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-registration is required.  Series description  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.

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

The research series "Beyond the Census: Resources and Records for African American Genealogy" is offered by the African American Genealogical Society of Northern California.  This will be a five week series costing $35. Pre-registration is required; there will be no walk-ins for single classes. See AAGSNC for more information and registration.

Class and Event Schedule

Date Title Teacher # wks Time




Feb 1 Intro to Personal Ancestral File (PAF) Miller 1     1:30P
Feb 2 WETA Group in the FSL 1   10A-12P
Feb 2 Using Focus in Personal Ancestral File (PAF) Miller 1     1:30P
Feb 5 CGS* Intermediate Series Begins (Cemetery Rec.) Lindsey 2 0f 10     10:30A
Feb 5 AAGSNC* - Beyond the Census (Hist. Black Newspapers) Sellers 2 of 5  6:30-8:30P
Feb 6 Eastern Europe Workshop
1  6:30-8:30P    
Feb 8 Intro to Roots Magic Miller 1  1:30-2:30P
Feb 9 WETA Group in the FSL
1   10A -1P
Feb 10 AAGSNC* - Black Family History Day
1  1:00-5:00P
Feb 12 CGS* Intermediate Series Begins (Church Rec.) Lindsey 1    10:30A
Feb 12  AAGSNC* - Beyond the Census (Best Websites) Smith      6:30P  
Feb 13 East Bay Genealogical Society Meeting
monthly        10:00A
Feb 13 Mac Users Workshop   George monthly      7:00P
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 (Freedmen's Bureau) Smith 1 of 5      6:30P   
  • AAGSNC = African American Genealogical Society of Northern California
  • CGS = California Genalogical Society

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!

AAGSNC - Louisiana Study - 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.  No pre-registration necessary.  No fee.

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.

Freedmen's Bureau Records - 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.