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.


Basic Computer:

computerThis class is not teaching about genealogy and how it is done, but is designed to help those who are just learning about computers and how they work. It comes in 3 parts:

Basic Computer #1:  You will learn basic computer language for use of the computer.  There is class instruction for 30 to 40 minutes,   and class time on a computer to practice using the knowledge gained in this first class.

Basic Computer #2: We look at word processors and their function.  We talk about the kinds of word processor there are and their differences. We learn how to create documents and folders and how to join them.

Basic Computer #3:  We take an in-depth look at the things you can do with the word processor to make the documents you produce come to life.

All of these classes  are really just the beginning of what can be learned. Handouts will be given so the student only need listen, then practice.


Decendancy Research:


Would you like to do more temple work in your own family?
Do you need temple names for youth to do?
Learn how to find cousins that are related to you and qualify them for temple work.
The LDS church’s familytree is giving you lots of hints to find such cousins. is an app that also helps to find ends of lines that have not been found yet.
Come and learn how to research or attach sources so the work can be done by you!




Scanning Photos & Documents

hp-scanjet- photo-scanner thumbnail-image-shashinkan-rakuten-co-jpBefore you can upload your pictures or documents to your flash drive or to Family Search, they must be digitized. This class will teach you how to use the scanners at the Center to digitize your material, including slides and negatives. You will also learn how to scan a book, or multi-page document.

Photo Repair:

1024px-The_GIMP_icon_-_gnome.svgThis class will use the program GIMP for the class.  While it is an extensive photo shop program, we will be focusing on the tools in the program that will allow a person to take out blemishes in the photo, or repair rips and tears or folds in the picture.  For pictures that have white spots in it, we will show how to remove the unwanted white areas so the picture has more appeal.

It is important that you bring to the class a photo you would like to have repaired.  This picture must already be scanned and put into a flash drive so we don’t have to spend additional time doing that before you can practice on what you have learned in the class.  At least half of the class will be spent on a computer allowing you to work on the picture you brought with you

Match and Merge Class:

Do you find duplicates in your life? Are there wives, children or duplicate parents you don’t recognize? Being able to find and merge duplicate records will help avoid duplicate temple work, but can also help solve some problems in your family tree.

How do I know if they are my family or not? Finding proof!




Family Search Indexing makes the records of our ancestors freely searchable online. Indexing is vital to temple and family history work because it helps “fuel the find;” through indexed records, more and more people are now able to find their missing family members and add them to their family trees so they can perform temple ordinances on their behalf.

Web Indexing:

You can now index on your tablets or other mobile devices. No downloads required! Come learn the new program.

Desktop Indexing:

There will be something for both beginning and experienced Indexers.

Arbitration and Peer Review:  Family Search Indexing needs arbitrators and indexers to do Peer Review. Records can’t be published on line until after they have been “double checked”. Batches are typically indexed by two indexers. Arbitration is the process of reconciling any differences in the results, based on the arbitrator’s knowledge of the types of records and the project instructions. “Peer review” has taken the place of arbitration in the Web indexing program. It helps speed the time it takes to publish the final index. It will be given to all volunteers once they have indexed 1,000 records.

Danish Genealogy




Teacher: Vibeke Lindhardt


I was born in Copenhagen, Denmark and speak and write Danish. I hope I can help you!

I have found that with the Danish genealogy it works best with “one-on-one” if you really want to get anywhere with your search in the Danish church and census records.

the one-on-one approach will mostly be geared to your goals and what you want to accomplish.


To set an appointment to meet at the Hurricane Family History Center, you can either email or call me.  —  435-635-0824

Apps Gallery

Teacher: Haddox

There are over 100 apps to be found in the App Gallery. In this class we learn how to get into the App Gallery and how to move around in it to find the app you are looking for. A PowerPoint has been created to demonstrate this. However, I find it much more beneficial to make this class interactive and to demonstrate online how to do this.

I have identified nine apps I like to demonstrate for the class. They are (the category is noted parenthetically):

HistoryLines (Charts)

Scrambled Tree Game (Games)

Match Game (Games)

Geneapardy (Games)

Kinpoint (Photos and Stories)

Find-A-Record (Research Assistance)

Relative Finder (Specialty)

Rootsmapper (found online)

Relatives Around Me (found on phone)


U. S. Military Records

Teacher: Erdmann

Military records are found in many places on the internet from 1785 to the Vietnam war. I explain how to find specific records on different web sites, and how to google unusual records, like Loyalists. Pension files and how to order them, are so important and you can find much information on other members of the serviceman’s family, where they lived and may have traveled. Death records can be found as well as marriage dates and place. Some also explain what they did in the service, and where they served. Women served or fought along side their husbands. How do you find them?


Write Your Own History

Teacher: Goulding