General Classes at the CenterA Description of Each Class
Family Tree Training Class #1
Learn to Navigate in Family Tree; View 4 different charts Landscape, Portrait, Fan and Descendency. Learn the difference between a Summary Card, and a Detail Page. Learn how to standardize dates and places to conform with Family Search standards; Learn how to find Duplicates and Merge them. Learn how to find your cousins; using Puzzilla and Family Tree. Review status and legend for Temple Ordinances, learn how to print an “FOR” or Family Ordinance Request form to take to the Temple.
Family Tree Training Class #2
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. Adding sources is also very important to verify who the person is. You will learn how to add sources from Family Tree and also from other websites. Learn about the subscription websites that are free at the Family History Centers. Learn how to use the Library Catalog that is located at the Salt Lake City Family History Library, from your own computer. Learn how to sign up and access the 4 Partner websites at no charge, Ancestry.com, FindMyPast, myheritage, and American Ancestors.
FAMILY TREE ADVANCED #3
Are you finding duplicates? Are you finding more than one set of parents? Do you know how to un-link children from duplicate parents? Why am I not finding duplicates at first? Do you know how to merge? Or unmerge? What if you need the number of someone that you already merged? Do you really check the hints for sources to make sure that it is for your relative. Do you look for people before adding them? Computers make mistakes too! Did you find a female relative under her married name, and don’t know her maiden name? Are you really making sure you have as much information like maiden names before you “request temple ordinances be done?” Bring your situations to the class. Let us help you!
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.
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.
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.
Finding ancestors in church records. Using census records to find a birth place. Using maps in England, WIKI and surrounding areas for research. Learn about Vital Records, how they were stored, how to find a marriage etc.
Two 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.
Part 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: 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. The instructor will be Barbara Waagen for both classes.
Part 1 The topics covered include; a Brief History of Sweden, Geography and land divisions, Handwriting helps for confidence in reading the original records, naming customs, helps to “cross the pond” both emigration records (leaving Sweden) and Immigration records (entering the United states), types of useful records, and three ways to access Swedish church records for FREE.
Part 2 is designed to utilize the information from Part 1 in compiling an actual family. The topics covered in Part 2 include; a Research Process guide, using the Wiki in FamilySearch as a Resource, a key word list, calculating actual dates from feast dates, hints for using the Household Examination (Clerical Surveys) and using Swedish Parish records (Births/Christening, Marriage/Licenses/Banns, & Death/Burial), a research project in the actual free records using a real family for experience to find all children, parents, birth, death and marriage records.
This 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:
Beginner: 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.
Intermediate: 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.
Advanced: 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, though some are titled intermediate and advanced, are really just the beginning of what can be learned. Handouts will be given so the student only need listen, then practice.
Scanning Photos & Documents
Before 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.
This 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?
How so I know if they are my family or not? Finding proof!
I have prepared a lesson on one family that has such multiple problems. You will be able to see the ways to correct and know if it is your family or not. As we find names to take to the temple we need to be cleaning up our files so no one else makes the same mistakes again. Some research involved, but mostly removing relationships that do not belong and making sure everyone is connected to the right father, mother, wife and children.
You can become the family historian!
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.
You can now index on your tablets or other mobile devices. No downloads required! Come learn the new program.
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.