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Classes hosted by the Oakland FamilySearch Library are offered free of charge with an occasional small fee to cover the cost of handouts.  Pre-registration is required as classes may be cancelled when enrollment is insufficient. Pre-register at fhcoakland@gmail.com or 510-531-3905.  
 
Classes hosted by the Oakland FamilySearch Library are offered free of charge with an occasional small fee to cover the cost of handouts.  Pre-registration is required as classes may be cancelled when enrollment is insufficient. Pre-register at fhcoakland@gmail.com or 510-531-3905.  
  
The '''Intermediate Genealogical Research Series''' presented by the California Genealogical Society will be a 10 week series costing $50 (includes syllabus).  Pre-registration is required.  [http://www.californiaancestors.org/images/stories/201301_winter_int_series.pdf Series description]  [http://tinyurl.com/Intermediate2013Reg Pre-register]  There will be no walk-ins for single classes. It is recommended that participants utilize the research information received in the beginning classes BEFORE they enroll in the intermediate classes. All classes will be taught in the Oakland FamilySearch Library.
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==== '''Marion Smith - Obscure Records of U.S. Citizenship and Nationality '''''(no charge, pre-register for guaranteed seating) ''  ====
  
The monthly African American workshops are offered free and no pre-registration is required.<br>
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This presentation will focus on lesser-known federal records of&nbsp;derived citizenship, repatriation, and correspondence covering a&nbsp;variety of citizenship-related problems and topics. While the records&nbsp;discussed were created after 1906, some involve events that occurred years or decades before. In addition to case studies and examples, the presentation will provide guidance for researching the records at either USCIS or the National Archives.  
  
The research series "'''Beyond the Census: Resources and Records for&nbsp;African American Genealogy'''" is offered by the African American Genealogical Society of Northern California. &nbsp;This will be a five week series costing $35.&nbsp;Pre-registration is required; there will be no walk-ins for single classes. See&nbsp;[http://www.aagsnc.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=201:aagsnc-beyond-the-census&catid=53:newsflash&Itemid=126 AAGSNC] for more information and registration.  
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Marian L. Smith is the Senior Historian of U.S. Citizenship and&nbsp;Immigration Services (USCIS, formerly INS). Her research focus&nbsp;primarily involves official immigration agency records held in the&nbsp;National Archives in downtown Washington, DC, and her articles appear in the National Archives journal Prologue, the FGS Forum, and other publications. Her depth and range of knowledge never fail to impress her audiences.  
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'''Doors open at 12:20 for those pre-registered with tickets. Walk-ins allowed at 12:50 (space available). To pre-register E-mail fhcoakland@gmail.com Subject line - REGISTER'''<br>
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The monthly African American Research Workshops are offered free and no pre-registration is required.<br>
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*AAGSNC = African American Genealogical Society of Northern California
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'''African-American Research Workshop''' - Instructor, Judith Collins - Encountering challenges overcoming those brick walls while conducting your family's African American genealogical research? Unsure of which research strategies and techniques can assist you in locating your ancestors? Are you unable to conduct your research beyond the magical year of 1870, (the first year African Americans were enumerated in the U.S. Census)? If you said yes to any of these questions, then the African American Research Workshop (AARW) may be the remedy to your genealogical challenges! The workshop is scheduled the fourth Wednesday of each month. Instruction takes place during convenient evening hours; 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Individual assistance is provided from 8:00 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. No pre-registraton necessary!
  
'''African-American Workshop''' - Encountering challenges overcoming those brick walls while conducting your family's African American genealogical research? Unsure of which research strategies and techniques can assist you in locating your ancestors? Are you unable to conduct your research beyond the magical year of 1870, (the first year African Americans were enumerated in the U.S. Census)? If you said yes to any of these questions, then the African American Research Workshop (AARW) may be the remedy to your genealogical challenges! The workshop is scheduled the fourth Wednesday of each month. Instruction takes place during convenient evening hours; 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Individual assistance is provided from 8:00 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. No pre-registraton necessary!
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'''CGS Intermediate Research Series''' '''- Solving the Toughest Genealogy Problems''' - This final class in the series will talk about techniques for research when all the usual solutions don’t work. We will discuss developing a plan for solving those end-of-the-line situations.  
  
'''AAGSNC - Louisiana Study''' -&nbsp;This will be a workshop for those who are doing research in Louisiana or just getting started with research there. All levels are welcomed. We highly encourage those who attend to have began a 4 generation pedigree chart and have a binder for handouts available. &nbsp;No pre-registration necessary. &nbsp;No fee.  
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'''Documentation in RootsMagic (hands on)''' - Instructor, Ken Miller&nbsp;- Documenting (or footnoting) your research is a vital part of being a good genealogist. This class teaches the fundamentals of documentation using the RootsMagic software program but the principles taught could be used in any program. Please bring a flash drive to class if you have one.  
  
'''Documentation in RootsMagic (hands on)''' - Documenting (or footnoting) your research is a vital part of being a good genealogist. This class teaches the fundamentals of documentation using the RootsMagic software program but the principles taught could be used in any program. Please bring a flash drive to class if you have one.  
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'''Documentation in PAF(hands on)''' - Instructor, Ken Miller - Documenting (or footnoting) your research is a vital part of being a good genealogist. This class teaches the fundamentals of documentation using the Personal Ancestral File (PAF) software program but the principles taught could be used in any program. Please bring a flash drive to class if you have one.  
  
'''Freedmen's Bureau Records '''-&nbsp;The Freedmen's Bureau is an often underutilized record set which can lead to confirmation of a last slaveholder and tracing your ancestors before the 1870. Learn about the history of the bureau, it's organization, and the types of records you can find within the more than 1,600 rolls of microfilm maintained by the National Archives and Records Administration.  
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'''Introduction to Ancestral Quest (hands-on) '''- Instructor, Wendall Eves - This is a hands-on introduction to the genealogical data management program Ancestral Quest. It will cover how to download a free limited version of the program, open a file, enter/edit data, enter source information and the research manager. There is no charge for the class but there will be a small fee to cover the cost of handouts. We would appreciate pre-registration at fhcoakland@gmail.com or 510-531-3905 as the class is limited to 8 participants. Bring a flash drive or a laptop computer if you have one.  
  
'''Genealogy and Family History in the Digital Age'''. (For beginners and those returning to genealogy) - This class will give you a broad overview of how family history has changed with the aid of the Internet, some basics on keeping it simple, organizing, reducing the paper, and moving forward without being overwhelmed.  
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'''Introduction to Family Tree''' - Instructor, Ralph Severson - This class is to introduce and demonstrate Family Tree, the new online application at familysearch.org that allows the user to collaborate with others to build, share, manage, and preserve a family history online. It is expected to be open to the public this month.
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'''Introduction to Personal Ancestral File'''&nbsp;'''(hands-on)''' - Instructor, Ken Miller - This is a hands-on introduction to the free genealogical data management program, Personal Ancestral File (PAF). It will cover how to open the program, entering data, documentation and adding pictures. There is no charge for the class but there will be a small fee to cover the cost of handouts. &nbsp;We would appreciate pre-registration at fhcoakland@gmail.com or 510-531-3905 as the class is limited to 8 participants.&nbsp;Bring a flash drive if you have one.  
 
'''Introduction to Personal Ancestral File'''&nbsp;'''(hands-on)''' - Instructor, Ken Miller - This is a hands-on introduction to the free genealogical data management program, Personal Ancestral File (PAF). It will cover how to open the program, entering data, documentation and adding pictures. There is no charge for the class but there will be a small fee to cover the cost of handouts. &nbsp;We would appreciate pre-registration at fhcoakland@gmail.com or 510-531-3905 as the class is limited to 8 participants.&nbsp;Bring a flash drive if you have one.  
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'''Introduction to Roots Magic'''&nbsp;'''(hands-on) '''-&nbsp;Instructor, Ken Miller - This is a hands-on introduction to the genealogical data management program Roots Magic.&nbsp;It will cover opening the program, entering data, using templates for sources and notes, and adding pictures. The Webinar on Using RootsMagic will be included on the CD that will be given to participants.&nbsp;There is no charge for the class but there will be a small fee to cover the cost of handouts. We would appreciate pre-registration at fhcoakland@gmail.com or 510-531-3905 as the class is limited to 8 participants.&nbsp;Bring a flash drive if you have one.  
 
'''Introduction to Roots Magic'''&nbsp;'''(hands-on) '''-&nbsp;Instructor, Ken Miller - This is a hands-on introduction to the genealogical data management program Roots Magic.&nbsp;It will cover opening the program, entering data, using templates for sources and notes, and adding pictures. The Webinar on Using RootsMagic will be included on the CD that will be given to participants.&nbsp;There is no charge for the class but there will be a small fee to cover the cost of handouts. We would appreciate pre-registration at fhcoakland@gmail.com or 510-531-3905 as the class is limited to 8 participants.&nbsp;Bring a flash drive if you have one.  
  
'''Probate and Guardianship Records''' - Session one is an introduction to some of the most useful records for the genealogist, those created in order to settle the estate when a person dies. This class will look at all estate records, not just wills, and will touch on guardianship records.  
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'''Reconstructing Family Information When You Start With Almost Nothing''' -&nbsp;Often a researcher starts with little information. This case study&nbsp;demonstrates techniques and sources that enabled reconstruction of&nbsp;seven generations of a family, although the search began with only the&nbsp;slimmest of information: a town name, one person's last name, a&nbsp;married woman's first name, and a third person's occupation.  
  
'''Using GEDCOM in Personal Ancestral File (hands-on)''' - GEDCOM (Genealogical Exchange Data Communication) is the universal language of genealogical data programs. It allows the user to share information with on-line databases and with other family members who are using a different software program. This class uses a hand-on approach to learning to import and export data using the Personal Ancestral File (PAF) software. Class size is limited so please pre-register. Attendees should bring a flash drive if you have one.  
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'''Using Finding Aids for Jewish Records to Help Research Non-Jewish Ancestors''' - &nbsp;Even if you're not Jewish, you can still find useful information in&nbsp;many Jewish sources, or sources that are primarily focused on Jewish&nbsp;research. This class shows examples of the kind of information&nbsp;available that everyone can use to further their research.  
  
'''Using GEDCOM in RootsMagic (hands-on)''' – GEDCOM (Genealogical Exchange Data Communication) is the universal language of genealogical data programs. It allows the user to share information with on-line databases and with other family members who are using a different software program. This class uses a hand-on approach to learning to import and export data using the RootsMagic software. Class size is limited so please pre-register. Attendees should bring a flash drive if you have one.  
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'''Using the FOCUS feature in Personal Ancestral File (PAF)''' '''(hands-on)'''&nbsp;- Instructor, Ken Miller - This is a hands-on introduction to using the FOCUS feature of PAF. &nbsp;Focus allows the user to sort a database by any field(s). For instance, one can sort out of the main database only those born in New York state between 1850 and 1875, and then make a custom report of those individuals. &nbsp;When used effectively it can be a powerful and useful research tool.&nbsp;
  
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'''Using the SEARCH feature in Roots Magic'''&nbsp;'''(hands-on)''' - Instructor, Ken Miller - This is a hands-on introduction to using the SEARCH feature of Roots Magic. &nbsp;Search allows the user to sort a database by any field(s). &nbsp;For instance, one can sort out of the main database only those born in New York state between 1850 and 1875, and then make a custom report of those individuals. When used effectively it can be a powerful and useful research tool.
 
 
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Classes hosted by the Oakland FamilySearch Library are offered free of charge with an occasional small fee to cover the cost of handouts.  Pre-registration is required as classes may be cancelled when enrollment is insufficient. Pre-register at fhcoakland@gmail.com or 510-531-3905.

Marion Smith - Obscure Records of U.S. Citizenship and Nationality (no charge, pre-register for guaranteed seating) 

This presentation will focus on lesser-known federal records of derived citizenship, repatriation, and correspondence covering a variety of citizenship-related problems and topics. While the records discussed were created after 1906, some involve events that occurred years or decades before. In addition to case studies and examples, the presentation will provide guidance for researching the records at either USCIS or the National Archives.

Marian L. Smith is the Senior Historian of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS, formerly INS). Her research focus primarily involves official immigration agency records held in the National Archives in downtown Washington, DC, and her articles appear in the National Archives journal Prologue, the FGS Forum, and other publications. Her depth and range of knowledge never fail to impress her audiences.

Doors open at 12:20 for those pre-registered with tickets. Walk-ins allowed at 12:50 (space available). To pre-register E-mail fhcoakland@gmail.com Subject line - REGISTER

The monthly African American Research Workshops are offered free and no pre-registration is required.



Class and Event Schedule

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Apr 5 Introduction to Roots Magic Miller 1   10:30A
Apr 5 Introduction to PAF Miller 1    1:30P
Apr 9 Introduction to Ancestral Quest Eves 1    1:30P
Apr 10 East Bay Genealogical Society
monthly    10:00A
Apr 10 MacGen Workshop George monthly    7:00P
Apr 16 Ancestral Quest - Linking Syncing & Sourcing Eves 1   10:30A
Apr 21 Jewish Genealogical Society Meeting Frankel    1:00P
Apr 23 Roots Magic - Search & Making Custom Reports Miller 1    1:30P
Apr 26 PAF - Using FOCUS & Making Custom Reports Miller   10:30A
Apr 27 Mac Gen Meeting George monthly    1:30P
Apr 30 Reconstructing Family Information When You Start With Almost Nothing Sellers 1   10:30A
May 6 Obscure Records of U.S. Citizenship and Nationality Smith 1    1:00P
May 18 Using Finding Aids for Jewish Records to Help Research Non-Jewish Ancestors Sellers 1  1:30P
Jun 4 Basic Computer Class Holley 1    7:00P
Jun 11 Basic Computer Class Holley 1   11:00A
  • AAGSNC = African American Genealogical Society of Northern California

African-American Research Workshop - Instructor, Judith Collins - Encountering challenges overcoming those brick walls while conducting your family's African American genealogical research? Unsure of which research strategies and techniques can assist you in locating your ancestors? Are you unable to conduct your research beyond the magical year of 1870, (the first year African Americans were enumerated in the U.S. Census)? If you said yes to any of these questions, then the African American Research Workshop (AARW) may be the remedy to your genealogical challenges! The workshop is scheduled the fourth Wednesday of each month. Instruction takes place during convenient evening hours; 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Individual assistance is provided from 8:00 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. No pre-registraton necessary!

CGS Intermediate Research Series - Solving the Toughest Genealogy Problems - This final class in the series will talk about techniques for research when all the usual solutions don’t work. We will discuss developing a plan for solving those end-of-the-line situations.

Documentation in RootsMagic (hands on) - Instructor, Ken Miller - Documenting (or footnoting) your research is a vital part of being a good genealogist. This class teaches the fundamentals of documentation using the RootsMagic software program but the principles taught could be used in any program. Please bring a flash drive to class if you have one.

Documentation in PAF(hands on) - Instructor, Ken Miller - Documenting (or footnoting) your research is a vital part of being a good genealogist. This class teaches the fundamentals of documentation using the Personal Ancestral File (PAF) software program but the principles taught could be used in any program. Please bring a flash drive to class if you have one.

Introduction to Ancestral Quest (hands-on) - Instructor, Wendall Eves - This is a hands-on introduction to the genealogical data management program Ancestral Quest. It will cover how to download a free limited version of the program, open a file, enter/edit data, enter source information and the research manager. There is no charge for the class but there will be a small fee to cover the cost of handouts. We would appreciate pre-registration at fhcoakland@gmail.com or 510-531-3905 as the class is limited to 8 participants. Bring a flash drive or a laptop computer if you have one.

Introduction to Family Tree - Instructor, Ralph Severson - This class is to introduce and demonstrate Family Tree, the new online application at familysearch.org that allows the user to collaborate with others to build, share, manage, and preserve a family history online. It is expected to be open to the public this month.

Introduction to French Canadian Research - Instructor, Jane Lindsey - Informal discussion of French Canadian research. Come learn the basics of French Canadian names, history, basic research techniques, internet sites, etc. This class is for the beginning researcher with French Canadian ancestry.

Introduction to Personal Ancestral File (hands-on) - Instructor, Ken Miller - This is a hands-on introduction to the free genealogical data management program, Personal Ancestral File (PAF). It will cover how to open the program, entering data, documentation and adding pictures. There is no charge for the class but there will be a small fee to cover the cost of handouts.  We would appreciate pre-registration at fhcoakland@gmail.com or 510-531-3905 as the class is limited to 8 participants. Bring a flash drive if you have one.

Introduction to Roots Magic (hands-on) - Instructor, Ken Miller - This is a hands-on introduction to the genealogical data management program Roots Magic. It will cover opening the program, entering data, using templates for sources and notes, and adding pictures. The Webinar on Using RootsMagic will be included on the CD that will be given to participants. There is no charge for the class but there will be a small fee to cover the cost of handouts. We would appreciate pre-registration at fhcoakland@gmail.com or 510-531-3905 as the class is limited to 8 participants. Bring a flash drive if you have one.

Reconstructing Family Information When You Start With Almost Nothing - Often a researcher starts with little information. This case study demonstrates techniques and sources that enabled reconstruction of seven generations of a family, although the search began with only the slimmest of information: a town name, one person's last name, a married woman's first name, and a third person's occupation.

Using Finding Aids for Jewish Records to Help Research Non-Jewish Ancestors -  Even if you're not Jewish, you can still find useful information in many Jewish sources, or sources that are primarily focused on Jewish research. This class shows examples of the kind of information available that everyone can use to further their research.

Using the FOCUS feature in Personal Ancestral File (PAF) (hands-on) - Instructor, Ken Miller - This is a hands-on introduction to using the FOCUS feature of PAF.  Focus allows the user to sort a database by any field(s). For instance, one can sort out of the main database only those born in New York state between 1850 and 1875, and then make a custom report of those individuals.  When used effectively it can be a powerful and useful research tool. 

Using the SEARCH feature in Roots Magic (hands-on) - Instructor, Ken Miller - This is a hands-on introduction to using the SEARCH feature of Roots Magic.  Search allows the user to sort a database by any field(s).  For instance, one can sort out of the main database only those born in New York state between 1850 and 1875, and then make a custom report of those individuals. When used effectively it can be a powerful and useful research tool.