Mesa Az FamilySearch Library



9:55 AM - 10:55 AM
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, 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 Conference2017/RMI/Handouts/CARMA ELLINGSON.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 RM BETTE SCOTT HANDOUT Indexing class description.pdf

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 Conference2017/RMI/Handouts/JEANNE KONUISZY My Heritage.pdf is a Treasure for Family Historians An overview of America's oldest genealogical organization. has more than 1 billion records from throughout the world and extensive early American collections.  Come and learn, then research for yourself and you may find “Memories of things unknown" relating to your own family Leone Pearce Conference2017/RMI/Handouts/LEONE PEARCE.AMERICAN.ANCESTOR.pdf
Using Civil War Records in your Family Research

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 Conference2017/RMI/Handouts/ROBERT MASSEY-Civil.War.Records ppt.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.

Darlene Brady Conference2017/RMI/Handouts/DARLENE BRADY 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 Conference2017/RMI/Handouts/ DENISE CRAWFORD England lesson.pdf
11:05 AM - 12:05 AM
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.

Shirley Nance Conference2017/RMI/Handouts/SHIRLEY NANCE Nance-Find.A.Grave.pdf
Getting Organized: Electronically

In today’s world of genealogy, it is important to maintain your records electronically on your personal computer. This class will emphasize how to organize and maintain your multimedia files to effectively document events in the lives of individuals in your family and facilitate sharing your information with others.

Lynn Melville No handout for this class
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 MyExpo/Conference2017/RMI/Handouts/2017 RM NEW Probate Class Oct 2016 Handout.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 Conference2017/RMI/PEGGY.ASH FamilySearch.Memories.Handout.pdf
Audacious Memories: Part 1

The “Audacious Memories” class will inspire you to capture those important photos, pictures and audio files while you still can.  The “Audacious Memories” class is a brief introduction to ‘how to’ put memories into Family Search, but is not a detailed class on the memories feature in Family Search.  The “Audacious Memories class will teach you how to edit audio files to remove ‘false-starts’, clicks, sound clutter, etc and to add background music if desired before you add your audio file to Family Search using a free shareware program available on the internet. The “Audacious Memories” class will teach you how to use Windows Movie maker to create audacious movies for family reunions, etc  from your home movies, captured youtube videos, your audio files, etc  You will learn how to edit these files in Windows movie maker.

Wallace Haws Conference2017/RMI/Handouts/ WALLACE HAWS.Audacious.Memories.pdf
Ellis Island History and Experiences

This class will describe the history of the famed Ellis Island where over 12 million immigrants were processed from 1892 to 1954. The dreams of millions came true when they were allowed entry into the United States to start a new life. I will describe the process the hopeful immigrants encountered and the experiences many told to generations that came after them.

Katie Gertz Conference2017/RMI/Handouts/KATIE GERTZ.Ellis.Island.History.pdf
Writing about Family Members, Places, and Events   Dr. Duane Roen Conference2017/RMI/Handouts/DUANE. ROEN..Workshop-person-place-event.pdf;

Conference2017/RMI/Handouts/DUANE ROEN.Keynote.Presentation.pptx
12:15 PM - 1:00 PM ***LUNCH***
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
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, 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.

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 Conference2017/RMI/Handouts/ROBERT WILBANKS.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 Conference2017/Handouts/Aitichson-Library.&.Archives.Canada.pdf
Audacious Memories: Part 2

The “Audacious Memories” class will inspire you to capture those important photos, pictures and audio files while you still can.  The “Audacious Memories” class is a brief introduction to ‘how to’ put memories into Family Search, but is not a detailed class on the memories feature in Family Search.  The “Audacious Memories class will teach you how to edit audio files to remove ‘false-starts’, clicks, sound clutter, etc and to add background music if desired before you add your audio file to Family Search using a free shareware program available on the internet. The “Audacious Memories” class will teach you how to use Windows Movie maker to create audacious movies for family reunions, etc  from your home movies, captured youtube videos, your audio files, etc  You will learn how to edit these files in Windows movie maker.

Wallace Haws Conference2017/RMI/Handouts/WALLACE HAWS.Audacious.Memories.pdf
Scotland, Land of the Free , Home of the Brave - Beginning Research

Strategies for Locating Births, Marriages and Deaths in Scotland.   We will look at the kinds of records available to find ancestors in Scotland.  Including Emigration; Censuses; Civil Registrations; Parish Records and a focus on Scotland’s people (the government website) 

Margaret Burke Conference2017/RMI/Handouts/.MARGARET BURKE.Scotland.pdf
Using Immigration Records in Your Family Research   DeAnna Johnson  
Using the Mesa Family History Center 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 Conference2017/RMI/Handouts/Wharton-MesaFSL.Website.Handout.pdf
1:50 PM - 2:50 PM
CLASS TITLE CLASS DESCRIPTION PRESENTER NAMES HANDOUTS is a well-known family history website that has some of the best collections of immigrations record, census records, and "public trees" with information about individuals you may not be able to find from any other source.  It has partnered  and interfaces with FamilySearch. This class is a thorough tutorial of the website.   It will familiarize you with navigation within the site and help you use this website to  the max.  There will be tips and tricks included to ensure that you will know how to take advantage of the wealth of data this database contains.

Jeanne Konuiszy Conference2017/RMI/Handouts/JEANNE KONIUSZY.Ancestrycom.pdf
FamilySearch Basics

The goal of this class is for you to leave feeling comfortable with the 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 Conference2017/RMI/Handouts/2017 RM CARMA ELLINGSON FamilySearch Basics Handout 2017.pdf
Indexing made easier

"Indexing made Easier" is a class to help indexers with basic indexing skills and there will be tips and short cuts that make indexing faster and easier in a variety of different recordsl

Pat Badger Conference2017/RMI/Handouts/PAT BADGER-Familysearch.Indexing.pdf

Conference2017/RMI/Handouts/INDEX PART 2.pdf

Conference2017/RMI/Handouts INDEX PART 3.pdf
Descendency Research This class is for the LDS user of FamilySearch.  The Find-Take-Teach program was first introduced at RootsTech 2014 by Elder Andersen.  Since then several of the Apostles have emphasized this challenge to Find names to Take to the Temple and Teach someone else how to do it.  This class will go through the simplified method of finding cousins through Descendancy research.  It will also teach how to recognize Temple opportunities through adding new people with record hints and simple research. Edith Haws Conference2017/RMI/Handouts/EDITH HAWS--Find-Take-Teach using opportunites.pdf

Conference2017/RMI/Handouts/EDITH HAWS--Find Take Teach Simplified Method.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
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 Conference2017/RMI/Handouts/DENISE CRAWFORD LATEST Historical Newspapers Online.pdf
The Wonderful World of U.S. Land Records 101

A Basic overview of how US land records work from State Lands to Federal Lands and Homestead Land, Bounty Land, Railroad Land, State Grant Land, etc. Simple explanations of Metes and Bounds and the Rectangular Survey System. Witness the magic of the GLO/BLM website!

Peggy Ash MyExpo/Conference2017/RMI/Handouts/2017 RM PEGGY ASH Land Records HANDOUT 21 JANUARY 2017.pdf
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
My 22 years Experiences as a Probate Investigator   William S. Bryan  
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” ( together with “FamilySearch” ( to find our ancestor-cousins and to use sources to help achieve a complete and accurate family tree.

Alan Griffin MyExpo/Conference2017/RMI/Handouts/2017 RM GRIFFIN HANDOUT 2 FHConf Jan2017.pdf
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 MyExpo/Conference2017/RMI/Handouts/2017 RM RICHARD YOUNG Legacy Family Tree - An Introduction.pdf
Family History Research for Italians   Massimo Franceschini  
Researching in Pennsylvania

From colonial times to now – the 20th Century – Pennsylvania has been home to billions of people.  Thousands of Europeans landed at Philadelphia, and while many stayed there, most moved westward to newer lands and states.  This class will review quickly the "making" of Pennsylvania, and introduce research tactics.  Marsha Allen has been doing research in Pennsylvania for over 40 years and she will show a variety of documents obtained through her successful researching.  She will give you helps so you can find your own answers!

Marsha Allen Conference2016/Handouts/2017 MARSHA ALLEN RED MOUNTAIN Handout - Class Research in Pennsylvania 1-21-2017.pdf
An Immigrant's Ocean Voyage to the New Land

If your ancestor immigrated before modern times, it’s likely they endured significant hardships to reach this country. This class will provide a glimpse into what it was like for our ancestors coming “across the pond”. 

Katie Gertz MyExpo/Conference2017/RMI/Handouts/2017 RM KATIE GERTZ handout immigrants voyage to new land.pdf
Researching Native Americans

Learn how to research Native American Ancestry. Sources for research the National Archives,  Using FamilySearch Wiki "American Indian Research"

Emerson Mose