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The Why and How of Property Research 
Do you know if your ancestor owned property? Have you ever tried to find out when they bought it? Do you know who they bought it from or who their neighbors were? 
Property research is important in your recreation of the lives of your ancestors. This class will help you understand the value of these records, and where to look for online resources to help you get started.

Scharri is a native of Klamath Falls Oregon and I has been an avid genealogist for over 20 years. She considers herself an intermediate genealogist because she still has much to learn. She enjoys sharing and teaching others some of the knowledge that she has gained from doing her research and from attending conferences. She has given programs at the Klamath Basin Genealogical Society, Rogue Valley Genealogical Society, and Eulalona Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution. She is a member of DAR, Daughters of the War of 1812, Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War, and Sons and Daughters of Oregon Pioneers. Her goal is to leave her four grandchildren “recreated” stories about their ancestors and an appreciation for the history they experienced.

Lisa Goodfellow:
German Birth and Marriage Records
This class takes us through Wuerttemberg. We will learn about old German Script and try our hand at reading birth and marriage records from the 18th and 19th century.

Lisa Goodfellow:
German Death Records
This class takes us through the Saarland and Baden. We will learn about cemeteries and take a look at death records from the 18th century.

Lisa has been interested in genealogy since age 10. She has been doing online research since January 2002 and has taken the opportunity to visit all of the places where her ancestors lived, including Germany. She has become proficient in researching ancestors in German and in helping others with research in several other languages. She is currently the Family History Center Director in Klamath Falls, Oregon. She also teaches school and has a passion for helping young people discover their family history.

Susie Grohs:
Emily's Quilt: This is a story about an artifact (small quilt) that was found in an attic and how Emily was researched as the creator of the quilt. The methodology is demonstrated in the identity of “Emily” as well as how to use basic records, all on-line, and enable genealogists to write about an ancestor.

Susie is a retired school teacher from the Klamath County School District in Oregon.  She is on the Klamath Basin Genealogical Society Board and was President a year ago.  She has been doing genealogy for over 40 years and is extremely interest and involved in genealogy.  She has attended NGS conferences, GFO (Gen. Forum of Oregon-Portland) GCO (Gen. Council of Oregon-Eugene), Rootstech and the past three years has attended SLIG (Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy).

Celeste Guillory: 
Research Plan Handout
Fold3 is a fee-based program available for free at all Family History Centers. It features collections of original military records including stories, photos & personal documents of the men and women who served in the military. Many records come from the U.S. National Archives (NARA) and from collections in the United Kingdom.

Celeste Guillory: 
This fee-based program features historical newspapers from across the United States and beyond. Accessing this program allows the researcher to read newspaper articles and clippings for help with genealogy, history and other research. The program contains 400+ newspapers from the 1700s–2000s with millions of additional pages added every month.

Born and raised in San Francisco California, Celeste retired after a career in Law Enforcement to Grants Pass in 1997. She is president of the Grants Pass Genealogical Society, Life Member of the California Genealogical Society and the San Mateo County Genealogical Society, and is also a long-time member of the Santa Clara County Historical & Genealogical Society. Her family research started in 1993 has been focused in the San Francisco Bay area before the 1906 earthquake and fire as well as France, French Canada, and Austria in what is now known as Slavonia. She has been a Grants Pass Family History Center volunteer since 1999. 

Lena Harmon:  
Social Media and Genealogy--Updated today 2/25/2017
Have you used Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, or Blogs and wondered if you could use them for genealogy?  Lena will teach you the best ways to protect yourself while using these social media sites while sharing and collaborating with others on these popular sites.  She will also show you how to create your own genealogy blog that will help you share your family history in this modern world of technology. 

Lena Harmon:
Citing Your Sources the Right Way--Updated today 2/25/2017
With all your hard work of researching your family history can you find the source you used to prove that your information is correct? Or can you find the record that listed all of the family members of a certain family only to find that you can't remember where you found the information? 
This class will teach you how to cite your sources so you or anyone can find them again.

Lena Harmon has been doing genealogy for 40+ years. She has served as a past director of the Redding CA Family History Center, and as a World Wide Support FamilySearch Support Missionary which offers support to individuals around the globe in Family History Products supported by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She is currently serving as the Shasta Genealogical Society Editor. Her passion is to teach people how to do genealogy the “right” way the first time. Her specialty is keeping up with the changes in technology, new websites, and new software programs as they become available, and then learning each so she may teach them to others as they are valuable resources to our Family History efforts. 

Marian Ladd:
Family History Center Tour-This is a Tour, no handout
During this time you will get a tour of our local Redding Family History Center.   You will see all the available resources we offer.  

Marian is currently the Redding Stake Heritage Faire Coordinator.  She has been doing research on her family for over 40 years. There have been starts and stops along the way to raise her children but she loves finding new ancestors and new ways to research them and their lives. She has been worked in the Family History Center for over 20 years and enjoys helping people find their family members.

Robert Pugh:
What is Indexing?--Added today 2/25/2017
Handwriting Examples--Added today 2/25/17--Added today 2/25/17
​Everyone deserves to be remembered and y/ou can help! Indexing is the process of reviewing historical records and then entering that information int/o an online, searchable database. Indexing records does not require special skills or a huge investment of time. If you have a computer and a desire to help, you can index! Hundreds of thousands of volunteers have indexed historical records from all over the world. Through this generous effort, millions of people have been able to find information and occasionally entertaining stories about their ancestors. This class will introduce you to Family Search Indexing and the basics of this important work.

After retiring from the City of Redding Fire Department in 1992, Bob was invited to participate in Family History Indexing by his in-laws. He enjoyed the work the Family History Indexing program was doing. He was excited to be helping others find their ancestors. After a short while, Bob was made an Arbitrator for the local indexing efforts. Bob has been working at the Redding Stake Family History Center as a consultant for five years. Since 2006, when the church officially started accounting for indexing submissions, Bob has completed over 1.4 million names. Bob is excited to share some information on the Family Search Indexing program and the projects currently available.

Brad Ogden:
Using Google in Your Family History Searches; It’s time to move to a new level!
This class will explore and demonstrate ways to improve your family history searches using the powerful Google search engine. Introduced in 1999, Google has now become a household word for searching, but during that time it has also evolved and changed. There are many tricks and techniques, some new and others forgotten, that can be used for more detailed and relevant genealogy searches. We will explain and demonstrate many of these techniques and provide some useful handouts.

Bradford Ogden is the past Director of the Chico CA Family History Library. He has been actively involved in writing and publishing biographical articles and books regarding family ancestors. He has an particular interest in using technology tools to discover new information and connections. He is a member of the National Genealogical Society and Paradise Genealogical Society. He and his wife Teri have lived in Chico for over 30 years are the parents of five children.

Alton Sissell:
The Family History Guide   (No Handout for this class)
The Family History Guide is your free learning, resource, and training center for genealogy.  A new free website, which teaches Family History Research and Computer Basics. It was a runner-up APP at the 2016 RootsTech Conference in Salt Lake City.

Alton and his wife have just completed an 18 month, full time mission at the Salt Lake Family History Library, serving on the International Floor.  Alton has also served at the Sacramento FamilySearch Library for over 30 years.

Jane Witesman: 
Beginning Genealogy
Learn how to begin your genealogy journey with a solid foundation.  
This class will explore:
1. Using the Genealogical Standard for documenting
2. Introduce you to Genealogy Forms and Charts
3. A Five Step research process
4. Introduce you to some genealogy software
5. Provide a list of beginning websites

Jane is an avid amateur genealogist. She is currently the President of Shasta Genealogical Society, a Redding Family History consultant, a member of the Shasta Historical Society, a Genealogy Volunteer at the Redding Library, and a member of the Sons of Norway.She has researched her family for years. She loves to help people find their roots. Last year she taught a class on How to search Records on Ancestry.com. 

Mike Witesman: 
Understanding Autosomal (at) DNA – (or Do I Have That Many Sixth Cousins?)
If you have a Autosomal DNA test or are considering being tested this class will target the questions you should ask. This class will explain how atDNA test can help your research, identify testing labs and explain the costs and benefits of testing. Will atDNA testing help YOU find a distant relative? DNA testing has helped many and frustrated others. This class is appropriate for those considering Autosomal DNA testing and those who have tested. WE WILL NOT COVER Y–DNA or MT–DNA TESTING !

DNA – Roundtable Discussion of DNA Testing and Experiences
Anyone who has had their DNA tested or is considering being tested can benefit from the experiences of others. This is your chance to find answers or places you may find those answers. Bring your questions (and test results if you have them). WE WILL HAVE TIME TO ANSWER QUESTIONS ABOUT Y-DNA AND MT-DNA.

Mike Witesman is a Past President of the Shasta Genealogical Society. After eighteen years of genealogical research, Mike resorted to DNA testing to break through a brick wall. He found that classes about DNA testing scratched the surface and left many questions unanswered. Experience is a great mentor and he found many of the pitfalls and benefits and can help others utilize DNA testing for best benefit.

Click HERE for HF 2017 Schedule
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