Oakland California FamilySearch Library/Class Schedule

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4766 Lincoln Avenue
Oakland, California
510-531-3905

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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 Collins monthly 6 - 8 P 




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!

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.

Beginning Genealogy Series - Class 6 - Field Trip to the CA Genealogical Society Library Tour the CGS Library and explore the resources available. Use the balance of the day to research your family with experienced genealogists on hand to assist.

Beginning Genealogy Series - Class 7 - Where Do I Go from Here?  

After a discussion of the resources available at the OFSL, this hands-on session will include an orientation to the computer desktop in the OFSL, the catalog of permanent collections, and the records that can be obtained on loan. We will tour the center and have an opportunity to put all the lessons learned in this series to practical use under the guidance of experienced genealogists.