Mesa Az FamilySearch Library

Glendale Stake Center
CLASS CHOICES WITH DESCRIPTION AND HANDOUTS

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9:55 AM - 10:55 AM
CLASS TITLE CLASS DESCRIPTION PRESENTER NAMES HANDOUTS
FamilySearch WIKI: The Most Valuable Resource for Family History Research Wiki is a comprehensive resource for family history research. Informative and interesting, Wiki is filled with guides, facts, explanations on how to do and where to find what you are seeking, historical and current information, maps, forms for logging research, Internet links to thousands of other resources, and more! Because it is so comprehensive Wiki is referred to by seasoned genealogists as the most valuable resource relating to family history research. Carma Lee Ellingson 2017/GSC/CARMA ELLINGSON Wiki-Resource Handout.pdf
Indexing - exceeding expectations from the beginning Indexing can be really fun when one is informed at the beginning. Many people have heard of Indexing, some just start on their own and find out later they could have been more effective had they accessed other helps available when they began. When friends started asking questions, it would have been nice to have more definitive answers. Bette Scott 2017/GSC/Handouts/GSC BETTE SCOTT Handouts.pdf
MyHeritage.com This online genealogy database has one of the best searching algorithms in the industry.  This class will help you become familiar with the record collections, record searching, and record matching capabilities within the millions of records in this website as well as other important features they offer.  You will learn about the "Record Detective" and its powerful search technology.  This website adds  incredible depth to your research and connects you with "cousins" all around the world. Jeanne Koniuszy 2017.GSC/Handouts/JEANNE KONUISZY My Heritage.pdf
Using the Internet from Home This class is intended to present tools and websites that can be used from home 24/7 to do US research. The user can find much of the desired information for free. If desired, there are a couple of subscription sites that may aid in the research. There are over 300,000 websites on the internet that can be helpful, but it only takes a few to get results. Charles Shults 2017/GSC/Charles.Shults/Using.Internet.Handout.pdf
Using Civil War Records in your Family Research Part1 Come learn how to determine if your ancestor served in the Union or Confederate military during the Civil War.  You will be introduced to various data bases on the internet with easy access to military records for individual soldiers and sailors.  Many of the same data bases will have regimental histories as well. Once the raw records are found, you will be shown how to turn the records into a story that will make your ancestor into a real person and not just a name in a book.  You will see copies of original records with signatures and some pictures from the past.  Find out where your ancestor was on a month to month basis.  What battles was he in? Was he wounded, sick or captured?  If captured, what prison was he sent to?  Did he survive the war?  If not, where did he die?  All of these questions can be answered with the records that are available. Robert Massey 2017/GSC/ROBERT MASSEY/Civil.War.Records. handout.pdf
Beginning Your Genealogy--Be Smart, Be Efficient, Save Time Start your exciting genealogy journey correctly:  save time by getting organized and talking to family members; be efficient using technology and personal database programs; learn to use existing internet websites for maximum effectiveness; and stay on track using a Research log. Bette Hilner 2017/GSCHandouts/Beg.FH-Be.Smart.be.efficient.save.time.pdf
 England - Let's Get Started Learn the kinds of records available to find ancestors in England and Wales: Census, Civil Registration, Church and Probate.  Also discussed are several websites that offer records online. Denise Crawford 2017.GSC.DENISE.CRAWFORD-England.lesson.handout.pdf
11:05 AM - 12:05 AM
CLASS TITLE CLASS DESCRIPTION PRESENTER NAMES HANDOUTS
German Research This class provides the basic requirements to begin your research, what background information is critical to a successful search and where it can all be sourced.  We will look at the multiplicity of German record sources and how they can be found and utilized for a successful search. Steve Packer 2017.GSC.German.Research.Handout
Indexing Made Easier "Indexing made easier" is a class to help indexers with basic indexing skills.   There will be tips and short cuts that make indexing faster and easier in a variety of different records. Pat Badger 2017/GSC/ BADGER.Indexing.Handout.pdf
Using U. S. Probate Records in Family History Probate Records are the very best records for proving ancestry. Beginners learn what is probate, what types of documents may be included in a probate, and how to use them. Probate is much more than a will. Examples are used to illustrate in this class. Land and probate records are essential in United States research. The probate class is independent from the land class. LeRoy Atkins 2017.GSC.LEROY.ATKINS.Probate.Handout.rev.pdf
FamilySearch Memories, Secure Online Storage Go on a tour of the new Memories Gallery and learn fun tips and tricks to adding your own memories to FamilySearch. Learn how to use it as a “dropbox” of secure memories for the living and how using the FIND feature is fun! Peggy Ash 2017.GSC.PEGGY ASH FamilySearch Memories SOS.Handout.pdf
Using “Ancestry" and “FamilySearch” Together to Improve our Family Tree The class first describes various approaches and helps to improve our searching efforts to find our ancestor-cousins.  The class then presents how to use “Ancestry” (ancestry.com) together with “FamilySearch” (familysearch.org) to find our ancestor-cousins and to use sources to help achieve a complete and accurate family tree. Alan Griffin 2017.GSC.Using.Ancestry.and.FamilySearch.together.Handout
The Family History Guide The Family History Guide is a website that represents a best-in-class learning environment for family history. Its scope is broad, but its focus is narrow enough to help you achieve your goals, step by step. Whether you're brand new to family history or a seasoned researcher—or somewhere in between—The Family History Guide can be your difference maker. Carol Madsen 2017/GSC/Handouts/CAROL MADSEN theFHGuide handout.pdf
Writing about Family Members, Places, and Events How to get started writing about family members, events, and places. Duane Roen will discuss the family experiences that offer rich material for writing and will share strategies for beginning the process, including an easy hands-on activity that will get participants writing about a memorable family member, place, or event (so please bring paper and pen or laptop).  Participants will respond in writing to a series of questions designed to generate concrete details about family stories. After recording these details, participants will be invited to share their writing with the group. In turn, the group will be encouraged to offer constructive feedback that will help writers develop their writing further. Dr. Duane Roen 2017.GSC.DUANE.ROEN.CLASS.HANDOUT Workshop-person-place-event.pdf
12:15 PM - 1:00 PM ***LUNCH***
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
CLASS TITLE CLASS DESCRIPTION PRESENTER NAMES HANDOUTS
But Isn't Everything On-Line? Family History Research in State Archives Family history researchers have access to unprecedented numbers of on-line digitized records. However, there are hundreds of kinds of records that FamilySearch, ancestry.com and others do not digitize.  Many of these non-digitized records reside in state archives and  are often the records that help break down those proverbial  brick walls. This presentation discusses the kinds of records you will find in  state archives throughout the United States. Dr. Melanie Sturgeon 2017.GSC.MELANIE.STURGEON.HANDOUT.FAMILY HISTORY.RESEARCH.IN.Az.STATE.ARCHIVES.pdf
Faith of our Fathers: Church Resources in Genealogy This presentation gives a basic overview of Church records for genealogists, including understanding denominations, church history, records, resources and unique research facilities. Robert Wilbanks, IV 2017.GSC.R.M.ROBERT.WILBANKS.Handout.Church Records.pdf
Researching Your Canadian Ancestors Learn a little of the background of Canada to help you look for the records and where to find them.

Library and Archives Canada (LAC) new updated databases. LAC is transforming and relocating its regional offices in Vancouver, Winnipeg and Halifax to better mirror the services available in Ottawa. Use their Ask Us A Genealogy Question form on their website for every province and territory in Canada.
Laverne Aitchison 2017/GSC/Handouts/2017 GSC LAVERNE AITCHISON Researching Your Canadian Ancestors Handout.pdf
Using Civil War Records in your Family Research Part 2 Come learn how to determine if your ancestor served in the Union or Confederate military during the Civil War.  You will be introduced to various data bases on the internet with easy access to military records for individual soldiers and sailors.  Many of the same data bases will have regimental histories as well. Once the raw records are found, you will be shown how to turn the records into a story that will make your ancestor into a real person and not just a name in a book.  You will see copies of original records with signatures and some pictures from the past.  Find out where your ancestor was on a month to month basis.  What battles was he in? Was he wounded, sick or captured?  If captured, what prison was he sent to?  Did he survive the war?  If not, where did he die?  All of these questions can be answered with the records that are available. Robert Massey 2017.GSC.Robert.Massey.Using.Civil.War.Records.Handout
RootsMagic 7 Websearch Learn how RootsMagic searches your favorite genealogy record sites including FamilySearch, FindMyPast, MyHeritage and other websites for possible matches to your data.   RootsMagic searches people from the information in your database.  You will be able to add source information and add a link to that website to the currently selected person. Carol Madsen 2017/GSC/Handouts/CAROL.MADSEN RootsMagic websearch handout.pdf
Find A Grave .com There are currently 154 Million burial memorials on FindaGrave and partial listings of these memorials in 250,000 cemeteries.  Learn to submit, edit, and link burial memorials on the website.  Also learn to use FindaGrave in your FAMILY  history research. Jeanne Koniuszy
2017.GSC.JEANNE KONUISZY.FindAGrave.com.Handout.pdf
Using the Mesa FamilySearch Library Website for your Research

Objective:  Provide family history resources to assist in finding your ancestors in many different countries.  Provide Vital Records resources for each state in the United States.  

First we will start with the Home Page of the Website and how to use it to navigate to other resources. Most of the class is using the internet.  We will begin by understanding how the home page is organized.

  1. Resources for folks who are just beginning to do their research.

  2. General Resources for favorites, using the FamilySearch Wiki as a resource and websites listed by category.

  3. Resources for US and International

  4. US by state Vital Records

Finally, resources for training yourself on most of the systems you will be using.  Also we will look at Various countries Quick Starts, which is a detailed description of what is available in that country.
Jean Wharton 2017.GSC.Wharton-MesaFSL.Website.Handout.pdf
2017.GSC.Wharton-MesaFSL.Website.Presentation.pdf
2:10 PM - 3:10 PM
CLASS TITLE CLASS DESCRIPTION PRESENTER NAMES HANDOUTS
Immigration and Naturalization  This class is designed to give the history of the waves of immigrants that came to the United States during specific periods and the ports where they may have arrived. We will highlight the sources of information both on-line and in books.

We will look at the Naturalization laws and where the records of naturalization may be found, on-line and in the archives.
Steve Packer 2017/GSC/Steve.Packer-Immigration.and.Naturalization.pdf
FamilySearch Basics The goal of this class is for you to leave feeling comfortable with the FamilySearch.org website and confident you can use it to your benefit.The basics of this fantastic website will be covered. You will become familiar with what the site contains, learn how to navigate within the site, learn where to find answers to questions about how to do or find something, and learn how to figure things out on your own. Carma Lee Ellingson 2017/GSC/CARMA ELLINGSON FamilySearch Basics Handout.pdf
DNA, Breaking Brick Walls Did you take a DNA test and get results, and then do little with your results? Find out many ways to use your results! You will be amazed at the power of DNA to solve research questions, and extend your family circle. This class will be especially helpful for those who were adopted and would like to build a biological tree for additional heritage. McKell Keeney 2017/GSC/Handouts/McKELL.DNA.Detectives.Chart.(color).by.Christa.Stalcup.pdf
2017/GSC/Handouts/McKELL-shared.cM.Project.v2.updated.pdf
MyExpo/Conference2017/GSC/Handouts/McKell KEENEY DNA 2 What to do with results handout.pdf

MyExpo/Conference2017/GSC/Handouts/DNA PDF 4-What to do with your test results.pdf
MyExpo/Conference2017/GSC/Handouts/DNA PDF 5 w_out photographs (1).pdf
Making Your Own Family History: Daily Journal Writing How are you making history? Duane Roen will discuss keeping a diary or journal to record and reflect on our daily activities. Duane will begin the session by talking about the daily journal that he has kept with his wife, Maureen. Together they have written more than 16,000 pages as they have captured family stories to pass down to future generations. Participants will write a journal entry (so please bring paper and pen or laptop).  Participants will be invited to share their writing with the group. In turn, the group will be encouraged to offer constructive feedback that will help writers develop their writing further. Duane Roen 2017.GSC.Duane.Roen.Journal.Writing.Handout
Military Basic Training From the Revolutionary War; through the Civil War; up to today, almost every family has ancestors who served in conflicts. This is one of the larger record collections of US history and its people. The records are becoming easier to find and use on the internet. Charles Shults 2017.GSC.Shults.Military.Basic.Training
Using Historical Newspapers

Need help finding your family in old newspapers?  Learn now to find historical newspapers online - both free and subscription sites.  Tips on how to find and use various obituary collections will also be given.

Denise Crawford 2017/GSC/Handouts/GSC.DENISE CRAWFORD LATEST Historical Newspapers Online.pdf
Pixel to Portrait: Digitizing and Scanning Starting with a pixel discover what it means to digitize a photo.  Learn archival digitizing standards and how these standards translate into what dpi you need for each individual photo regardless of photo size. The secret is the FACE! We discuss photo care, scanners, and tips and tricks to streamline the process and do it right with confidence. Peggy Ash 2017/GSC/PEGGY.ASH.Digital.Image Vocabulary.Handout.pdf.
3:20 PM - 4:20 PM
CLASS TITLE CLASS DESCRIPTION PRESENTER NAMES HANDOUTS
Finding your French Ancestors This class will assist the attendee in learning how to find their ancestors in France.  We will learn about accessing data bases which have vital information and the dates of (Births, Marriages and Deaths). Gordon Mulleneaux 2017/GSC/Handouts-GORDON MULLENEAUX HANDOUT.pdf
I do, I don't, I died! Using Court Records for Family History Court records come in many forms such as wills & probate, deeds &indentures, taxes, civil & chancery records, court orders and other records maintain by the county or city court. This course addresses these records and how to use the record book indexes effectively. Dr. Melanie Sturgeon 2017.GSC.Dr.Melanie.Sturgeon.I.do.I.dont.I.died.Court. Records.Handout
Legacy Family Tree An overview of Legacy Family Tree: a look at Legacy basics, including creating and importing family trees, available reports, and source lists. A look at FamilySearch integration. Richard Young 2017/GSC/Handouts/RICHARD.YOUNG Legacy Family Tree - An Introduction.pdf
Attention Gold Seekers! Try County Historical Societies and Libraries Using county historical societies and libraries to find those elusive ancestors – an almost guaranteed way to strike it rich! Marilyn Crandall 2017/GSC/Handouts/MARILYN CRANDALL Using County History Societies.pdf
French Canadian Research Getting Started in your French-Canadian research without having to have a specialty in the French language.  Learn what resources that are available and the tips and tricks to reading the records Lisa Trudo 2017.GSC.LISA.TRUDO.Beginning.French.Canadian.Research.Handout.pdf
2017.GSC.Lisa.Trudo.French.Canadian.Research.presentation.pdf
Lessor Known Genealogical Resources: Great New Potential Where do you go when you think you’ve exhausted your research? A Brief overview of over a dozen lesser known genealogical resources. Robert Wilbanks, IV 2017.GSC.ROBERT.WILBANKS.LESSOR.KNOWN.GENEALOGICAL.Handout.pdf
Researching Native Americans Learn how to research Native American Ancestry. Sources for research the National Archives http://www.archives.gov/research/native-americans/,  Using FamilySearch Wiki "American Indian Research" https://familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/American_Indian_Genealogy. Emerson Mose No Handout