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Courses

DNA Basics

Can DNA testing solve my brick wall? Will it tell me who my ancestors are? Learn the answers to these questions and more. Learn the types of DNA testing, how they differ, and how to order a test.

Presenter: Lisa McCullough

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Ancestor Detectives: Using Ancestry.com

Presenter: Darlene Pyeatt

My Experiences in German Family Research

This is a 2-hour presentation. Learn from the presenter's own experiences with German research and resources he's discovered. This is a great introduction to German research.

Presenter: Fred H. Held

FamilySearch Indexing

You can help preserve and share the world's precious genealogical records in your spare time and help create searchable digital indexes for scanned images of historical documents and making them available to researchers world-wide. This presentation is designed to show you the nuts and bolts of indexing. Feel good about how you spend some of your spare time.

Presenter: Cherie Pacheco and Doug Stott

Getting Started with Family History

Perhaps you have acquired a recent interest in genealogy, but are unsure of how or where to begin. Learn how to get started and common mistakes to avoid.

Presenter: Sherry Burns

Getting the Most of Your Autosomal DNA Test Results

What do your results mean? What do you do with them? Learn how to interpret your DNA test results and plan a course for your next steps in managing your DNA matches and how they can be used to verify your genealogy.

Presenter: Lisa McCullough

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Of Migrations and Blessings: Additional Resources for LDS Ancestors

Learn to use the Mormon Migration website and Patriarchal Blessings from LDS.org to round out the stories of your ancestors.

Presenter: John Schneider

Basic Research

Presenter: Sherry Burns

Pedigree Mystery

This class isn't your normal family history session! Come join us for this hands-on, genealogy mystery to piece together the life of a deceased family and the clues they left behind. By the end, you'll have your family history sleuthing skills mastered.

Presenter: Hannah Z Allan

Family Search: Tips, Tricks and Tactics

This class on FamilySearch will cover some or all of the following: How to become the "master" of your own ancestors; Tricks to make searching easier and more accurate; How to find hidden images and sources; How to sync, link and utilize associated products; How to ensure the names we reserve are not duplicates and how to merge duplicates; and How to maximize the value of Descendancy View. This class is geared toward LDS members but anyone is welcome.

Presenter: Jim Bowden

Getting Ready to Check Out: End of Life Planning

What planning do you need to do to make it possible for your loved ones to easily get through the paperwork after you or another loved one has passed?

Presenter: Leslie Brinkley Lawson, Forensic Genealogist Credentialed, CAFG, APG

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Exploring Geneanet

Geneanet is a treasure that is available at your local Family History Center on the Portal. Geneanet contains family trees and a variety of records. Geneanet's indexed, digitized collections -- more than 700,000 of them -- span the globe. Many of these are unique collections, not duplicated on other major genealogical websites.

Presenter: Tom O'Brien

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U.S. Land Records: The Public Land States, or Homage to the Square

An introduction to public land states and the Public Land Survey System, a uniquely American creation. When you discover that your great grandfather owned the NE1/4, Sec. 5, T3W, R12E of the 6th P.M., understand what it means. Learn how land records can solve genealogical problems.

Presenter: Darlene Pyeatt

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Voting Records: Genealogy's Best Kept Secret

Looking for a date of birth or death? The date and court of naturalization? Where your ancestor disappeared to, or where he came from? His political outlook? Even what kind of house he lived in? Voting records may have the answer. These often-overlooked gems can be packed with genealogical information, and you won't believe what they can tell us about our ancestors!

Presenter: Pam Vestal

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Search & Rescue: How to Improve Your Searching & Analysis

You may know where to search for a genealogy record, but not how to search for it. This class will provide detailed tricks and methodology how-to's in order to find the information and records you are looking for. We will cover how to effectively use online search engines and databases and how to analyze and draw clues out of the information you have.

Presenter: Hannah Z Allan

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Getting from Then to Now: Locating People in the Last Century

Learn skills to help you find those missing people in the last century. How to reassemble their lives; figure out where they went and where their children are today. We'll touch on databases available on the Internet, as well as other reference sources to help you find your way.

Presenter: Leslie Binkley Lawson, Forensic Genealogist Credentialed, CAFG, APG

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Using FamilySearch Records That Were Previously Microfilmed

Hundreds of thousands of additional records are added each week to the FamilySearch.org website. Researchers however don't seem to know how to get to the millions of records that have been digitized. Many have not learned how to search and find the large percentage of digitized records that are available to us at home or the local Family History Center. Only a very small percentage of the records have been indexed, but they are certainly available for viewing if one understands how to find them. This class will assist in learning how to access these records.

Presenter: Tom O'Brien

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Life Sketches: A Shortcut to Personal and Ancestor Histories

There are times where your personal history or the history of a beloved relative or ancestor seems like too much to handle. Like an artist who can't seem to start a painting, we get overwhelmed and give up. However, just like a painting, a history can start with a sketch and those sketches are valuable in their own right. They may turn into something more, but if they don't, they are far better than a blank page. Come learn how to put together a 4-8 page sketch of a life.

Presenter: Megan Wright

Beyond Names and Dates: Filling in the Stories of Our Female Ancestors

Names, dates, and places are the stock-in-trade of genealogy, but they often conjure up little more than the skeletal framework of an ancestor, and when it comes to our female ancestors, even those details are often missing. For most of recorded time, women didn't leave much of a paper trail. Nonetheless, these ancestors were as fully-fledged as anyone we know today, and it is up to us to find ways to tell their stories. We'll look at ways in which local history, laws, politics, natural disasters, probate inventories and other resources can help.

Presenter: Pam Vestal

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Obituaries: Where to Find Them and Where They Lead Us

Obituaries are a gold mine for a genealogist, but finding them can be challenging. Come learn where to find these micro biographies, discover what we can glean from them, and talk about where to go from there.

Presenter: Megan Wright

Finding Ancestors in Passenger Lists

Presenter: Darlene Pyeatt

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Google It: Getting More from Internet Searches

Improve internet search results by using simple steps and tools you'll learn in this presentation, such as search strings, expanding search strings, and clustered searching.

Presenter: Cherie Pacheco

FamilySearch Nooks and Crannies

We will discuss a part of the LDS FamilySearch website then execise it using the families you are researching.

Presenter: Fred H. Held

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