Oakland California FamilySearch Library/Class Schedule

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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.

The Intermediate Genealogical Research Series presented by the California Genealogical Society will be a 10 week series costing $50 (includes syllabus).  Pre-registraion is required and a link to on-line registration will be provided shortly.  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.

Classes and workshops presented by the African American Genealogical Society of Northern California are offered free and no pre-registration is required.

Class and Event Schedule

Date Title Teacher # wks Time




Jan 4 Using GEDCOM in Personal Ancestral File (PAF) Miller 1     10:30A
Jan 5 Intro to Personal Ancestral File (PAF) Miller 1      1:30P
Jan 8 Using GEDCOM in RootsMagic Miller 1     10:30A
Jan 8 Genealogy and Family History in the Digital Age Mattson 1      7:00P
Jan 9 East Bay Genealogical Society Meeting
monthly     10:00A 
Jan 9 Mac Users Workshop George monthly      7:00P
Jan 11 Using GEDCOM in RootsMagic Miller 1      1:30P
Jan 15 Intro to Roots Magic Miller 1     10:30A
Jan 15 AAGSNC* - Louisiana Study
monthly      6:30P
Jan 18    Intro to Roots Magic Miller      1:30P  
Jan 22 Documentation in RootsMagic Miller 1       10:30A
Jan 23 African American Workshop   Collins monthly      6:30P
Jan 25    Documentation in RootsMagic Miller 1      1:30P   
Jan 29    CGS* Intermediate Series Begins (Probate) Johnston 1 of 10      10:30A   
Jan 29    AAGSNC* - Beyond the Census Workshop
1      6:30P   
  • AAGSNC = African American Genealogical Society of Northern California
  • CGS = California Genalogical Society

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.

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 - 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.

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!

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.

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.