Free Public Classes

E Books on the Internet - Lynn Brown,Mon Dec 15th 2pm

Class covers ways to on how to use ebooks to enhance your genealogy research. Learn about eBook file conversions and how to share ebooks on different reading devices. Coverage sites include Library of Congress, Google, Amazon, and

U.S. Military Research - Lynn Brown, Wed Dec 17th 2pm

This class presents a general overview to evaluating and determining where and how to obtain records and history information of the US Armed Forces and their Supportive civilian elements. We will look at Federal and State Militias, Mariners, Civilian Groups types of records available, alternative methods of finding and locating records, and a review of various Archive and internet research sites and resources. – Filtering for Better Results - Tammy Noe, Wed Dec 17th 7pm & Wed January 28th 7 pm

Getting millions of results from a search on is only fun once, before you realize that most of them don’t make any sense at all. Knowing how to filter on is the key to having better results. Learn where, how, when to filter. 

What’s New In FamilySearch – Laurie Markham, Tues Jan 6th 2pm and Fri Jan 30th 10am

Tracking Name Changes - Kathryn Marshall, Wed Jan 7th 2:00

The usual tactics for dealing with name variants, typos, transcription errors, and mis-hearing of names by census enumerators may not help your search when names have been changed intentionally. Forbidden romance, adoption, debts, criminal records, avoiding military service, religious persecution, and national quotas have been common motives for changing one’s name. Learning how to problem solve about elusive ancestors, resolve contradictory claims about family lines, and recognize if a same-named individual is part of your family line will help identify those whose names may otherwise go unrecognized.

Uncovering Your War of 1812 Ancestors - Kathryn Marshall, Wed Jan 7th 6:00

War of 1812 records offer an unparalleled way to find detailed information on pre-1850s individuals. All adult males in the US were required to register for the war. Readily available online records cover an extraordinary range of Americans, Canadians, and British — from impressed seamen to those on prison ships, repatriated colonists and exchanged prisoners, families who provided supplies or transported freight, as well as those who actually fought. Physical descriptions, personality, and family connections were described in discharge papers to prevent identity theft.

Adding Memories to - Karen Stubbs, Thurs Jan 8th 2 pm

This class will cover the basics of uploading photos and documents and sharing them. Most people are very surprised by what they find already in the Family Tree.

Historic Map Works & Ani Map - Gordon Orchard, Sat Jan 10th 10am & Fri Jan 16th at 10 am

Historic Map Works Library Edition – is one of the most extensive digital map collections available. Learn about cadastral maps and how they can help you find your 17 and 18 century relatives. Why did our library give it’s maps to this website? We will explore other internet map sites. Why are maps such an aid to the researcher? We will also show how Google maps can be a help in doing family history. You will get a preview of AniMap, a wonderful program for letting you know what the boundaries for states and counties were at any given time in the United States.

Cousin Finding - Tim Fewkes, Tues Jan 13th 2 pm

Can find cousins who are contemporary with us and get in contact with them and enjoy the friendship, combined research, and family connection of a new cousin. We can discover famous cousins and increase the knowledge of our family that way too, or just enjoy seeing all the new surnames and family connections that we are related to by marriage.
During this class we will explore:

1. A Brigham Young University site for finding well known relatives
3. Family Search

4. Ancestry.Com 5. Ancestry DNA 6. Newspapers
7. Obituaries

8. Finding Cousins through research

Introduction to - Maurine Nuttall, Wed  Jan14th 10 am 

This class is an introduction to the website “Findmypast” a privately held UK-based online genealogy service. The first company in the world to make the complete birth, marriage, and death indexes for England and Wales available online, the site currently has a wide variety of census, directory and historical record information available from across the English- speaking world. FindMyPast offers more than 1.7 billion international family history records from the U.S., Canada, UK, Australia, New Zealand and beyond, with new collections being added every month. More than 1,000 collections are found only on, including collections from the British Newspaper Archives; parish records from England and Wales; passenger lists of ships leaving the UK 1890-1960 to the U.S., Canada and Australia; British Army Records; and rapidly expanding U.S. and Canadian records and newspaper collections covering 21 countries, all 50 U.S. states and Canada. Special emphasis will be given in this introductory class to newspaper collections and other unique record sets that provide windows into the past and a wealth of depth and color to your family tree. – How Smart is it?  - Tammy Noe, Wed Jan 14 7pm

MyHeritage is a powerful site for searching and matching. Just load your tree and watch MyHeritage go to work for you. Come learn how to use the Family Tree, the Family Website, SuperSearch, Smart Matches, and Record Matches.

Speech to Text –  Microsoft and Dragon - Tim Fewkes Tues Jan 20th 2pm

During this class we will discuss and demonstrate individually and in comparison two applications that can turn our talking into text. Microsoft Speech to Text and Dragon Naturally Speaking. The Microsoft application is included with Windows 7 and 8 operating system and works quite well. The Dragon Naturally Speaking app needs to be purchased but does have some possible advantages over the Microsoft application. Come and find out which one may be for you.


  Lynn Brown – PowerPoint Workshops for Beginner  

Wed Jan 21st  from 10:00 – 1:00

Class is repeated – 2:00 – 5:00

1. Principles of preparing a presentation using PowerPoint as a presentation tool

2. Do’s and don’ts of a PowerPoint Presentation

3. Design concepts to preparing an effective PowerPoint Presentation

4. Introduction Using Microsoft PowerPoint 2010 basic tool

 5.  Making your first PP presentation – Hands on exercises in creating a simple presentation

 6. Use of tools, visual effects, fonts, color, effects, image capturing

 7. Each student will create a mini-presentation of their own

Recommended for Beginners


Using Online Data to Find the Challenging Early 1800′s US Data - Jim Baker, Thurs Jan 22nd 3 pm

This presentation describes the best record types for finding early 1800′s US genealogy data.
Case studies are presented to demonstrate the use of these different record types to trace families backward in time from IL through IN, OH, NY, NJ, and MA. Key online sources include newspapers, historical books, property records, military records, and city directories.

Descendency Research – Tim Fewkes – Tues Jan 27th 2 pm

Facebook for Genealogists - Marna Ambroselli, Jan

This class will help you connect with people researching similar areas, families, or problems as well as give some alternate ideas for finding the elusive ancestor.


2:00 pm  -  The first and second Monday of each month, Kori Pilkington will give a class on the use of the – Wiki  This is a great resource for finding information on the area that you think your ancestors came from.

The 2nd Wednesday of each month, 1:00 pm

Rootsmagic users group / Lynn Brown


Ward Family History Consultant training 

2nd Tuesday and Thursday each month 6:00 – 8:00 pm


Scanning and Adding Photos

Every Tuesday 6:00 pm



Taught by Doug Hendrickson



FamilySearch Tree to Temple 

2nd Tuesday each month at 10 am

This class is for members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. It covers the Temple ordinance portion of Family Tree.

1: Navigating through Temple Ordinances

2: How to generate a Family Ordinance form.

3: Church policies: When can they be done, who is eligible to their ordinances performed, etc.

4: Finding people who are ready for their temple ordinances to be performed

5: Everyone attending will need a sign on and password for family tree, it is the same as the one used for LDS.ORG

6: By the end of class you will have a Family Ordinance request for your ancestors to take to the Temple.


Taught by John Hansen