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Classes hosted by the Oakland FamilySearch Library are offered free of charge with an occasional small fee to cover the cost of handouts.  Pre-registration is required as classes may be cancelled when enrollment is insufficient. Pre-register at fhcoakland@gmail.com or 510-531-3905.

The Intermediate Genealogical Research Series presented by the California Genealogical Society is 10 week series costing $50 (includes syllabus).  Registration is now closed and no walk-ins are allowed.  All classes are taught in the Oakland FamilySearch Library.

The monthly African American Research Workshops are offered free and no pre-registration is required.



Class and Event Schedule

Date Title Teacher # wks Time




Mar 1 Intro to Roots Magic Miller 1    10:30A
Mar 1   Intro to Personal Ancestral File (PAF) Miller 1    1:30P
Mar 5 CGS* Intermediate Series (Land & Property Records) Johnston 6 of 10    10:30A
Mar 5 Intro to French Canadian Research Lindsey 1    1:00P
Mar 6 Intro to Ancestral Quest Eves 1    6:30P
Mar 7 Intro to Ancestral Quest Eves 1    11:00A
Mar 8 Using GEDCOM in PAF Miller 1    10:30A
Mar 8 Using GEDCOM in Roots Magic Miller 1    1:30P    
Mar 12 CGS* Intermediate Series (Seeking City Slickers) Johnston 7 of 10    10:30A
Mar 13 East Bay Genealogical Society Meeting
monthly    10:00A
Mar 13  MacGen Workshop George monthly     7:00P
Mar 13 Intro to Family Tree Severson 1     7:00P
Mar 15 Documentation in RootsMagic Miller 1    10:30A    
Mar 15 Documentation in PAF Miller 1    1:30P   
Mar 16 MacGen Society Meeting George monthly    1:30P
Mar 16 Intro to Ancestral Quest Eves 1    1:30P
Mar 19 CGS* Intermediate Series (Immigration & Naturalization)
Lindsey 8 of 10    10:30A
Mar 19 AAGSNC* Workshop - Louisiana Smith 1     6:30P
Mar 22 Using Search & Making Custom Reports in Roots Magic Miller 1    10:30A
Mar 22 Using Focus & Making Custom Reports in PAF Miller 1    1:30P
Mar 26 CGS* Intermediate Series (Reading Old Handwriting) Sellers 9 of 10    10:30A
Mar 27 Crossing the Pond - Help with German Research Jackson 1    1:00P
Mar 27 African American Research Workshop Collins monthly    6:00P
Mar 29 Using the Online Newspaper Resources of OFSL Sellers 1   10:30A
Apr 2 CGS* Intermediate Series (Solving Tough Problems)
Lindsey/Johnston 10 of 10    10:30A
Apr 10 East Bay Genealogical Society
monthly    10:00A
Apr 10 MacGen Workshop George monthly    7:00P
  • AAGSNC = African American Genealogical Society of Northern California
  • CGS = California Genalogical Society

AAGSNC Research Series - Historical Black Newspapers - Newspapers can provide incredible amounts of information that will help you in your research. An important aspect of researching black family history is that the major newspapers often did not publish items about members of the black community. Newspapers published by and for the black community stepped up to fill that void. Along with the kinds of things you'd expect -- births, marriages, deaths, military service, moves, hobbies, civic involvement, etc. -- you can also find stories specific to that community, such as personal ads searching for lost family members and historical reminiscences that include the names of former slave owners.

AAGSNC Research Series - Best of Websites for African American Research - With the array of subscription based websites for genealogy, it can get confusing regarding which ones have the best records for African ancestored genealogy research. This workshop will explore the major websites, what they offer, and how to effectively search them and limit results to your ancestors.

AAGSNC Research Series - Back Away From the Computer: You’ll Find More Offline - The online revolution in genealogy has been an immense help to researchers. On the other hand, it's caused many to forget about the millions of records that do not exist online. This workshop will cover what is available offline and how to access and research with these records in various locations.

AAGSNC Research Series - DNA Research - Genetic genealogy is a new and exciting trend in family research. This workshop will delve into the terms used, the tests available, and how to read the results you receive back from a company.African-American Research Workshop - Encountering challenges overcoming those brick walls while conducting your family's African American genealogical research? Unsure of which research strategies and techniques can assist you in locating your ancestors? Are you unable to conduct your research beyond the magical year of 1870, (the first year African Americans were enumerated in the U.S. Census)? If you said yes to any of these questions, then the African American Research Workshop (AARW) may be the remedy to your genealogical challenges! The workshop is scheduled the fourth Wednesday of each month. Instruction takes place during convenient evening hours; 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Individual assistance is provided from 8:00 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. No pre-registraton necessary!

CGS Intermediate Research Series - Cemetery Records - People are seldom buried alone. More often they are buried in plots surrounded by other family members. This class will focus on the kinds of cemeteries that exist and how to obtain and use their records. It will include some of the best internet resources for cemetery records.

CGS Intermediate Research Series - Church Records - This class will introduce the kinds of information kept by various churches. We will discuss how to find these records whether on the Internet, microfilm or still in the resident church.

CGS Intermediate Research Series - Newspaper Research - Often used as a last resort because there were no indexes and the only copies were located in libraries where your family lived, this resource is becoming an amazing tool for genealogists. This class will identify where to find newspaper sources, how to search them and provide up-to-date methods not only to prove, but to enhance your genealogical research.

Documentation in RootsMagic (hands on) - Documenting (or footnoting) your research is a vital part of being a good genealogist. This class teaches the fundamentals of documentation using the RootsMagic software program but the principles taught could be used in any program. Please bring a flash drive to class if you have one.

Eastern European Research Workshop - Instructor, Vera Broyles - This is a monthly workshop for those of Eastern European lineage who need to learn the tools available to locate their ancestral village and existing records whether on-line, on microfilm or available in the local area.  

Getting the Most from FamilySearch.com - FamilySearch is the genealogical website of the LDS Church. Among other things it provides access to the tremendous collections of the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, the growing collection of digital resources, and free research classes taught by experts. This class will teach you to access and use this amazing free resource.

Introduction to Personal Ancestral File (hands-on) - Instructor, Ken Miller - This is a hands-on introduction to the free genealogical data management program, Personal Ancestral File (PAF). It will cover how to open the program, entering data, documentation and adding pictures. There is no charge for the class but there will be a small fee to cover the cost of handouts.  We would appreciate pre-registration at fhcoakland@gmail.com or 510-531-3905 as the class is limited to 8 participants. Bring a flash drive if you have one.

Introduction to Roots Magic (hands-on) - Instructor, Ken Miller - This is a hands-on introduction to the genealogical data management program Roots Magic. It will cover opening the program, entering data, using templates for sources and notes, and adding pictures. The Webinar on Using RootsMagic will be included on the CD that will be given to participants. There is no charge for the class but there will be a small fee to cover the cost of handouts. We would appreciate pre-registration at fhcoakland@gmail.com or 510-531-3905 as the class is limited to 8 participants. Bring a flash drive if you have one.

Tips and Tricks for Getting the Most from Ancestry.com - A brief overview of the Ancestry tabs and some tips on using ancestry.com more effectively. The instructor will be using a personal membership to ancestry.com but the tips and tricks will also help you use a library or institution membership more effectively. NOTE: We will not be spending time on the Family Trees section of ancestry.com

Using the FOCUS feature in Personal Ancestral File (PAF) - Instructor, Ken Miller - This is a hands-on introduction to using the FOCUS feature of PAF.  Focus allows the user to sort a database by any field(s). For instance, one can sort out of the main database only those born in New York state between 1850 and 1875, and then make a custom report of those individuals.  When used effectively it can be a powerful and useful research tool. 

Using the SEARCH feature in Roots Magic - Instructor, Ken Miller - This is a hands-on introduction to using the SEARCH feature of Roots Magic.  Search allows the user to sort a database by any field(s).  For instance, one can sort out of the main database only those born in New York state between 1850 and 1875, and then make a custom report of those individuals. When used effectively it can be a powerful and useful research tool.


 

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