Colorado Springs Colorado North Family History Center/Class Descriptions

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Clutter-Free Genealogy

      Instructor: Amy Anderson

Genealogy is fun…when you can find the information you have! Genealogy is frustrating…when you can't find what you know you have! Learn a color-coded system that can be applied to your file folders, notebooks and computer files that is simple to set up and maintain and is well organized, inexpensive, flexible and easy for future generations to understand. Just a few easy steps and you will be on your way to "clutter-free" genealogy.

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From Storage Box to Story Book

      Instructor: Parris Neal

We have often been challenged to find a way to convert all of our photos, memories, articles, group sheets, and important documents from our "storage boxes" into a family history that can be understood, appreciated, added to, and passed along to the next generation. Brother Neal has gone through the experience and will show how to make that conversion into an "electronic family history scrapbook" that can include art, hot links, stories, and all of the other priceless collectibles that will culminate into a real time story book.

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Picking a Partner (Part 1) Ancestry.com

       Instructor: Vint Atkinson

The Church has partnered with a number of genealogical societies and websites and has made access to those stores of information available to every Church member. Find out how you can use these services to find your ancestors.

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Social Media and How to Start a Blog

      Instructor: Amy Anderson

This class can show you some quick ways to share your experiences with family history and what you have learned about your ancestors so far. Come learn what blogging is and how it is a good way to share stories, information, and ideas. Learn how Social Media like Facebook and Twitter can be used to share your family history or promote your blog. Come and learn how to promote all your new found genealogy skills!

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It's All About Me

       Instructor: Melanie Kratz

Write a personal history from start to finish that your descendants will want to read. Organizing your timeline, choosing a format, deciding what to include and what to leave out, adding pictures and memorabilia, and even publishing options.

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Basic Internet Skills

       Instructor: Richard Vance

Learn basic skills related to navigating the Internet in order to access and use modern tools such as search engines, family history databases, upload and download images and files, print documents, and other useful computer tasks related to family history.

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Basic Computer Skills

      Instructor: Richard Vance

Learn basic computer skills required to use modern family history tools. Learn to open documents, save documents, use a word processor, scan and save images, understand the file and directory structure of Windows computers, print documents and more.

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Sharing your Shoebox: Artistic ancestry archiving

      Instructor: Jen Roberts

Pull those boxes of old family photographs and records out of your attic and share your shoebox. Learn everything you need to know to get those treasured pictures out of the box and into your digital files. This class will cover digitizing and organizing your paper photographs and memorabilia. We will also discuss easy ways to artistically archive your ancestry by creating heritage scrapbook albums and keepsakes.

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Overview of FamilySearch Partnership Websites: Ancestry, findmypast, & MyHeritage

      Instructor: Karl VanWie

Early in 2014, FamilySearch announced a series of agreements with Ancestry, findmypast, and MyHeritage to accelerate the delivery of freely searchable genealogical records to family history researchers. This session will explore these 3 web-based genealogy/family history tools. We will discuss the key features and capabilities of each tool, pros and cons, and market space so that you can know how to best enhance and improve your efforts in Family History and in preserving your past.

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FamilySearch Family Tree(Seek) Pedigree System

      Instructor: Stephanie Moore

Are you frustrated with trying to combine your family history digital + hard copies of your family history? Come learn about FamilySearch’s Family Tree link, TreeSeek pedigrees, & my Fan Chart binder research/organizational system, that is easy to pass down to the next generation. Find sites to create visual family trees for display, which creates easier access to your information. Who doesn’t love to see their Family Tree? It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3…come join me!

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How to Plan Your Own Family History Trip

      Instructor: Tom Nixon

Would you like to have a meaningful visit to the hometown of an ancestor, but you're not sure how to plan such a trip? It can be a very rewarding experience. I'll use lessons learned, while taking my wife to her ancestral home in Italy, and also taking my mother to family sites in Indiana, Ohio, and Pennsylvania, to suggest how you can plan your own trip.

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“What’s Your Story” 10 Ways to Get Started Climbing Your Family Tree

      Instructor: Debbie Law

Everyone has a story! Come and discover your story as you learn 10 easy ways to get started climbing your family tree. Learn how to give your ancestors a second life. Experience the joy and satisfaction that comes from respecting and appreciating the gifts your ancestors have left for you. Find out how to draw closer to your own family in the process. Afterwards, tour the Family History Discovery Center and get free hands-on help from our knowledgeable consultants. It will be one of the most rewarding adventures of your life!

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DNA and Its Place in Family Research

      Instructor: Sheldon Jones

Ever wondered what DNA testing is and how it can help in your Family History? This talk introduces what DNA is and the rapidly growing field of Y-chromosome and Autosomal DNA testing. Explanation of terms you will encounter and a comparison of testing companies will be given. This will be a prerequisite for an advanced class in the future.

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DNA Part 2

      Instructor: Sheldon Jones

To take this class it is recommended that you took "'DNA and Its Place in Family Research" or that you have an advanced knowledge of DNA applications in Genealogy.

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The Search is On

      Instructor: Courtney Smith

Do you know where to begin searching for those who are missing from your family tree? Are you unsure of the best way to perform internet searches and then wonder what to do with all of those results? We will discuss how to become more proficient in your searching and find those family history clues!

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Family History from a British Perspective

      Instructor: Rowan Reynolds

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.

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Trek Ancestor Search

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BSA Genealogy Merit Badge Workshop

Instructor: Bill Sampson

      The BSA Genealogy Merit Badge Workshop is offered quarterly. The next Workshop is November 17th, 2015. During 2016, the Workshops will be conducted February 9th, May 17th, August 9th and November 8th.


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