Colorado Springs Colorado North Family History Center/2018 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


Finding Living People

Presenter: Gale Myers
Class Description: Ancestry and FamilySearch are great for historical records, but what if you want to find living people. Tips and tools will be presented to locate old friends, high school classmates, lost relatives, and other living people.
Handouts: None


Ancestry vs FamilySearch; Using These Family History Websites

Presenter: Vint Atkinson
Class Description: This class discusses two of today’s major family history websites. What are their strengths? What are their weaknesses? Why use one versus the other? Should both be used? A short introduction to both websites will be presented and all of these questions and more will be answered.
Handouts:None


Avoiding Duplicates

Presenter: Jason Ramsay
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


Introduction to MyHeritage

Presenter: Steve Brandt
Class Description: Starting in 2014 FamilySearch.org partnered with some of the world’s top family history websites. MyHeritage.com is one of those major websites. This workshop will give an overview of the record (data) collections and how to research them. Each attendee will have time to explore MyHeritage to find records about their ancestors. Why MyHeritage.com? MyHeritage contains billions of records in 40 languages including many German, Polish, Nordic, and other European records. MyHeritage is a highly advanced technological company with family tree tools and unique matching technologies. You can create a 3-D family pedigree chart or develop your own family history website on MyHeritage.com with photos, stories and timelines. Unique to MyHeritage is the Record Matches feature in which their software searches their historical records and matches them automatically eliminating the need to do individual searches. If you have a family tree on MyHeritage, the site will automatically search for matches in its data collections and email you about these hits.
Handouts:None


Family History Mobile Apps

Presenter: Vint Atkinson
Class Description: “Bring Your Smartphone!” This class will demonstrate using mobile device apps in your family history especially for FamilySearch.
Handouts: None


Intro to US and English Census Records

Presenter: Phil Savage
Class Description: Genealogists ultimately come to their census
Handouts: None


INTRODUCTION TO FAMILYSEARCH.ORG

Presenter: Vint Atkinson
Class Description: This introduction to FamilySearch shows the basics of navigating the familysearch.org website, shows how to use the Family Tree section and how to research for ancestor 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 free personal assistance at more than 5,000 family history centers in over 70 countries, including the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah 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 containing about 1.2 billion names.
Handouts: None


Preserving Your Family Photos

Presenter: Myra Valdez
Class Description: Do you have a collection of priceless family photographs that are currently stashed in a junk drawer or tucked within a book stored up in a closet? Would you like to preserve them for future generations?
General Topics include:
- The types and history of photographs - The “Agents of Deterioration”
- Proper handling and re-housing techniques
- Multitude of optimal archival storage supplies that are readily available and where to find them Handouts: None


Becoming Your Family's Genealogy Expert

Presenter: Valerie Elkins
Class Description: You don’t want to become a professional genealogist and take clients, but you do want to become an expert on your own family history? Learn technology, tips and secrets from the pros and learn how to take your genealogy skills to the next level. Every family needs their expert, why not you?
Handouts: None


Family History from a British Perspective

Presenter: Rowan Reynolds
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


Managing the Multiple Trees on FamilySearch Partner Sites

Presenter: Vint Atkinson
Class Description: Starting in 2014 FamilySearch.org partnered with some of the top family history websites throughout the world. This workshop will discuss why FamilySearch formed the partnerships, give an overview of each partner's website and their benefits to your family history research. Then the workshop will show how to have family trees on each site and how to manage multiple family trees.
Handouts:Overview of FamilySearch Partners
A Family History Research Strategy Using Multiple Websites
Using Personal Genealogy Software For Family History Research


A FamilySearch Descendancy View Research

Presenter: Vint Atkinson
Class Description: This workshop will demonstrate using Descendancy View in FamilySearch as an organized researching method. This method is useful for those having difficulty in researching their ancestors in the normal Family Tree view or do not know how to start their research. Advantages and disadvantages will be discussed. Attendees with FamilySearch accounts will have time to give Descendancy View at try.
Handouts
ѻ Finding an Ancestor Through Descendancy Research


Research Techniques--Newspaper Sites and Stories

Presenter: Gale Myers
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.
Handouts:None


Planning and Sharing Your Own Family History Trip

Presenter: Tom Nixon
Class Description: None
Handouts:None


Intro to US & UK Censuses -- Genealogists Eventually Come to Their Census

Presenter: Phil Savage
Class Description: None
Handouts:None


Evaluating & Understanding Evidence Presenter

Presenter: Holly Allred
Class Description: None
Handouts:None


MyHeritage: Overview & Research Capabilities

Presenter: Steve Brandt
Class Description: Starting in 2014 FamilySearch.org partnered with some of the world’s top family history websites. MyHeritage.com is one of those major websites. This workshop will give an overview of the record (data) collections and how to research them. Each attendee will have time to explore MyHeritage to find records about their ancestors. Why MyHeritage.com? MyHeritage contains billions of records in 40 languages including many German, Polish, Nordic, and other European records. MyHeritage is a highly advanced technological company with family tree tools and unique matching technologies. You can create a 3-D family pedigree chart or develop your own family history website on MyHeritage.com with photos, stories and timelines. Unique to MyHeritage is the Record Matches feature in which their software searches their historical records and matches them automatically eliminating the need to do individual searches. If you have a family tree on MyHeritage, the site will automatically search for matches in its data collections and email you about these hits.
Handouts:
ѻ My Heritage
ѻ Account Sign Up My Heritage


Researching in Ancestry.com

Presenter: Vint Atkinson
Class Description: This class shows how to use the powerful search tools, hints and always growing source catalog at Ancestry.com. Tips and tricks will be demonstrated along with a discussion of some advance search techniques and latest innovations at Ancestry.com.
Handouts
ѻ Ancestry-Overview
ѻ Ancestry.com
ѻ Setting Up Ancestry Account
ѻ Setting Up Ancestry Partner


Intro to FamilySearch Web Indexing

Presenter: Mike Smith
Class Description: “Everyone come and join us for this Indexing event” FamilySearch indexing is a volunteer transcription effort that makes valuable genealogical records freely searchable online. Since FamilySearch indexing began in 2006, this unprecedented crowdsourcing effort has produced billions of searchable records. New FamilySearch Web Indexing now makes it even easier to transcribe records. This class is for everyone interested in indexing whether you are just starting or are experienced. We will show you how to get started or help you improve your skills as an experienced indexer.
Handouts
ѻ FamilySearch-Web-Indexing-handout


Intro to US and English Census Records

Presenter: Phil Savage
Class Description: "Genealogists ultimately come to their census”
Handouts:None