Oakland California FamilySearch Library/Class Schedule

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Oakland FSL
4766 Lincoln Avenue
Oakland, California

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Tue-Wed: 10:00 am – 9 pm
Thu-Sat: 10:00 am – 4 pm
Sun-Mon: Closed
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Beginning Genealogy Series - Preregistration required

This seven week series will focus on gathering and organizing family records, then beginning to use libraries, archives and the internet to document your family history research.  Students are encouraged to bring lunch and stay after class to work on research; instructors will often be available for personal assistance.  Pre-registration is required (maximum of 30 students); no walkins will be allowed.  See below for class descriptions or download the flyer.

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Class and Event Schedule

Date Title Teacher # wks Time

Aug 19  San Francisco Bay Area Jewish Gen. Soc. 1 1-4 P 
Aug 25 Mac Users Group Meeting George monthly 1:30 P
Sep 12  East Bay Genealogical Society Meeting
monthly  10 A 
Sep 12  Mac Users Group Workshop George monthly  7 P 
Sep 18 Beginning Genealogy Series - Getting Started  Lindsey weekly  10:30 A 
Sep 22  Mac Users Group Meeting George monthly 1:30 P 
Sep 25  Beginning Genealogy Series - Census Records Johnston  weekly 10:30 A 
Sep 26  African American Workshop monthly 6 - 8 P 

Beginning Genealogy Series - Class 1 - Getting Started

Students will be introduced to the basic tools of the genealogist, including forms, computer software programs and the vocabulary of genealogy. Discussions will cover the first steps: surveying your family for information and documents, organizing your files, recording your
research and establishing research goals.

Beginning Genealogy Series - Class 2 - Using Census Records
State and federal census records are among the most interesting and accessible of all genealogical source materials. Learn how to access and search these records and see the staggering amount of information that can be gleaned from them. The class will include examples of mortality, agricultural and slave census records, as well as Canadian and Mexican censuses.

Beginning Genealogy Series - Class 3 - Documenting in the Digital Age
If you don’t keep track of your research, both online and on site, you will find yourself repeating that research, struggling to locate records you know you have, or asking yourself, “Where did I find this information?” This class introduces students to the basics of research logs, digital
record storage and the art and science of citing sources.

Beginning Genealogy Series - Class 4 - Secondary Sources Students will go to the next research level: finding out what has already been done. Is it accurate? This class introduces family name books, genealogical compilations, websites, email lists and more. It helps the new genealogist leave the world of family lore and explore the genealogical community.

Beginning Genealogy Series - Class 5 - Vital Records, SSDI and the Calendar Change of 1752 This class introduces the wealth of information found in birth, marriage, and death records. Learn how to obtain vital records created at the various levels of the U.S. government: federal, state, county and town. The instructor will also explain the calendar change of 1752 and how it
affects genealogical research.