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Class Descriptions for our upcoming Heritage Faire 2015

Beginning Genealogy by Lena Harmon:
The most common question people ask when starting is "Where do I start?" Lena will answer the where and how to start and give the basics on what important information you will need to know such as where to go for resources and how to source your records, as well as options for storing the information you have gathered.

1850-1940 Census Records by Marti Roe:
You Can’t Do Genealogy Research Without Them OR Making Sense of Census Records. Have you ever wondered what information you can find on a census that will help you in your genealogy research? In this class you will learn valuable information on how to use the census to further your Family History Research. If you are old enough to be listed on the 1940 census, where were you and who gave the family information to the census taker?

Creating Family Stories from Research by Marian Kile:
If we don't have the details of our ancestor's live, we still can develop meaningful stories to capture what they might have seen or did during different times in their lives. Marian will show us where to begin, where to research and how to bring it all together.

DNA – Roundtable Discussion of DNA Testing and Experiences by Mike Witesman
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). 

FamilySearch FamilyTree Memories by Lena Harmon:
Lena will show you how to use the Memories portion of FamilySearch.org FamilyTree.  She will show you how to add pictures, stories, documents, audio, people and the find option in FamilyTree Memories as well as tag people in each of the Memories portions of FamilyTree. 

FamilySearch FamilyTree Partnerships by Lena Harmon:
This class is for LDS members only.  This class will show you how to create your partner accounts for Ancestry, Find My Past, and My Heritage.  We will go through the process of connecting your individuals in Ancestry.com to FamilyTree and how to use the functions of the partnership to further your research capabilities. 

Organizing Your Family History by Vicky Anderson:
For years, genealogists have created papers trails of all their searching in order to document and to keep everything straight. Although the current trend is to try and put everything online or on the computer, many still feel the need to have/save their hard copies. If you are floundering in stacks of documents or you know you have documents, but you just can’t put your finger on them, this 2 hour class will teach you how to organize all your information and documentation into an easy to manage, working, expandable organizing system. Be sure to bring a flash drive to class if possible.

Start Writing Personal Family Stories by Marian Kile:
Do you find it daunting to try to write a long family history? Do you already have a written family history but want to add stories about special memories? This class will help both the non-writer and the experienced writer in developing short stories that capture the essence of special family members or events. The focus will be on stories that are about 500 words long but the process can be applied to longer stories.

Survey Your Family Members in 2015 by Marian Kile:
There is no census information collected until 2020 but we can set up our own survey for 2015. Marian will show us how to set up our questions, contact our family members, and record the information for future generations.

Understanding Autosomal (at) DNA – (or Do I Have That Many Sixth Cousins?) by Mike Witesman
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, identify testing labs and explain the costs and benefits of testing. Will atDNA testing help me 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.  

Using Maps and Genealogy by Melinda Kashuba:
Maps are your best friends in genealogical research. With a map you can identify locations, measure distances between places, visualize an ancestor’s environment, study possible migration routes, assist in records analysis, and, most important of all: locate records. Events take place at a particular location, records are created at a certain location, and those records are housed at another location. This session introduces you to the variety of maps available for family history research and how to locate them.

USGenweb.org, Worldgenweb.org, & Rootsweb.com by Marti Roe
If you are new to family history, you may not be aware of these three free and older genealogy websites. These websites often have genealogy resources that are not available on more popular genealogy websites.

USGenweb includes free online genealogyhelp and information for everystate and countyincluding county and state histories, maps, research tips, some transcribed online records and links to state historical or archive databases. This site is well worth searching.

Worldgenweb is made up of worldwide volunteers that help researchers learn more about a specific region or area of the world. This site is small but there might be something of interest for you including maps and history of your country of interest.

There is a lot to cover in Rootsweb from learning how to post queries on mailing lists and message boards to online indexes, including the California death index. Learn how to search for your ancestors on ‘family tree’ and how to add ‘post-em’ notes. Submitted family trees on this site are not necessarily found on other genealogy websites and you can learn how to submit your own.

If there is time, we may even take a look at a few other genealogy websites not covered during this Heritage Faire including Native American Research and Cyndislist.com.

Included in the class handout will be a listing of other useful genealogy websites.