General Classes at the Center

A Description of Each Class


Class Descriptions

Family Tree:


Family Tree Training Class #1

Learn to Navigate in Family Tree; View 4 different charts Landscape, Portrait, Fan and Descendency. How to [expand or contract] family lines. Find [Get Help] and the [Learning Center]; understand Privacy Rules. Learn the difference between [Summary Card] and [Person or Detail Page]. Produce a [4-generation Pedigree Chart]; and a [Family Group Sheet]. View children and other spouses, if any. Update vital information and [standardize] information for ancestors in your tree for at least 4 generations.



wpe6030b41_0aFamily Tree Training Class #2

Add sources; why it’s important to verify who the person is. You will learn how to add sources from other websites; and how to use [Recordseek]. The Memories tab has a drop down with several options; [Photos, Stories, Documents, Audio, People, Albums, and Find]. We will show the uses for each option, such as how to download photos, stories and documents. How to Tag photos, etc. Learn how to use the [Library Catalog] that is located at the Salt Lake City Family History Library, from your computer. learn how to sign up and access the 5 Partner websites at no charge, [, FindMyPast, myheritage, American Ancestors, and Geneanet]from your computer.



wpe6030b41_0aFAMILY TREE ADVANCED #3

Learn the essential research skills to find your ancestors by:

  1. Getting organized for research
  2. Identifying a line to do research on to extend your pedigree
  3. Form solid strategies to research your selected lines
  4. Using Family Search tools to find ancestor information
  5. Developing your skills in researching your ancestors
  6. Solve problems and use effective research methods

These 3 classes are to be studied and learned together. Each class builds on the next and prepares you for more cleaning and getting the records as correct as possible to give our book of life to the Lord when that time comes.


Data Base:

shutterstock_197803430-680x400Why keep a Data Base?
Since FamilySearch has a tree, we learn why we need to keep a database. There are many different types of Genealogical databases.
A Database can keep the information you want on a living relative (your children.) A Database can keep photo memories of living and dead. A Database cannot be changed by anyone but you. A Database is private, only changed by you, and is kept safe from others. It is also a place to keep notes that you don’t want anyone else to see. Learn how to tag to keep private information private. There are free and cost wise databases that interface with Family Tree to easily move information back and forth.
Learn when to Backup/Restore, Import/Export, and what “save as” is for. Learn when to use a flash drive and well as learn more terminology.



Basic Roots Magic:


No matter what personal genealogy program you decide to use, the most important thing is that you have one.  You do not need to be a professional researcher as even those who have the most casual approach to dipping your toes into the world of genealogical research can greatly benefit from having a way to store and/or share your family stories and data.  RootsMagic is a very versatile and easy to use program even for those who know only the basics of computer use.  In the Basic RootsMagic Class, I will explain how to obtain RootsMagic, set up the program on your computer and/or flash drive and tap into and link the data and sources available to anyone interested in using Family Search/Family Tree with assistance for obtaining access to Family Search if needed.  But unlike Family Search, RootsMagic is your own private data base allowing you to have control over what information you choose to included and what part of that information you may want to share.  We will go over the basic features of the program including:  logging in, starting and naming files, finding and adding people, data entry and editing, navigating tabs and views, and of course, how to back up and share your files.  This class is open to anyone interested in researching and saving Family History.


Advanced Roots Magic


There are tweeks and tricks in advanced RootsMagic that will help you organize a family reunion, print out data sheets to find what might be missing in a person’s life information, sheets to find who was living in a particular area and time, color code direct ancestors, add photos and documents, merge options, gazetteer, internet tools for sharing and searching and publishing.  You can also print out Reports:  narrative, custom, individual summary, Family Group Sheets, Pedigree charts and others.  We will go over some of these and introduce you to others and as always there are no dumb questions.  RootsMagic is a wonderful programs that does more than just store data.  It also lets you do things with that information in many different ways that are helpful to really personalize “your” files.


WIKI Training


Have you heard of Wikipedia? Well familysearch has created a resource guide to help you find what information is available in the place you are looking for your ancestor called simply the WIKI.

I can look for the state or country or county my ancestor lived in and see what the church recommends for finding a record about my ancestor. Can it really be this simple? They have had these as printed guides for many years, but now because the collections online change so quickly they have created a site where you can go to see the latest and greatest information about, well almost anything genealogy oriented. We have 21 computers available for you to start learning what is available for you to find that hidden record about your ancestor. Come join in our workshop after the class.


Research Basics

Research Basics

Learning how to do research is not a difficult task these days. Familytree has many hints already to attach to your ancestor. Make sure it is the correct record for your family.
Going beyond what family search gives you, you will learn what information to look for on a record, especially those easier ones like census records. Learn to glean the most you can from looking at the original record, not just an indexed record. Did you know they don’t index everything that might be important to you? We have staff on hand to help you practice what you learn today.


England and Wales Research-After 1837

The basis of research after 1837 includes extensive use of the 1841 – 1911 census records, civil registration records and index of births, marriages, and deaths from 1837 forward (years of availability vary for each group of records), and use of the newly available GRO (General Register’s Office) records. In addition, the church records of the Church of England including parish maps and non-conformist denominations are a valuable source of information for your English and Welsh families. the General Probate Registry beginning in 1859 is another valuable resource. Come and learn how to find and use these great resources, many of which are now available at no charge by using online records. Search strategies will be also presented.



American Ancestors

American Ancestors


The New England Genealogical Society have joined with Familysearch and LDS members can have free access to their site. They named their web site “American Ancestors.”
We will be showing a webinar to learn how to use the site to our advantage. They have many early American records that are not available anywhere else.
This is one of the perks that familysearch is giving to us for doing our work. Come and learn how to use this new site. I am very excited to learn to find more documents about my early American ancestors.



Norwegian Research:

Norway CountiesTwo Norwegian Research classes are offered:  Part 1 and Part 2.  It is strongly recommended that both classes are attended in order.  The material is not duplicated.  There will be both instruction and “hands on computer” time plus handouts and worksheets.  The instructor will be Barbara Waagen for both classes.
Part 1:  Topics covered include:  A brief history of Norway, geography and land divisions, helps to “cross the pond” using USA immigration records and Norway emigration records.  Also discussed will be handwriting helps for confidence in reading the original records, and naming customs. Learn how to use the Wiki in FamilySearch as a resource. Learn how to access Norwegian Church records for FREE.


Norwegian FlagPart 2:  This section is designed to utilize the information from Part 1 in compiling an actual family.  Topics covered in Part 2 include: A research process guide, a key word list, calculating actual dates from feast dates, hints for using farm histories and census records, and using Norwegian parish records including birth/christening, marriage, license and banns, and death/burials.  Students will be challenged to complete a prepared research project in the actual parish records using a real family for experience to find all children in the family and parents.


Swedish Research

Swedish Research:  Two Swedish Research classes are offered-Part 1 and Part 2.  It is strongly recommended that both classes are attended in order.  The material is not duplicated.  There will be both instruction and computer “hands on” time plus handouts and worksheets.







Part 1  The topics covered include; a Brief History of Sweden, Geography and land divisions, key words you must know, helps to “cross the pond” back to Sweden, naming customs, and three ways to access the Swedish Church Records for FREE.  A practice exercise including some handwriting helps will also be included.

Part 2 The topics covered include: Using the Wiki in FamilySearch, Maps are a must, using birth, christening, banns, marriage, death and burial records and why you need them, the importance of Clerical Surveys plus hints for using them, and how to convert Feast Dates to Calendar Dates. Finally, you will learn the research process using all of these free records to compile a real family.