loyalists, the Hessians, pacifist groups or British soldiers who stayed in Canada or the United States. (handouts)

• German Research Tips

• Becoming Familiar with

Become familiar with the most powerful genealogy website. There is something on the website for the beginner as well as for the advanced genealogist. (handout)

• British Isles Research—Beyond Parish Records

• Google Docs Webinar

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• Maps—the Best Kept Secret

• Mastering Roots Magic

This class will cover a basic introduction to Roots Magic, including:creating and opening a family database, adding and editing people to the file, how to find people and information in your family database. We will cover all the features in the Roots Magic database, including how it works with Family Search to make transferring information easier.

• Rebs or Yanks—Locating Civil War Records

• Beginning Hispanic Research—in Spanish

This course will cover the basic steps in researching ancestors with hispanic origins (mainly of Mexican descent). Beginning with understanding hispanic names, how to search for towns and locations, what records to use and more importantly where to find those records. (handout)

• Using Social Networking

Overview of how to connect with family members as well as others who share your interest in genealogy and family history. (handout)


• Backing Up Your Genealogy Webinar

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• Mastering Family Insight

• Writing Personal and Family Histories

• How Do I Begin Working on My Family History-Part 1

• How To’s and Blessings of Family Reunions

In this session we will discuss how to plan and carry out a family reunion which all ages can enjoy, and which will provide opportunities for renewing friendships and strengthening family values. We'll focus on the nuts and bolts of reunion logistics, as well as present ideas to build enthusiasm leading up to the reunion by sharing stories and photos of family members and ancestors, and how to help family members keep in touch following the reunion.

• Publishing Your Family History

Projects Come find ways to share your family history information with family and friends. Great Christmas present ideas.


Will discuss problems and how to resolve them. (handout)

• Blogging for Beginners Webinar

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• Mastering Legacy Family Tree

A look at Legacy Family Tree’s tools to aid you in analyzing your family data and planning your research. Includes some customizations for viewing the data, using the chronology view, research guidance, to do lists, master lists, and searching online databases. Also covers syncing and updating FamilySearch Trees with your Legacy family file, and managing LDS Ordinances with Legacy Family Tree.

• Digitizing and sharing pictures, videos, audios and albums using free software

Bringing Family History to the Digital Age: Get those photos out of the shoebox – Step by step instructions to digitize pictures, movies, journals, albums, scrapbooks, and audio recordings, to share with family on the internet, and do it all with free software. So Great Grandma only has one family album: who gets it? We all do!!

• How Do I Begin Working on My Family History-Part 2

• Using Newspapers--webinar

• Becoming Familiar with (repeat)

• Indexing—Giving Back in Only 30 Minutes a Week

What is Family Search Indexing? What is indexing accomplishing? How can I help? These will be answered in this class. (handout)

• Google Earth for Genealogy Webinar

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• Mastering Ancestral Quest

Ancestral Quest (AQ) provides you with a complete genealogy data storage system to record your family information, as well as detailed sources and documentation. You also have instant access to searching online databases. You can keep your data and research up-to-date with other family members using the industry-leading Collaboration tool. And, as would be expected, you can share data with other genealogy programs that support the GEDCOM format, making it easy to exchange information with relatives, other researchers and large data repositories. (handout)

• Oral Histories—Memory Joggers

What to ask your older family members in an oral interview to get their life history (Also works for Autobiographies) Includes tips and methods for making and editing audio recordings.

• Courthouse Research Webinar

• Using Social Networking (repeat)

• How to Create and Share Digital Family Movies

• Dropbox Webinar

• Records of the Poor (repeat)

Presented in this class will be the causes and solutions to poverty issues, reasons for using records of the poor, and how to locate those records. Many examples of this record type will be shown.  (handout)