Classes from our November 8th Seminar

Please call 916-487-2090 to reserve a place in a class


I’ve Done the Census, Now What? - Glenda Lloyd –  Tues Nov 11th 10:00

Learn how to take scanned photos that are faded, torn, stained or have other damage and restore them using 6 easy to use tools in Adobe PhotoShop Elements.

Obituaries – Glenda Lloyd –  Tues Nov 18th 10:00

Obituaries can be a goldmine of information– clarifying family relationships, giving clues to

migration, pinpointing place of burial and leading the researcher to living relatives.

Creating a Personal Timeline  -  Marian Kile –  Wed Nov 12th 2:00

Wouldn’t it be great to have an overview of the many events of your life? This class will teach us how we can capture this using Microsoft Word. We can do it for our life or for the lives of other important people in our family. This can be used as a standalone document or as an attachment to other family history stories.

Digital Touchup of Photos and Documents – Adobe Photoshop - Linda Todd Thurs Nov 13th 1:00

Learn how to take scanned photos that are faded, torn, stained or have other damage and restore them using 6 easy to use tools in Adobe PhotoShop Elements.

Introduction to - Maurine Nuttall Tues Nov 18th 11:00

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 Nov 19th 7:00

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. – Filtering for Better Results - Tammy Noe Wed Dec 17th 7:00

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.

Cousin Finding - Tim Fewkes Tues Dec 2nd 2:00

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

Speech to Text –  Microsoft and Dragon - Tim Fewkes Tues Dec 9th 2:00

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.

Historic Map Works & Ani MapGordon Orchard Wed Dec 3rd 2:00 and 7:00

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.

Solving the Most Common Family History Mysteries Online - Jim Baker Thurs Dec 4th 3:00

This presentation discusses the best methods of handling four common family history mysteries that create major research problems: (1) strategies for finding correct given and surnames while dealing with nicknames, “Americanized” and shortened names, and other naming problems; (2) getting correct birth/marriage/death data when dealing with questionable data, (3) working with conflicting evidence, and (4) proving or disproving family myths. Emphasis is placed on using free internet sources to collect the needed data.

Using Online Data to Find the Challenging Early 1800′s US Data - Jim Baker Thurs Dec 11th 3:00

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.

Facebook for Genealogists - Marna Ambroselli Tues Dec 9th 10:00

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.

E Books on the Internet - Lynn Brown  Dec 14th 2:00

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 2:00

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.

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 Dec 4th 2:00

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.

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


  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




Thurs Oct 2nd, 2:00,        Thurs. Nov. 6th 2:00,    Thurs. Dec. 4th 2:00

Taught by Karen Stubbs



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Scanning and Adding Photos

Every Tuesday 6:00 pm



Taught by Elder Hendrickson