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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 Workshop - Louisiana - The Louisiana Workshop is a working evening for those who are doing research in Louisiana or just getting started with research there. All levels are welcomed. We highly encourage those who attend to have began a 4 generation pedigree chart and have a binder for handouts available.

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 - Finding Country Cousins in Land and Property Records - Land records are often the only records that can be found to prove the link between generations. This class will cover several types of property records, maps, and gazetteers, providing tips on finding and using these records, and demonstrating their value with a few case studies.

CGS Intermediate Research Series - Seeking City Slickers in Lesser-Known Records - City residents were frequently renters and transients, so standard land records may not be very useful. This class will cover related records (such as tax lists, city directories, and fire insurance maps) that can provide a surprising amount of evidence. In addition, we will take a brief look at the various membership societies that have arisen over the years and the records they have created.

CGS Intermediate Research Series - Immigration, Passenger Lists, Naturalization, Passports - Once you find your immigrant ancestor the research tools change. Finding information here in the U.S. to assist you is the first step. This class will identify resources and provide tools and strategies to help you make the leap to another country.

CGS Intermediate Research Series - 'Reading and Transcribing Old Handwriting of Colonial America - Many researchers give up when they encounter records still in the original handwriting. However, some simple understanding of the way letters were made and evolved between the 1600's and the 1860's can turn the illegible into the readable. This class will identify those logical changes and also the generally accepted rules for transcribing original records into typescript.

CGS Intermediate Research Series - Solving the Toughest Genealogy Problems - This final class in the series will talk about techniques for research when all the usual solutions don’t work. We will discuss developing a plan for solving those end-of-the-line situations.

Crossing the Pond: Getting Started with your German Research - Instructor, Dr. Robert Jackson - The main question facing anyone studying German ancestry is, "Where did they come from?" But it's not enough to know that they were from Prussia or Bavaria or Baden. Accessing the incredibly rich documentary archives in Germany requires that you know the name of their village. Focusing on the great wave of German immigration from 1840 to 1900, this class will outline the numerous resources available that can help you narrow the search for your ancestors' place of origin. We'll also touch on the special challenges posed by the spelling of German surnames and place names and by the movable feast of German geography in the 19th century. Finally, we'll glance ahead to the main issues involved in accessing archives and records in Germany.

Documentation in RootsMagic (hands on) - Instructor, Ken Miller - 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.

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

Introduction to French Canadian Research - Instructor, Jane Lindsey - Informal discussion of French Canadian research. Come learn the basics of French Canadian names, history, basic research techniques, internet sites, etc. This class is for the beginning researcher with French Canadian ancestry.

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.

Using the FOCUS feature in Personal Ancestral File (PAF) (hands-on) - 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 GEDCOM to Import and Export Records in PAF (hands-on) –Instructor – Ken Miller - GedCom is the universal language of genealogy programs. The genealogist will use this whenever he wishes to share a file with another researcher or upload or download information from the internet to or from his own program.

Using GEDCOM to Import and Export Records in Roots Magic (hands-on) – nstructor – Ken Miller - GedCom is the universal language of genealogy programs. The genealogist will use this whenever he wishes to share a file with another researcher or upload or download information from the internet to or from his own program.

Using the On-line Newspaper Resources of the Oakland FamilySearch Library - Instructor, Janice Sellers - The Oakland FamilySearch Library provides several subscription newspaper research sites for our patrons but on-line newspapers require some knowledge and expertise to research effectively.  Janice has the experience and knowledge to open this tremendous source of information and help focus a search on the ancestor and time period of interest.

Using the SEARCH feature in Roots Magic (hands-on) - 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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