Colorado Springs Colorado North Family History Center/Classes and Schedules

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                                   CALENDAR OF CLASSES BEING OFFERED

The class schedule is available on our ONLINE CALENDAR. Please search for the day and time when the class you would like to take is available. Please register using the registration form linked to the name of the event on the calendar.

You will be notified within 48 hours

          once you have been
signed-up (or registered) for the class.



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                      Presenter: Vint Atkinson

              To Register go to: Overview of Family Search Partnership Sites

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.


Getting Started in Family Search! Assessing & Navigating the Site
                       Presenter: To be announced

To Register go to: Getting Started in Family Search! Assessing & Navigating the Site


Finding and Attaching Outside Sources in Family Search
                      Presenter: Kelli Bradley

To Register go to: Finding and Attaching Outside Sources in Family Search


Working with Family Relationships in Family Search
                      Presenter: Charlyn McAllister

To Register go to: Working With Family Relationships in Family Search


Adding Memories into Family Search through Photos, Documents and Stories
                      Presenter: Connie Powell

To Register go to:


Seminars:

Below are the seminars (group lectures).
Seminars are Thursday evenings from 7 PM to 8 PM.                                                               


Finding Grandma – Research Techniques in Tree Building

                      Presenter: Ed Storey

              To Register go to: Finding Grandma – Research Techniques in Tree Building

Ed Storey worked as an engineer for GM. He has lived in Rochester, El Paso and Beijing before moving to Falcon. He has been working on his family tree for about 12 years and occasionally writes for magazines about genealogy. His areas of study are England, Germany, India, St Helena and New Jersey. He lives with his wife, Nancy of 45 years.

Finding Grandma covers some of the areas that can help find maiden names of ancestors, both in the US and overseas. We will talk about the quality of data and the danger of relying on a single source. Primarily, examples will be used to show how & where information can be found. Many of the examples are available free on the internet, either at home, at the library or at a Family History Center. We will talk a little about how to work with others around the world who might have expertise or could even be searching for the same family. Genealogy is a study in perseverance as new sources come to light.


                ֍֍֍֍֍ PAST CLASSES OFFERED and HANDOUTS ֍֍֍֍֍

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




    Preparing Names for the Temple, Identifying Duplicates, and Merging

      Previous Instructor(s):

Submission policies will be explained. You will learn how to merge or delete duplicates and process names for Temple ordinances in FamilySearch Family Tree.


    Clutter-Free Genealogy

      Previous Instructor(s): 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.

Handouts:

                  ѻ Clutter FreeGenealogy


    From Storage Box to Story Book

      Previous Instructor(s): 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.



Handouts:

                  ѻ Sharing Shoebox


    Picking a Partner (Part 1) Ancestry.com

       Previous Instructor(s): 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.

Handouts:

                  ѻ Partnership Sites
                  ѻ Ancestry.com.pdf
                  ѻ MyHeritage.com
                  ѻ Find My Past.com
                  ѻ Creating_a_GEDCOM_File.pdf


    Social Media and How to Start a Blog

      Previous Instructor(s): 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!

Handouts:

                  ѻ Social Media1
                  ѻ Social Media 2


    It's All About Me

       Previous Instructor(s): 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.

Handouts:

                  ѻ It's All About Me Personal History - Student Handout


    Basic Computer Skills

      Previous Instructor(s): 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.

Check to see when this class is being offered: View Class Schedule Offerings (Calendar)


    Sharing Your Shoebox: Artistic Ancestry Archiving

      Previous Instructor(s): 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.

Handouts:

                  ѻ Sharing Your Shoebox


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

      Previous Instructor(s): 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.

Handouts:

                  ѻ Partnership Sites
                  ѻ Ancestry.com.pdf
                  ѻ MyHeritage.com
                  ѻ Find My Past.com
                  ѻ Creating_a_GEDCOM_File.pdf


     FamilySearch Family Tree(Seek) Pedigree System

      Previous Instructor(s): 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!

Handouts:

                  ѻ TreeSeek Pedigree System Handout
                  ѻ Research Checklist
                  ѻ To Do Ancestor List
                  ѻ Research Log


    How to Plan Your Own Family History Trip

      Previous Instructor(s): 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.

Handouts:

                  ѻ Plan Ancestral Road Trip


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

      Previous Instructor(s): 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!

Check to see when this class is being offered: View Class Schedule Offerings (Calendar)


    DNA and Its Place in Family Research

      Previous Instructor(s): 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.

Handouts:

                  ѻ DNA


    DNA Part 2

      Previous Instructor(s): 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.

Check to see when this class is being offered: View Class Schedule Offerings (Calendar)


    The Search is On

      Previous Instructor(s): 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!

Handouts:

                  ѻ Search Tips Handout
                  ѻ Yippy Search Handout
                  ѻ Google Search Handout
                  ѻ FamilySearch Handout
                  ѻ Research Aids Handout


    Family History from a British Perspective

      Previous Instructor(s): 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.

Handouts:

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


    Trek Ancestor Search

      More information coming......



Check to see when this class is being offered: View Class Schedule Offerings (Calendar)


    BSA Genealogy Merit Badge Workshop

Previous Instructor(s): Bill Sampson

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

 For more information CLICK on this link to go to the MB Work Shop page


Sign up for 1st Quarter 9 February Class
Sign up for 2nd Quarter 17 May Class
Sign up for 3rd Quarter August Class
Sign up for 4th Quarter 9 February Class



Handouts:

                  ѻ Fill-in Pedigree Chart.
                  ѻ Fill-in Family Group Sheet.


    How to Engage Children in Family History

Previous Instructor(s):

Handouts:

                  ѻ Engaging Children In Family History


    Adventures in Jewish Genealogy

Previous Instructor(s):

Handouts:

                  ѻ Adventures In Jewish Genealogy


    Getting Started: It’s All About the Dash!

Previous Instructor(s):

Handouts:

                  ѻ Getting Started Handout


    What’s New & Improved on FamilySearch.org?

Previous Instructor(s):

Handouts:

                  ѻ Family Search Overview


     Indexing – Bringing Ancestors Back To Life

Previous Instructor(s):

Handouts:

                  ѻ Indexing – Bringing Ancestors Back To Life


    What Can Your Library Do For You?

Previous Instructor(s):

Handouts:

                  ѻ Library Resources


    Genealogical Databases-Do we still need them?

Previous Instructor(s): Rita Paige

Handouts:

                  ѻ Desktop Genealogy Program Notes


    YOUTH - How to Grow & Climb Your Family Tree!

Previous Instructor(s):

Handouts:

                  ѻ Getting Started Handout


    YOUTH - Ancestry, findmypast & MyHeritage

Previous Instructor(s):

Handouts:

                  ѻ Partnership Sites
                  ѻ Ancestry.com.pdf
                  ѻ MyHeritage.com
                  ѻ Find My Past.com
                  ѻ Creating_a_GEDCOM_File.pdf


    YOUTH - Social Media & How to Start a Blog

Previous Instructor(s):

Handouts:

                  ѻ Social Media1
                  ѻ Social Media 2


    YOUTH - How to Plan Your Own Family History Trip

Previous Instructor(s):

Handouts:

                  ѻ Plan Ancestral Road Trip


    YOUTH - FamilySearch Family Tree(Seek) Pedigree System

Previous Instructor(s):

Handouts:

                  ѻ TreeSeek Pedigree System Handout
                  ѻ Research Checklist
                  ѻ To Do Ancestor List
                  ѻ Research Log


    Comparing RootsMagic, Ancestral Quest, and Legacy Software Programs

Previous Instructor(s): Vint Atkinson

Handouts:

This class will explain the various product features and benefits from each of the three major software applications in setting up and using your individual ancestral trees. You will also have the opportunity to visit one of the sites for a more in depth look at the one you like the most.

           ѻ COMPARE RootsMagic, Ancestral Quest, and Legacy Software Programs HANDOUT pt1
           ѻ COMPARE RootsMagic, Ancestral Quest, and Legacy Software Programs HANDOUT pt2
           ѻ COMPARE RootsMagic, Ancestral Quest, and Legacy Software Programs HANDOUT pt3 - FILE ORGANIZATION


    Getting Started! Assessing and Navigating Family Search

Previous Instructor(s): Nancy Olesky

How to sign into Family Search-Family Tree, navigate the fan chart and tree views, and use the features on the person's detail page.

Handouts:

                  ѻ Getting Started in FamilySearch
                  ѻ GETTING STARTED IN FAMILYSEARCH Handout


    Scanning Photos, Stories, Documents in Family Search

Previous Instructor(s): Connie Powell

You will learn how to find, share, and add photos, documents, and stories to family tree and to tag them to individuals.

Handouts:

                  ѻ Adding Photos to Family Tree
                  ѻ Adding Stories to Family Tree


    Search with Family Search

Previous Instructor(s): Courtney Smith

Search tool includes records, genealogies, catalogs, books, and wiki to find your ancestors

Handouts:

                ѻ FamilySearch Handout
                ѻ Searching with FamilySearch
                ѻ Research Wiki


    Working With Family Relationships in Family Search'

Previous Instructor(s): Charlyn McAllister

Learn how to find, evaluate, correct, discuss, watch, and attach sources to the people in your family tree. You will learn to add or link a person to your tree; add, edit, or delete a couple relationship or parent- child relationship; remove a person and change a wrong parent.

Handouts:

                  ѻ How to Work with Relationships in Family Search - Charlyn McAllister


    Searching in Family Search to Find & Attach Outside Sources'

Previous Instructor(s): Kelli Bradley

Learn how to attach a source (record) found in family search or on the internet (using tree connect) to individuals, couples, and families; how to create your own sources.

Handouts:

                  ѻ FamilySearch Handout - Kelly Bradley
                  ѻ Searching with FamilySearch - Kelly Bradley.pdf
                  ѻ Research Wiki - Kelly Bradley


    Preparing Names for the Temple, Identifying Duplicates, and Merging

Previous Instructor(s): Richard Vance

Temple submission will be explained. You will learn how to merge or delete duplicates and process names for Temple Ordinances in Family Search - Family Tree.

Handouts:

                  ѻ Merging Duplicate Records in Family Tree - Richard Vance


    Research With Obituaries

Previous Instructor(s): Gale Myers

How can you get the most from obituaries?


    Researching with Newspapers

Previous Instructor(s): Gale Myers

       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:

                  ѻ Researching With Newspapers (Power Point format)


    Overview of the FamilySearch Partnership Sites

Previous Instructor(s): Richard Vance

       Partner sites are free to the public at any Family History Center and contains billions of records available online to research. The most popular of these sites are Ancestry.com, MyHeritage, Findmypast, and AmericanAncestors. You will learn what these partners have to offer, the benefits of each, and what agreement The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has made with these companies. Learn how to log on with members having the option of free subscriptions at home.



    Ancestry.com – Introduction To This Powerful Partner

Previous Instructor(s): Vint Atkinson

       Class Description: This class introduces you to the Ancestry.com website and shows you how to get started using this powerful family history research partner. Included are basic website navigation; setting up your profile and home page to get the most out of the website; starting your family tree; basic search techniques and the Ancestry catalog of sources.

Recommended: Sign up for an account with Ancestry.com.

     If you cannot sign up for an account yourself prior to Workshop date, the instructor will be in the Family History Discovery Center during regular hours on the Thursday and Friday prior to the class and will assist you in getting signed up.

Difficulty Level: Beginner
Handouts:
                  ѻ Ancestry.com
                  ѻ Setting Up Ancestry Account
                  ѻ Setting Up Ancestry Partner