Beginning Genealogy: Where do you start? What are the forms associated with genealogy? How do you fill them out? Where do you get your information? How to verify your information?
Beginning Family Search: How to sign up. I’ve signed up now what? How do I use Family Search?
Marian Ladd has been doing family history work of and on for over 40 years and has worked at the Family History Center for over 20 years. Has filled out pedigree charts and family group sheets by hand, by typewriter and now by computer. She has used all versions of the PAF program before moving on the Family Search Family Tree. She loves to learn new things about her family.
Preserving our Pictures Digitally (Or Taming the Photo Beast)
Do you have boxes of pictures haphazardly stored under your bed or in your closet? Digitally storing and organizing your pictures clears away the clutter while creating a lasting photo history of your life and the lives of those you love. In this class we will learn how to quickly scan and organize your photos and important documents. Bring an 8GB or larger USB drive and 10-20 of your favorite pictures or documents (8X10 inch maximum) to scan. This is a great emergency preparedness project as well (think Carr Fire). Let’s not lose these important photos!
Stalking our Swedish Ancestors through Time
Swedish records are a treasure trove of information. In this beginning class we will look at the myriad of basic records available and how to use them to identify our ancestors; both to trace our lines further back, and to follow them forward from a distant ancestor to new cousins. If you have Swedish roots and a desire to connect, you don’t want to miss this class!
Sheri Gordon was born and raised in Santa Monica, California, the fifth of eight children. She attended UCLA and BYU, graduating from BYU in 2008. She and her husband, Scott Gordon, have lived in Redding for over 30 years and have five children. Sheri loves researching her Scandinavian roots and has been actively doing Swedish research for the past 15 years, visiting Sweden several times to survey the towns and parishes where her ancestors lived. Ikea continues to be one of her favorite shopping experiences!
Hidden Gems in Census Records presented by Julie Ruhl
Julie Ruhl is married with 6 grown children. She is a retired bookkeeper and has been working on genealogy and family history for about 35 years. She is grateful for the technology we now have to ease our efforts in discovering additional information and adding generations to our family trees and the ease in finding living cousins, etc. She has been volunteering as a family history consultant for most of the 35 years, first in the Menlo Park, CA stake, then in the Chico, CA stake, and now for the past year in the Redding, CA stake. She particularly loves census research.
Organizing Your Family History-Digital Storage
Do you have too much paper files, binders and boxes of genealogy sitting in your home and you don't know what to do with them? We are going to discuss ways to get these documents and information into your family history programs and store them digitally on your hard drive and other forms of digital storage so you can get rid of those binders, boxes and loose papers. We will be learning how to create computer file folders just like paper file folders for organizing your family history. Bring your laptops, if you want, so you can create your digital files right in the class and then go home and start cleaning out the genealogy clutter!
Creating Your Own Family History Blog- Private vs. Public Blog
Do you want a way to share your family history, online, with your family that is private (or public...it's up to you.) In this class you will learn how to create your own private or public blog for sharing genealogy, pictures, stories and more.
Lena Harmon has been doing genealogy for 40+ years. She has served as a past Redding CA Family History Center Director, 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, Webmaster & Recording Secretary. 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.
We will explore what rich genealogical information you find in a newspaper, and some of the problems you encounter. Using the free website Chronicling America, we will search the collection using the features Basic Search, Advanced Search, All Digital Newspapers and U. S. Newspaper Directory [to help locate a newspaper]. If there is time, we will look into other sites both paid and free.
Jane Witesman has her BA in Liberal Studies, currently a member, Research Secretary, and a past President for the Shasta Genealogical Society, Library consultant for Redding Family History Center, member of the Shasta Historical Society and Foundation Director for the Sons of Norway.
She is an avid amateur genealogist and have been researching my family for 40+ years with time off to rear my two daughters, now the proud grandmother of 2. Her passion is helping others find their roots.
The Positives and Pitfalls of DNA Testing – (Understanding Autosomal (at) DNA)
You have taken the AncestryDNA (or other DNA) test and do not understand the results. Or you want to test but are concerned about those stories of Uncle ??? This class will target the questions you should or want to ask. You will learn of individuals who discovered unexpected information about their family (new half siblings, cousins, etc). You will find that atDNA testing can help YOU find distant relatives. DNA testing has helped many and frustrated others. This class will identify testing labs and explain the costs and benefits of testing. This class is appropriate for those considering Autosomal DNA testing and those who have tested.
Mike Witesman has been dabbling in genealogy for over twenty-five years. He resorted to DNA testing to penetrate a brickwall. Mike found that available DNA testing classes scratched the surface and left too many questions unanswered. Experience is a great educator and he has discovered the benefits and pitfalls of genealogical DNA testing.