Colorado Springs Colorado North Family History Center/2017 Classes Offered

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If you are interested in any of these classes which have been offered in the past, or would like a specific topic not listed, please email your request to: CO_ColoradoSpringsNorth@familyhistorymail.org


"Find, Take, Teach"

Presenter: Cynthia Banner
Class Description: None
HandoutsNone


"Paleography, Reading Your Ancestors’ Writing"

Presenter: Holly Allred
Class Description: Paleography is the study of ancient handwriting systems. Understanding and having a knowledge of old handwriting can help in deciphering and dating historical manuscripts and documents.
Handouts
ѻ Paleography - Tips and tricks for reading old documents


"FamilySearch Memories"


Presenter: Vint Atkinson


Difficulty Level: Beginner

Class Description:
“Each person, no matter how ordinary, has extraordinary memories to share. Many of the most precious, heart-changing family photos and stories are tucked away in our homes and our minds. At FamilySearch, we preserve memories so they can be shared for generations to come.” (from FamilySearch.org)

This workshop shows you how to add those digital memories to your ancestors in FamilySearch. Also how to use the FamilySearch Memories mobile app to record and add those digital memories.

Handouts
    ѻ Adding-Memories-in-Family-Search


"DNA 101 (using DNA for Family History Research)"


Presenter: Sheldon Jones


Difficulty Level: Beginner

Class Description:
    Ever wondered what DNA testing is and how it can help in your Family History? This talk introduces the rapidly growing field of Y-chromosome and Autosomal DNA testing and how the amount of DNA in common between two people estimates their consanguinity.  A very personal life-changing in-depth successful biological parent search for an adoptee is also presented along with a discussion of non-paternity events.


"Family History from a British Perspective"


Presenter: Rowan Reynolds


Difficulty Level: Beginner

Class Description:
    A presentation on the main records we use in Britain for genealogy. These include the Domesday Book, Manorial Records, Parish Records, Civil Registration and the Census. Historical background will be covered, and how to get a hold of them. The main emphasis is on England.

Handouts
    ѻ British Sources Handout
    ѻ Family History Time Line
    ѻ Gen UKI Map


"The Family History Guide"


Presenter: Vint Atkinson


Difficulty Level: Beginner

Class Description:
    This workshop will introduce you to and guide you through the many features of The Family History Guide giving you a chance to try it out. The Family History Guide is a website that presents an amazing learning environment for family history. Its scope is broad, but its focus is narrow enough to help you achieve your needs and goals, step by step. Whether it is to learn about family history as a beginner or how to do in-depth research for any part of the world as a seasoned researcher—or somewhere in between—The Family History Guide can be your go to resource.

Here are some of the unique features you'll find on the site:

Over 1,200 Goals for learning, supported by over 2,300 flexible Choices
Step-by-step instructions to make learning easier
Links to over 2,400 videos and articles from FamilySearch, Ancestry, and more
QUIKLinks that take you to record searches from multiple sources, with a single click
Project Tracker sheets and Training materials for self-study or group instruction


"Out of the Box Family History; Gifts,Crafts & Decor Galore!"


Presenter: Debbie Law


Difficulty Level: Beginner

Class Description:
    Almost everyone has collected family memorabilia or inherited ancestor heirloom items. Have you become an “heirloom hostage”? Are you plagued by heirloom guilt? Are your family treasures neglected and sitting in boxes and drawers, somewhere out of sight? Let this class motivate and inspire you with over 100 fabulous and creative ideas to Get Your Ancestors Out of the Box! A little creativity will help you transform these heirlooms into memorable, and very personal and unique gifts, crafts, displays and décor. This can be a powerful way to honor your ancestors and their legacy. If you never inherited any “treasures”, simply “adopt” some from thrift stores, flea market finds, and estate sales. Create a bridge between the past, the present, and the future. Come sit back and let the “ooohs” and “aaahs” begin!!!


"Intro to FamilySearch"


Presenter: Vint Atkinson


Difficulty Level: Beginner

Class Description:
This introduction to FamilySearch shows the basics of navigating the familysearch.org website, We show how to use the Family Tree section and how to search for ancestors records in the Search Section.

− FamilySearch is the largest genealogy organization in the world. It maintains a collection of records, resources, and services designed to help people learn more about their family history. FamilySearch gathers, preserves, and shares genealogical records worldwide. It offers free access to its resources and service online at FamilySearch.org. In addition, FamilySearch offers personal assistance at more than 4,800 family history centers in over 70 countries, including the Family History Library.

− On the FamilySearch.org website anyone can use the Family Tree section though a FREE registered account and can search for records of an ancestor. The Family Tree section allows users to collaborate on a single, shared, worldwide family tree (currently with about a billion names in it).


"Avoiding Duplicates"


Presenter: Jason Ramsay


Difficulty Level: Beginner

Class Description:
    This workshop will provide a few tips and examples on how to reduce or avoid duplicate family history work.  This will help reduce the wasted work from building trees and records that are already built but are "hidden" from FamilySearch that provides "Possible Duplicates".  Avoiding wasted time and effort or duplicate records will allow us more time to focus on work that still needs to be done.  Several hints and examples will be shown within FamilySearch and between Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.

Handouts
    None


"Avoiding Problems With Name-finding Apps"


Presenter: Steve Brandt


Difficulty Level: Beginner

Class Description:
    This workshop will demonstrate some ways that patrons can avoid common problems when using automated finding apps to find names for the temple. The topics and examples will include merging duplicates, researching additional information and attaching sources to individuals found by apps. There will also be some guidance on how avoid taking names that someone else just recently made temple ready.


“Research Techniques – Newspaper Sites and Stories”


Presenter: Gale Myers


Difficulty Level: Beginner

Class Description:
    Newspapers provide a wide range of genealogical information from death notices and obituaries to full biographies. This class will identify online and offline sources and search methods for locating newspapers and articles of interest.


“Housekeeping in FamilySearch”


Presenter: Mariah Hudson
Difficulty Level: Beginner

Class Description:
     Ideas and tools to get, and keep, the FamilySearch Family Tree tidy! We will briefly discuss the structure of "The Tree" and how to manage conflicting information before applying the concept of "Low-Hanging Fruit" to the tree for things like identical names, incomplete or missing entries, non-standardized dates and place, duplicate people, problems, and more! In addition to FamilySearch Record Hints, we will also introduce and leverage Find-A-Record on our journey to get, and keep, the FamilySearch Family Tree accurate and useful.

Handouts

    FamilySearch Overview
    FamilySearch


“Genealogy Organized!”


Presenter: Vint Atkinson
Difficulty Level: Beginner

Class Description:
    There are many ways to organize your family history information. Family history is fun when you can find the information you have! It’s very frustrating when you can’t. This workshop presents an inexpensive, simple to set up, color-coded system that can be applied to file folders, binders, computers or whatever filing system you might use. Other alternative systems will be discussed and links provided too. Just a few easy steps and you will be able to avoid the frustration.

Handouts

    Geneology Organized



“Timelines”


Presenter: Stephanie Moore
Difficulty Level: Beginner

Class Description:
    While it’s important to follow the paper trail to locate names, dates & places -- I want to bring my ancestors alive! I want to make a historical connection, but who has the time to research? By utilizing Ancestry & FamilySearch’s Wiki features, you can find the Red Book, which gives you the U. S. state, county & town’s historical information. HistoryLines.com ($) & OurTimelines.com (free) are websites that allows you to print off an automatic timeline & historically accurate time period information for each individual ancestor.

Handouts

    Timelines



“Find-a-Record and Hope Chest”


Presenter: Steve Brandt
Difficulty Level: Beginner

Class Description:
    This workshop will introduce participants to two relatively new automated computer search utilities that can be used to help identify ancestors that need temple work. These two utilities are Find-a-Record and Hope Chest. They can be installed on computers as extensions to Google Chrome. When given access to a Family Search account, they automatically search for a variety of characteristics, as directed by the user. These searches can include identifying individuals who are ready to be submitted for temple work. Each program and its associated website have advantages and disadvantages. The workshop will demonstrate and facilitate practice by attendees in using both programs. The workshop will also demonstrate and provide practice in using these capabilities responsibly, so that errors are minimized and the true intent of finding names for the temple is met.

Handouts

    NO Handouts shared.


“Paleography”


Presenter: Holly Allred
Difficulty Level: Beginner

Class Description:
    Paleography is the study of ancient handwriting systems. Understanding and having a knowledge of old handwriting can help in deciphering and dating historical manuscripts and documents.



“Finding and Attaching Outside Sources in FamilySearch”


Presenter: Kelli Bradley
Difficulty Level: Beginner

Class Description:
    None

Handouts

    NO Handouts shared.


“Comparing FamilySearch Partners”


Presenter: Vint Atkinson
Difficulty Level: Beginner

Class Description:
    Description: Starting in 2014 FamilySearch.org partnered with some of the top family history websites in the world. This workshop will give an overview of why FamilySearch formed the partnerships and acquaint the class with each partner's website and their benefits to the partnership. Each attendee will have time to explore each website and try to find information about an ancestor.

Handouts

    Handouts:
Overview of FamilySearch Partners
Partnership Sign Up For Ancestry.com
Partnership Sign Up For findmypast.com
Partnership Sign Up For MyHeritage.com
Partnership Sign Up For AmericanAncestors.org
Partnership Sign Up For Geneanet.com



“Help! My Family Is All Messed Up In FamilySearch”


Presenter: Vint Atkinson
Difficulty Level: Beginner

Class Description:
    Description: For various reasons including the origins of data and the collaborative nature of FamilySearch Family Tree, there are many situations where incorrect data may exist in your family tree. Come to this presentation to learn strategies to understand and resolve commonly seen bad data situations. Thanks to Ben Baker, Senior. Software Engineer on Family Tree for permission to use his presentation as the core of this presentation.

Handouts

    NO Handouts shared.


“Where Did I Put That Picture?” Filing Strategies


Presenter: Parris Neal
Difficulty Level: Beginner

Class Description:
    Learn how to rename the files and create a digital file system for logical storage after being shown images as examples. Next, some simple photo editing techniques using "Corel PaintShop Pro," showing how to crop, simple image repair, noise reduction, and contrast enhancement will be illustrated. We will learn how to create some "PDF" pages for our "storybook" using MS Word and Adobe Acrobat Pro, ending with assembling the pages into a "book" and inserting "hot links" for easy navigation of the "digital storybook."

Handouts

    File, Edit, Create StoryBook


Locating Images of Ancestors

Presenter: Andy Likins, Professor at Pikes Peak Community College
Difficulty Level: Beginner

Class Description:
    Seeing images of our ancestors helps to bring them to life, making them more than just a list of names and dates. We'll learn about how you can locate images of your ancestors - some in unexpected places.

Handouts

    NO Handouts shared.


“What is PGS?” General Family History Research Strategy

Presenter: Vint Atkinson
Difficulty Level: Beginner

Class Description:
    This class will explain PGS (Personal Genealogy Software) and compares the major features and benefits of the three major software applications: RootsMagic, An-cestral Quest and Legacy. Why PGS is essential for your individual family tree and family history research is discussed.


IrfanView and Snipping Tool—Free Software

Presenter: Bill Sampson
Difficulty Level: Beginner

Class Description:
    None

Handouts

    NO Handouts shared.


“The Search Is On”

Presenter: Courtney Smith
Difficulty Level: Beginner

Class Description:
    Are you looking for ways to enhance your family history research? Are you un-sure of the best way to perform Goggle searches and then wonder what to do with all those results? We will discuss how to become more proficient in your searches and find those family history clues!



10 Ways To Get Started Climbing Your Family Tree” Getting Started with FamilySearch

Presenter: Debbie Law
Difficulty Level: Beginner

Class Description:
    There are many ways to engage in family history as you set out to discover your ancestors. You will learn 10 great ways to get started! Climbing your family tree can strengthen your family relationships as you preserve memories, stories, and photos, and learn how to put flesh back on the bones of your ancestors. Come and discover these progenitors and the gifts they left for you. Claim your legacy!

Handouts

    NO Handouts shared.