Logan Utah Family History Center/Class Descriptions

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Descriptions of Classes Offered at Logan Utah Family History Center

For a list of current class descriptions and handouts that may not appear below, click on the underlined blue class Title on the Classes & Handouts page. You can download the handout to your computer or flashstick; or you can print the handout and take it to class with you.

  • Family Search--Basics (John Burton, Instructor):  This class is primarily an introductory overview and orientation for those who are new to Family Search.  The class will cover "Why Family Search," what it is and isn't, as well as the purposes, parts, navigation and uses of Family Search.  This is a one-week class..
  • Family Search--Search and Source Basics (John Burton, Instructor):  This class is primarily focused on helping those new to Family Search understand and learn how to do a basic records search in Family Search.  It will also include search principles, analyzing search results as well as how to document your ancestors' information by saving and attaching sources found during a records search.  It will not include searching genealogies, catalog, books, wiki or other genealogy websites like Ancestry.com  It also will not include using Tree Connect to put other sources in the Source Box.  These are being taught in other classesThis is a one-week class.
  • Introduction to Danish Records (Irene Burton, Instructor): .This class is an introduction to records which are available and how to use them.  It is for those who are starting out and do not have the time or are unable to take the multi-week classes offered.  This is a one-week class. 
  • Introduction to Swedish Records (Irene Burton, Instructor):  This class is an introduction to records which are available and how to use them.  It is for those who are starting out and do not have the time or are unable to take the multi-week classes offered.  This is a oneweek class. 
  • Ancestral Quest--The Logical "Up" to PAF (Robert Gerber, Instructor):  If you enjoyed your PAF software, you will love Ancestral Quest.  It looks and acts very much like your PAF program, but has many improvements and is fully certified to work with FamilyTree.  There is no need to learn a new software program to connect your PAF data to Family Tree.  This is a three-week class.
  • Ancestry.com (Dedee Dalebout, Instructor): Learn what is available at Ancestry.com and how to search the site more effectively. This is possibly the best research database available.  Make it work for you!  Handout
  • Ayudando los hispanos en su CHF o barrio - Helping Hispanic Researchers in Your FHC or Ward (Jonathan Walker, Instructor):  Como uno puede ayudar a los hispanos bajo de su responsabilidad hacer su investigacion genealogica.  Covers how to help the Hispanic researchers who are under your care in your Ward or FHC to do their Family History research.  This is a one-week class.
  • FamilyTree y su programa de genealogia - FamilyTree and Your Genealogical Software (Jonathan Walker, Instructor):  Se trata como de organizar su informacion genealogica y como preparar los nombres para el templo.  Covers how to organize your genealogical information and how to prepare names for the temple.  This is a one-week class.
  • La investigacion genealogica hispana - Hispanic Genealogical Research Tracing Your Hispanic or Mexican Ancestry (Jonathan Walker, Instructor):  Aprender los medios, que se ayudara a los de descendencia hispana, buscar su ancestors en America Latina.  Learn research strategies that will help those of Hispanic heritage trace their ancestors in Latin America.  This is a one-week class.
  • British Research--19th and 20th Century Records (Maureen Nield, Instructor):  To aid in your research, learn where to find these records and the not-so-well-known records.  This is a one-week class. 
  • British Research--17th and 18th Century Records (Maureen Nield, Instructor):  Learn some detective works in finding your ancestors.  This is a one-week class.
  • British Research--Understanding Your Family Names From England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland (Maureen Nield, Instructor):  Why you need to know the origins of your family to assist in your research to find them.
  • Recording Source Citations (Robert Curry, Instructor):  This class will explain the importance of citing sources of family history information and what to include in the citation.  Examples of source citations in FamilySearch FamilyTree and one or more of the popular personal programs will be given.  This is a one-week class.
  • Introduction to Family History Research (Robert Curry, Instructor):  An introduction to family history research, where to start, where to look and where to go for help.  This is a one-week class.
  • Using Digital Imaging in Family History Work (Robert Curry, Instructor):  Using digital imaging to take images of source documents and other artifacts.  Why use digital imaging?-- considerations in taking a picture and general review of digital imaging devices.  This is a one week class.
  • FamilySearch FamilyTree (Robert Curry, Instructor):  An introduction to FamilySearch FamilyTree, its purposes and features.  This is a four-week class.
  • What Now?  Keys for Unlocking Your Ancestors' Stories (Yvonne Curry, Instructor):  This class is designed to help with those "brick wall" problems.  This is a one-week class.
  • Descendancy Research:  If you are looking for relatives' names to take to the temple, then this class is for you. Many of us have our ancestral lines back as far as we are able to find them. We are frustrated because Aunt Mary already did the work for us. Learn how to follow the church’s admonition to find descendants of our ancestors and do their work. Many cousins await their work and someone to find them. Get the skills. This class is not a quick fix, it involves lots of work.  Handout
  • Descendancy Research -- Take a Cousin to the Temple:  In this class you will learn how to “glean” a cousin’s name from new.familysearch.org, print the Family Ordinance Request (FOR) to take to the temple, and do the ordinances for your cousin. Most beginners starting with this approach have been able to find several Cousins’ names in just two or three hours. This is a very exciting way to get started in genealogy.  There will also be a short introduction on how to use Census and other records to extend your Descendancy (Cousin) “end of line” on the new.familysearch family tree. These will almost certainly be new name submissions for whom you can do the temple ordinances.  Class handout.
  • Discovering Your Female Ancestors: Research methods and resources that can help us identify and get to know our female ancestors.  Handout
  • Discovering Your Immigrant Ancestor Origins: Research methods and resources that can help us trace our ancestors back to their European origins.  Handout
  • Facebook for Family History Research: Focusing on registering and maneuvering privacy settings. Connecting and Re Connecting with Family and Friends in your life, past and present! How to share documents, pictures and memories of all kinds. How you can find family information.
  • Family History Research - Getting Started: Introduction to family history research. Learn how to start, where to look, where to go for help.
  • Family History Consultant Training: Overview of all the skills that are necessary to be a ward family history consultant. Introducing organization, searching compiled records, verifying and updating with today's technology, temple submission and sharing with others. A portion of this class will be used as a workshop for you to bring your questions and then to come up with solutions.  Handout
  • Family Insight-Synchronization: Use PAF5 with Family Insight to (1) update your records (including LDS Ordinances) from New FamilySearch and, at the same time, (2) transmit new names, dates, places, and notes from your PAF5 file to New FamilySearch. This two-directional movement of data is called Synchronization.   Handout
  • FamilySearch Wiki Goldmine: Learn how to use the FamilySearch Wiki effectively to determine what records are available and where to find them to jumpstart, extend or verify your family history research.  Class Handout 
  • For "Fee" Web Sites that are "Free" at our Center: Learn Where to access FamilySearch Portal Websites, What each web site contains, and How each web site can help you in your research.
  • Genealogy Boy Scout Merit Badge: Exploring your roots--where your family name came from, why your family lives where it does, what your parents and grandparents did for fun when they were your age--can be fascinating. Discovering your ancestors back through history is what genealogy is all about. You will learn basic terminology, some of the available tools, the role of computers, and how to record your information. For a worksheet go to: http://usscouts.org/mb/worksheets/Genealogy.pdf
  • Google: Learn how to use the Google.com search engine more effectively to find research records available online. Google is a most effective family history research tool. Find what you're missing from this great web site.  Handout - PowerPoint Presentation
  • Helping Hispanic Researchers: From this class Family History & Priesthood leaders will be able to assist Hispanic research efforts.  Handout
  • Hispanic Research: This class will focus on Hispanic research strategies and will individualized to the attendees. It can be taught in English or Spanish.  Handout
  • How to Write Your Personal History: How to organize, document, and write about the person you know better than anyone else in the world–YOU!   Handout 1, Handout 2, Handout 3, Handout 4
  • Immigration Research:
  • Learning Ancestral Quest: Learn how to use Ancestral Quest. Ancestral Quest is a family history database that allows you to utilize your PAF database but have more advanced features such as interfacing with new FamilySearch. Learn what it can do and how you can benefit from it. Prerequisite a knowledge of PAF.
  • Legacy - Getting Started: Learn the basics of the Legacy program to enter, source, print and share your family information. Learn how to sync with New FamilySearch. Learn how to use the publishing center, picture center, search & tag, use events & chronologies, sources, the research guide & to do list.  Class Handout
  • Let's Learn About Blogging: Learn the basics of Blogging. What is a blog? How do I set one up? What are some benefits and cautions about blogging?
  • Microfilm Scanning:*MobileTree on your iPod Touch or iPhone: Download an app called MobileTree (a great gift idea) to an iPod Touch, iPhone, or iPad. Access and download the Family Tree from new FamilySearch. Teenagers and adults alike love having their family tree on their own handheld device. Add photos, documents, and stories.  Handout
  • My Precious Family History - Succession: You inherited precious Family History books and mementoes, and you have worked hard collecting and making additional precious family history. Where can it be preserved for future generations? (Who wants it?) The logical or creative approach!  Handout
  • New FamilySearch: Learning to operate within the framework of new FamilySearch. Learn how to prepare your ancestors for the temple. The rules have changed, you probably do have people qualified to go to the temple. Learn how to clean up the family and submit them. You must have a users name and
    password for new FamilySearch before coming to this class.   Handout
  • Organizing Your Family History Work on the Computer and with Paper: Whether it’s paper copies or computer files it’s very easy to lose track of what you have. This class will discuss methods for filing your papers, computer files and miscellaneous items so that you can easily find what you are looking for.
  • Preparing an Acceptable Record & Submitting It:  Handout 1, Handout 2
  1. A look into the Scriptures for our responsibility, and the importance of having our own personal file. PAF is acceptable.   
  2. Understanding the New FamilySearch (NFS) database – Family Tree.
  3. Adding ordinance data to your PAF from NFS using Family Insight (FI).
  4. Combining and separating records in NFS using FI.
  5. Adding names to NFS using FI.
  6. Reserving names in NFS to be submitted to the Temple using FI.
  7. Printing a Family Ordinance Request (FOR).
  • Reading German Gothic Script: If you have Germany ancestry this class will help you understand how to read Gothic script. This will greatly increase your ability to do research written in German. 
  • Recording an Oral History: We will look at how to create a video of yourself, friend or loved one to share with family members and future generations. We will look at preparing for the video, listing questions and topics to be explored, some important "do's and don'ts" as well as different types of recordings. We will also look at the recording studio at the Logan Family History Center that is available for your use.
  • Recording Source Citations: The importance of citing sources of family history information, what information to include in the citation.  Handout
  • RootsMagic: Step up to a better way to keep your family history data. Sync with new FamilySearch. This is a great program and you will be happy you switched. PAF is so out of date with today's technology that you need to change. Why not choose the best! This is simply the easiest and most logical program to use.  Handout
  • Scottish Research Series: In this class, there will be offered up to date web sights to aid you in your search for your Scottish ancestor. Help will be given in the areas of Census, Civil registration, Parish registers, probate records, maps and gazetteers and archives. The Scottish research class will be taught for two consecutive weeks, with hands on computer help. Each week, time will be set aside for you to do some of your own research.  Handout
  • So You Want to Know Your Ancestors?: Introduction to family history research. Where to start, where to look, where to go for help.   Handout - PowerPoint Presentation
  • Submitting Temple Names Using "All My Cousins: The Church Certified Affiliate Program "All My Cousins" will be used in conjunction with new FamilySearch to provide hundreds of your cousins' names for temple work. This program finds all cousins' names that have a green arrow/temple icon by
    their name.  Handout
  • Swiss Research: Class covers some Swiss history, reformation and records that were kept. Records that are available today and how to access them.
  • Syncing with new FamilySearch: Learn how to use Ancestral Quest, RootsMagic, Legacy and Family Insight to sync with new FamilySearch.
  • Taking the Frustration Obstacles Out of Genealogy: Review of obstacles that I have encountered doing my own Family History, (especially using the “New Family Search Site”) as well as other obstacles encountered by Logan Family History Center Patrons. Help solve obstacles by providing direct operation information as well as suggesting other sites available to provide help. A beginning handout will be provided online with the power point presentation. This will change after the 1st class to incorporate any obstacles you may personally have.  Handout
  • Understanding the Benefit of IGI Batch Numbers: How accurate is the data on the IGI and the New family Search? This question will be answered in this class. Come and learn how to find these batch numbers and feel good about your research.
  • Using a Digital Camera In Family History Work: Using a digital camera to take images of source documents (and other artifacts). Why use a digital camera, considerations in taking a picture, how to select a camera.   Handout
  • Which Genealogy Program is Best for Me?: This class will compare the features of PAF, Family Insight, Ancestral Quest, RootsMagic and Legacy. Please bring a GEDCOM of your database (4-5 generations is plenty). We will import it into each program and complete a set of tasks in each that will help you decide which program fits your needs and skill level best.  Class Handout
  • Write Your Life History in 1 Hour!: Writing your life history does not have to be a monumental task. A brief, but informative summary of your life can be written in just one hour. Learn how to make writing your history easy and fun. You will complete most of your history in this class.