Ogden FamilySearch Library 2014 Conference class descriptions

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Class Descriptions - Ogden Family History Conference September 13, 2014

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First Session 10:00-11:00

1. How Do I Start my Family History….Doris Bateman

This course is designed for those beginning their family history journey.  We will discuss an organized approach to research, including: finding records in your own home, interviewing family members, and organizing the information you find into a detective kit.  We will explore how to find the online records and physical records that will help you find your family, use a research log, and record and evaluate your findings and sources.

2. Family Tree: the Basics....Edith Reeves

The first thing to know about Family Tree is just what it is (and what it isn’t). With that knowledge you are ready for an introduction to what you can do with Family Tree and some ideas about how you can contribute to this huge online pedigree database. A very basic class for those new to the FamilySearch Family Tree.

3. Expanding Your Family Tree….Lisa McBride AG (will be repeated)

What FamilySearch tools are available to help you expand your family tree? Explore how working from the Desendancy View and Puzilla can help you build a complete tree—not just down your tree, but up also! Learn how to look for clues and to use the newest tools to zero in on those family members missing in your tree and to build the story of their lives.

4. YOUTH – By the Youth, For the Youth….Cassidy Shupe

In this hour, you will have the opportunity to rotate to several stations that teach about certain steps to doing family history. These stations will give an overview of each topic, and allow you to get your basic questions answered by professional youth just like yourself!

5. Online Swedish Research….Bradley Marchant

I provide a case study example on how it is possible to research one's pedigree entirely using Online Swedish tools. My case study follows a woman found in the 1900 census of Sweden and takes her pedigree line back to someone born in 1720 while sitting at a single computer without using anything but online (paid and free) tools for research. Also, there is a short section on how to track to living relatives in Sweden using online tools.    Beginning to Advanced Students will learn.

6. “I Didn’t Know That!”….Joanne Hanson

Often I am asked at the Ogden Family History Center, simple questions concerning some aspect of research. When the individual gets an answer, even when they are quite knowledgeable, the most common response is, “I didn't know that!”. Just a little explanation or a tip can help us with our research. Education is a must in family history research and it doesn't have to be something big although it may be, if not known by the researcher ahead of time. Tidbits can relate to naming patterns, handwriting, immigration, military records, the calendar, census and LDS records to name a few. You might even be heard to say, if you attend this session, “I didn't know that!” or share one of your own.

7. Born to Write My History….Emma Lu Draper

The class goal is to show that with proper formatting, writing a personal history is enjoyable for both writer and reader.

8. Finding the Living Among the Dead: Using the Internet to Find Your Living Cousins….Amy Archibald

The missing link in your family history may be only one phone call or email away.  Come learn how to find your living cousins online.  We will explore the clues available in family trees, obituaries and online tools.  Then we will discover the online resources to assist you in finding the contact information of your cousins. 

9. What’s New in RootsMagic 6….Mike Booth

An introduction to RootsMagic 6, the newest version of this award-winning genealogy software. Learn about features like Online publishing, the live Timeline view, Web Tags, Global Search, and CountyCheck Explorer.  You’ll also learn about the many enhanced features as well.  See for yourself why Family Tree Magazine named RootsMagic, “the best all-around genealogy program . .  for both casual and serious genealogists.”

10. Strategies for Successful French Research….Heidi Sugden AG®

Learn the basics of French Research, including map resources and methodology. This class will also discuss research in Alsace.

11. Meyers Gazetteer: Using the Online Version….Naomi Newbold

12. What’s New in Ancestral Quest….Gaylon Findlay

Come learn about the latest features in Ancestral Quest. Whether you use AQ's native database or are still using PAF 5, you'll find new tools to help you with your family history. Time permitting, if you have a question about something not on the outline, we may be able to answer it.

13. FamilySearch Indexación (en Español)....Carolina Aranda de Espinoza

El objetivo de esta clase es motivar y enseñar cómo usar correctamente el programa de indexación.

Second Session 11:15-12-15

14. Family History Consultant & Priesthood Leadership Training….Elder & Sister Travis Weaver

For family history consultants and leaders; presents a new view of family history and how consultants can be a resource to leaders in missionary work, teaching the gospel, retaining new members, and reactivation.

16. Great Internet Sites for US Family History….Marilyn Markham MLS, AG

So much is on the Internet now. This class will introduce many of the best US websites you can use for free as well as several pay sites worth their fees. Through them, you can learn a lot about your ancestors from home, a family history center, or a library.

16. Adding Sources, Photos and Stories to FamilySearch Family Tree….Kelly Summers AG® (will be repeated)

We will provide step by step examples of how to find and attach sources to the Family Tree, and to upload photos and stories to FamilySearch Family Tree.

17. British Descendant Research 1760-1911….Bradley Marchant

Tracking one's family lines down from 1801-1911, utilizing the latest resources online and with microfilm, and creative methodological thinking, and providing a better overall example of one's family history. Case Example: The Smith family of Lancashire. (Tracked successfully to people born in the 1960's in the UK! Yes, even the SMITH surname is possible!) I will be discussing open vs. closed parishes, some methodology when it comes to migrating families, staying organized, etc. Beginning-Advanced.

18. Youth: Finding Your Cousins….Scott, Jeff and Terry Allen (will be repeated)

A father, son (15 years old), and grandfather will present three different perspectives of how you can find your cousins using information in FamilySearch Family Tree. Are you having problems extending your ancestral lines or finding names for LDS temple ordinances? Why not look at your research from your ancestors’ perspective? We’ll show you how you can use various tools (Pandora’s Hope Chest, FamilySearch Family Tree descendant view, and Puzzilla) to find your cousins.

19. Brief Introduction to the Church History Library….Jay Burrup

The presentation will introduce selected research sources at the Church History Library that researchers with LDS ancestry or an interest in LDS Church history can use to broaden and enrich understanding of LDS family and local history.

20. How to find ancestors in Digitalarkivet (Digital archives) of Norway….Liv Anderson

21. Writing Your Personal History....Emil O. Hanson

This session will teach individuals how to write their personal histories in such a way that their children and descendants will want to read them. It will also make the project fun for the writer. “After all, all we really are is our story.” That statement from the movie, 'Australia', becomes absolutely true after we are dead and gone. This session will be taught by Emil O. Hanson, Director of the Ogden Family History Center.

22. MyHeritage.com….Mark Olsen

23. RootsMagic + FamilySearch = Easy….Mike Booth

RootsMagic genealogy software won the FamilySearch award for “Easiest to Sync”. Learn how to use RootsMagic to easily search the FamilySearch Family Tree and to share data and collaborate with others using this tremendous online resource. You’ll also learn how RootsMagic can make you more productive in working with FamilySearch.

24. German Research on the Internet – Useful Web sites….Heidi Sugden AG®

The Internet is fast becoming the genealogist’s best friend.  This class introduces the top 22 research sites for family history research.

25. Research Logs: Your Key to Success….Naomi Newbold

26. YOUTH: Get to Know Your Geezers….Matthew Hovorka

Get started in genealogy by visiting the top sites used by professional genealogists. Explore how to start collecting your family history on Ancestry.com, FamilySearch.org and MyHeritage.com. Each of these sites have information on billions of individuals and many millions of records to search. Recommended for 18 and younger.

27. FamilySearch Family Tree (en Español)….Juan Balderas Nápoles

Este taller básico de genealogía a través de Family Search te brindará las herramientas elementales para iniciar tu árbol genealógico, buscar tus ancestros en bases de datos de tu país de origen, así como la incorporación de fotos e historias para que puedas enriquecer tu historia familiar.

THIRD SESSION : 12:30-1:30

28. I Found my Tree Online, Why Do I Need Family History Software?....Arron Wheeler

This beginning class will answer the question, “Why do I need my own database on PAF or another program?” It will also provide you with an overview of the some of the main family history programs.
29. Introducing the New FamilySearch Indexing Tool….Katie Gale
This class will briefly explain the importance of indexing and how to get started. The bulk of the presentation will introduce Italian birth records to beginners and advanced indexers alike. With the Rome LDS Temple set to open in 2015, these record sets deserve our best efforts.

30. Expanding Your Family Tree….Lisa McBride AG
See Class # 3 for description

31. Danish Research on the Internet....Annie Strawn

Did you know that Denmark has put their national records online at no cost? Unfortunately, the website is a little difficult to use unless you speak Danish—or take this class which will teach you all the tips you need to know to navigate the website and find your Danish ancestors.

32. A Beginner’s Guide to Digitally Preserving and Organizing Your Family History….Naomi Newbold

33. More on Your Mormon Lines….Bradley Marchant

Everyone thinks that their family history work is "done"  but this is never the case. This class will outline different ways to be involved in one's early LDS roots, working on correcting, verifying, and doing collateral descendancy research. Examples from Denmark, Sweden, England and Switzerland. Beginning-Intermediate.

34. Genealogy is Not Just for Grandmas, Billion Graves….Hudson Gunn

35. Introduction to LDS Congregational Records (branches, wards, stakes, districts, and missions)….Jay Burrup

The presentation will spotlight different types of minutes, reports, and other records generated at the local level that can be used to provide biographical and historical background for those with LDS ancestry or an interest in local history.

36. Organizing, Planning, and Sharing Using Legacy Family Tree….Leonard Plaizier

See how Legacy helps you write sources correctly and easily, and helps you work with your information by searching and creating reports. Learn how to print reports, use the Publishing Center to publish books, and much more.

37. French Research Sites and Databases….Heidi Sugden AG®

Learn how to use Internet effectively to find your French ancestors online.  Most of the French Civil and Church Records are online and most are free of charge.

38. Learning to Read Old German Script, (Pt1)….Fritz Juengling AG®

This course is designed to give family history researchers who read little or no German and have had no experience with German vital records a basic working knowledge of such records. It would be advisable for patrons who are interested in this class to download and print a copy of the handout before coming to class, as there will be hands-on practice using the material in the handout.

39. Research Using the Ogden FamilySearch Library’s Website – Ogdenfsl.org….Emil O. Hanson

Family History is one of the most popular hobbies in the world and many of the hobbyists do not know why they are drawn to it. Others involved in family history see it as a sacred quest. The mission of the Ogden FamilySearch Library is to assist all those who are interested in family history, for whatever reason, to be able to have a place, tools, training and personal assistance in pursuing their research quest or hobby. This Website is designed to provide an orderly and time saving approach to their research efforts. The Website is an evolving project, because the family history software, research websites and related tools are spinning forward faster than we can keep up with it. We hope that people from around the world will access it and find research value in using it.

40. La Investigacion Hispana (Hispanic Research)....Jonathan Walker

Esta clase se cubra como de buscar su ancestros en latinamerica. Vamos a cubrir las estrategias de investigación, cómo encontrar y entender los registros, y cómo tener éxito en la investigación para su Ancestros.

Fourth Session 1:45-2:45

41. Documentation Made Easy—It’s All About Sources....Doris Bateman

This class will help you learn in simple language why documentation is important and how to do it. We will discuss the changes in vocabulary and thinking concerning notes, sources, citations, and information; understand the meaning of original and derivative sources, primary and secondary information, and learn how to document your sources using genealogy software and in your own software and FamilySearch Family Tree.

42. US State and Federal Censuses…. Marilyn Markham AG

Censuses are a great way to track you ancestors’ movements, family members, births, marriages, deaths, and more. The federal censuses taken every 10 years give a wealth of information. Many states also took censuses giving additional snapshots of families and individuals.

43. Saving Your Family History Securely in the Cloud….Scott Allen

This presentation will demonstrate how you can easily and securely save a copy of your family history data (genealogy files, histories, pictures, etc.) to the cloud automatically. We’ll discuss the benefits of cloud storage, privacy concerns, and compare several cloud storage providers (free and paid).

44. Researching in the British Isles….Jessica Taylor

An overview of British history, strategies for research, and how to get started tracing your ancestors in England.

45. Family Reunion Planning: Tools & Resources for Successful Events….Amy Archibald

From simple cousin parties to multi-day events, come discover the available resources to help you organize, plan, prepare and pull-off successful family events.

46. FamilySearch Wiki….Lisa McBride AG

What is the most-visited and largest research guide on the Internet? What has the potential of becoming the most important place you go to help you with your research? The FamilySearch Research Wiki! Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned genealogist the Wiki has something to help you move your research forward. Learn about what is available and how to find it. Find out how you can contribute to make the Wiki an even better resource for everyone.

47. Adding Sources, Photos and Stories to FamilySearch Family Tree…Kelly Summers AG®

We will provide step by step examples of how to find and attach sources to the Family Tree, and to upload photos and stories to FamilySearch Family Tree.

48. Homesickness and Immigration….Susan Matt

This session will examine how newcomers to America--from English colonists and slaves to modern immigrants today--have felt about their migrations. While we often gloss over the emotional trauma of leaving home, it left an indelible mark on immigrants and the culture they created in the U.S. and is a central, if overlooked part of the nation's--and our families'--histories.

49. Creating Audio, Slide Show, and Video Family History Stories, (Pt1)….Marlo Schuldt

Marlo says that this class will be fun for all ages; bring the whole family and learn how to tell your family stories in a captivating way.

50. Organize in Color (Pt1)....Joanne Hanson

Have you always wanted to create a family history book (or two) using all the paper copies that you, your mother and grandmother collected and preserved? I did, too. Especially after I began to document and make copies of my own. Yes, I can put them into a computer file on my flash drive, but could my children, grandchildren and great grandchildren plus grand and great, read and handle the pages as they do with other valuable and historic books? Now that I have, they are being read, remembered, and shared with other extended family members. Color coding makes it a simple organizing system, come see.

51. FamilySearch and Legacy Family Tree….Leonard Plaizier

51. FamilySearch and Legacy Family Tree….Leonard Plaizier
Learn how to easily interact with FamilySearch, including checking for duplicates, sharing information, and reserve names for ordinance cards. Learn how Legacy’s percentage-tracker can help you know when you’re actually done with sections of your family tree.

52. Netherlands Internet Research....Don Koldewyn

This workshop will provide a brief overview of several online Dutch national, provincial/regional, and city genealogical websites and how to navigate the sites. Time may be provided to actually search for participant family names.

53. Learning to Read Old German Script, (Pt2)….Fritz Juengling AG®

This is a continuation, not a repeat, of class #38.

54. FamilySearch.org (en Español)….Juan Balderas Nápoles

Fifth Session 3:00-4:00

55. How to Really See What Records are Telling About Your Ancestor…. Marilyn Markham MLS, AG

Learn how to see what records can tell you even when the information is not directly stated. Without saying so, records can give you information about an ancestor’s birth, marriage, death, immigration, and much more.

56. I’m Irish, now what? – A Beginner’s Guide to Tracing your Immigrant Ancestor back to Ireland. ….Jessica Taylor

Learn how to get started tracing your immigrant ancestor from the U.S. to Ireland. In this course you'll learn about key strategies, common roadblocks, and important resources for discovering your origins in Ireland.

57. FamilySearch Family Tree: Correcting Relationships….Edith Reeves

This class is for the Family Tree user with obvious problems and errors in their pedigree and offers guidelines for making corrections to the tree. The data in the FamilySearch Family Tree comes from a variety of sources. Some of these sources have introduced errors into the tree. This course will attempt to provide you with guidelines as you deal with correcting data and relationship errors in the Family Tree. For the experienced Family Tree user.

58. Beginning Danish/Norwegian Research….Bradley Marchant

In this class, we will learn the beginning steps to successfully locate one's family in Denmark and Norway. This class will spend time explaining patronymics, history and online church records to help you locate your family. Basics on how to use online resources for both countries.  Beginning-Intermediate.

59. German Church and Civil Records: Extracting Genealogical Information….Fritz Juengling AG®

This course is designed to give beginning family history researchers who read little or no German and have had no experience with German vital records a basic working knowledge of such records. We will look at a number of vital records, including birth, baptismal, marriage, and death, and learn how to identify essential information. It is the follow-up, application class to “Learning to Read Old German Script” class.

60. Beginning Southern Research….Kelly Summers AG®

We will examine each of the Southern States and discuss things that genealogists researching in the area should know.

61. Creating Audio, Slide Show, and Video Family History Stories, (Pt2)….Marlo Schuldt

This is a continuation, not a repeat, of Class #49.

62. Finding Your Cousins….Scott, Jeff and Terry Allen

See class #18 for description.  #62 is the repeated #18 class.

63. Weber State University’s Special Collections and Archives….Sarah Langsdon

Often times, local universities hold hidden genealogical gems. This session will talk about the resources that are available at Weber State University Special Collections and Archives for people looking in the Ogden area. Come and discover some of the many treasures from Polk Directories to yearbooks to diaries to World War I service cards.

64. Organize in Color (Pt2)....Joanne Hanson

This is a continuation, not a repeat, of Class #50.

65. Ancestral Quest and FamilySearch Family Tree….Gaylon Findlay

Ancestral Quest received an award from FamilySearch for having the most comprehensive methods for syncing your personal data with FamilySearch data. Come get an overview of this easy to use, yet powerful set of tools for using FamilySearch Family Tree with your personal data file, whether you use the native AQ database or are still using PAF 5.

66. Latin American Research….Jonathan Walker

This class will cover how to search for and find your ancestors, in Latin America. Whether you were born in the United States or in another country. We will cover research strategies, how to find and understand the records, and how to be successful in researching for your Hispanic Ancestry. This class will be tailored taught, to those attending the class.

67. French Church and Civil Records & Paleography Issues….Heidi Sugden AG®

This class will teach beginning and intermediate researchers how to read French Civil and Church records, and where to find the records online. We will discuss the French Republican Calendar and other things about French Record keeping.

68. Billion Graves (en Español)….Hudson Gunn

Ogden Family Search Library Conference - "One-on-One Circle of Service"

Located center of Atrium on the second floor. Drop in for help with general research questions of your choice from consultants, volunteers and missionaries. Some of our experts are:
General: Fran McFarland, LaVera Paris, JoAnn Hall
Swedish: Curtis Larson,
Danish: Annie Strawn,
Spanish/Latin American: Juan Balderas
Holland: Don Koldewyn and Pearl Hunt,
Norway: Dale McIntyre 
Indexing Italian Birth Records: Elder Howard Cheney and Linda Poulter (probably located in the vendor area.)
Most of these consultants are happy to make follow-up appointments to meet at the Ogden Familysearch Library in the weeks following the conference.