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Additional services include personal research consultation, group instruction, and imaging services (scanning and family VHS transfer to DVDs)

Additional Services


  • Individual Research Consultation: Full time missionaries, administrative staff, experienced volunteers, and class teachers are available for individual help

  • Group instruction and facilities available to LDS, BSA and other groups for family history/genealogy related education and training.
    To make arrangements, contact Richard D. McBride, LAFSL Director, 310-474-9990


  • Imaging Services
    Photo & Document Scanners
                                          VHS Transfer Services (By appointment ONLY)
Transfer family VHS (non-professional) images to DVD



Numerous California Resource Websites





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Three Day Family History Courses: Basic & Advanced
  • BASIC Course meets January, March, April, May, July, August, September, November
  • ADVANCED Course meets February, June, October



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12 FH Lesson Binder






   3 Day  BASIC   Family History Course




DESCRIPTION: This 12 class basic course addresses topics such as essential research elements, understanding of vital record types, various search strategies, introduction and navigation in genealogical websites including familysearch.org and ancestry.com, and hands-on experiences associated with these topics. A recommended follow-up to this course is the 3 Day ADVANCED Family History Course offered three times a year.(February, June, October; see details below.) PREREQUISITES: NONE-- but those having limited computer or internet experience are encouraged to attend the Computer & Internet Basics classes held the Monday afternoon prior to the 3 Day Basic FH Course.
REGISTRATION: SPACE IS LIMITED - ONLY 24 SEATS. To sign-up for this course call 310-474-9990. You will need to give your name, an email address and telephone number. Enrollment is not finalized until payment is received. FEES: There is a $20 fee for the course which covers the cost of printing an extensive notebook of Powerpoint slides and hands-on Guides. If you cannot afford the fee, it may be waived.
Make your check out to LAFHL with the subject "Three-Day FH Basic Course" and send it to: LAFHL,10741 Santa Monica Blvd., West Los Angeles, CA 90025.

BASIC Course Months

January March April May July August September November

ADVANCED Course Months

February June October

JULY 2016

Computer & Internet Basic - Monday July 11, 2016

July 11 1 PM   Introduction to Computers
2 PM   USB/flash drives and Introduction to the Internet
3 PM   LAFHL Desktop
Example from "Putting Photos, Documents and Stories in FT" class

3- Day BASIC FH Course - Tues., Wed., Thurs. 8AM - 5PM

July 12 8 AM   Beginning Research/Organizing Family History
10 AM   Search by Surname
1 PM   Introduction to FamilySearch.org (FS) & Family Tree (FT)
3 PM   Finding Birth, Marriage and Death Records
July 13 8 AM   US Census Records - Computer Searches
10 AM   Putting Photos, Documents & Stories in FT
1 PM   Beginning Research/Organizing Family History
3 PM   Ancestry.com individualized lab
July 14 8 AM   Church Records
10 AM   Case Study A: Using FS source linker
1 PM   Case Study B: Building sources for documents not on FS
3 PM   Introduction to Indexing and Arbitration


AUGUST 2016

Computer & Internet Basic - Monday August 8, 2016

Aug 8 1 PM   Introduction to Computers
2 PM   USB/flash drives and Introduction to the Internet
3 PM   LAFHL Desktop
Example from "Putting Photos, Documents & Stories in FT" class

3- Day BASIC FH Course - Tues., Wed., Thurs. 8AM - 5PM

Aug 9 8 AM   Beginning Research/Organizing Family History
10 AM   Search by Surname
1 PM   Introduction to FamilySearch.org (FS) & Family Tree (FT)
3 PM   Finding Birth, Marriage and Death Records
Aug 10 8 AM   US Census Records - Computer Searches
10 AM   Putting Photos, Documents & Stories in FT
1 PM   Beginning Research/Organizing Family History
3 PM   Ancestry.com individualized lab
Aug 11 8 AM   Church Records
10 AM   Case Study A: Using FS source linker
1 PM   Case Study B: Building sources for documents not on FS
3 PM   Introduction to Indexing and Arbitration



SEPTEMBER 2016

Computer & Internet Basic - Monday September 12, 2016

Sep 12 1 PM   Introduction to Computers
2 PM   USB/flash drives and Introduction to the Internet
3 PM   LAFHL Desktop

3- Day BASIC FH Course - Tues., Wed., Thurs. 8AM - 5PM

Sept 13 8 AM   Beginning Research/Organizing Family History
10 AM   Search by Surname
1 PM   Introduction to FamilySearch.org (FS) & Family Tree (FT)
3 PM   Finding Birth, Marriage and Death Records
Sept 14 8 AM   US Census Records - Computer Searches
10 AM   Putting Photos, Documents & Stories in FT
1 PM   Beginning Research/Organizing Family History
3 PM   Ancestry.com individualized lab
Sept 15 8 AM   Church Records
10 AM   Case Study A: Using FS source linker
1 PM   Case Study B: Building sources for documents not on FS
3 PM   Introduction to Indexing and Arbitration


NOVEMBER 2016

NO Computer & Internet Basic in November

3- Day BASIC FH Course - Tues., Wed., Thurs. 8AM - 5PM

Nov 8 8 AM   Beginning Research/Organizing Family History
10 AM   Search by Surname
1 PM   Introduction to FamilySearch.org (FS) & Family Tree (FT)
3 PM   Finding Birth, Marriage and Death Records
Nov 9 8 AM   US Census Records - Computer Searches
10 AM   Putting Photos, Documents & Stories in FT
1 PM   Beginning Research/Organizing Family History
3 PM   Ancestry.com individualized lab
Nov 10 8 AM   Church Records
10 AM   Case Study A: Using FS source linker
1 PM   Case Study B: Building sources for documents not on FS
3 PM   Introduction to Indexing and Arbitration





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3 Day ADVANCED Family History Course


February June October


DESCRIPTION: The Three-Day ADVANCED FH course (12 classes) is designed to provide the general public, ward Family History Consultants, Family History Center volunteers, and members of the church, who already know the basics, with more advanced family/genealogical training. This course deals with more complicated, harder to locate record types like newspapers & obituaries, probate, land & property, and passenger & naturalization records. We also explore important research aids, working in FS Family Tree, learning strategies for solving brick walls, and doing hands-on activities associated with these topics. PREREQUISITES: Understand the basics of family history/genealogy research (be familiar with topics taught in the 3-Day BASIC course above.

Know how to work in a genealogical software program.
Be acquainted with www.familysearch.org-especially the FS catalog https://familysearch.org/catalog/search and Family Tree.
Be acquainted with www.ancestry.com.
REGISTRATION: SPACE IS LIMITED - ONLY 24 SEATS. To sign-up for this course call 310-474-9990. You will need to give your name, an email address and telephone number. Enrollment is not finalized until payment is received. FEES: There is a $20 fee for the course which covers the cost of printing an extensive notebook of Powerpoint slides and hands-on Guides. If you cannot afford the fee, it may be waived.
Make your check out to LAFHL with the subject "Three-Day FH Advanced Course" and send it to: LAFHL,10741 Santa Monica Blvd., West Los Angeles, CA 90025.

June 14 - 16, 2016

3 - Day ADVANCED FH Course - Tues., Wed., Thurs. 8AM - 5PM

June 14 8 AM   Death Records: Cemetery, Death Certificates, Etc. Part 2
10 AM   Newpapers & Obituaries
1 PM   Wills and Probates
3 PM   Google Searching
June 15 8 AM   FS Wiki - Online Family History Encyclopedia
10 AM   Locality Survey - Finding Records in FS, Ancestry and Beyond
12:45 PM   Duplicates & Merging & Fixing Relationships in FT
3 PM   Passenger Lists and Naturalization Records
June 16 8 AM   Land Property & Deeds
10 AM   Other Awesome websites: MyHeritage and Findmypast
1 PM   Brick Wall? Ways Over, Around, or Through: The principles taught in this class will apply to U.S. and foreign research. Part 1
3 PM   Brick Wall? Ways Over, Around, or Through: The principles taught in this class will apply to U.S. and foreign research. Part 2

October 19 - 21, 2016

3 - Day ADVANCED FH Course - Tues., Wed., Thurs. 8AM - 5PM

Oct 19 8 AM   Death Records: Cemetery, Death Certificates, Etc. Part 2
10 AM   Newpapers & Obituaries
1 PM   Wills and Probates
3 PM   Google Searching
Oct 20 8 AM   FS Wiki - Online Family History Encyclopedia
10 AM   Locality Survey - Finding Records in FS, Ancestry and Beyond
12:45 PM   Duplicates & Merging & Fixing Relationships in FT
3 PM   Passenger Lists and Naturalization Records
Oct 21 8 AM   Land Property & Deeds
10 AM   Other Awesome websites: MyHeritage and Findmypast
1 PM   Brick Wall? Ways Over, Around, or Through: The principles taught in this class will apply to U.S. and foreign research. Part 1
3 PM   Brick Wall? Ways Over, Around, or Through: The principles taught in this class will apply to U.S. and foreign research. Part 2







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Societies

British Isles Family History Society

LAFSL, CAAGS, & JGSLA Book Collections
  • 2016 Meeting Time & Dates: 4th Sunday; 12:30 - 5 pm; Jan 24, Feb 28, Apr 24, May 22, Jun 26, Jul 24, Aug 28, Sept 25, Oct 23, Nov 27
  • Website: www.bifhsusa.org
  • Description:


California African American Genealogical Society (CAAGS)

  • 2016 Meeting Time & Dates: Saturday 9:00am - 12 pm; April 23, July 23
  • Website: http://caags.org/
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Jewish Genealogical Society of Los Angeles (JGSLA)

  • 2016 Meeting Time & Dates: Sunday 12:00 - 5:00 pm; April 10, Oct 16
  • Website: http://jgsla.org/
  • Description:


LA West Side Genealogical Society

  • 2016 Meeting Time & Dates: 3rd Tuesday; 7:00 - 9:00pm; Jan 19, Feb 16, Mar 15, Apr 19, May 17, Jun 21, Jul 19, Aug 16, Sept 20, Oct 18, Nov 15
  • Website: http://www.lawgsweb.org/
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Nordic Society

  • 2016 Meeting Time & Dates: 2nd Saturday (Odd #ed months); 2:00 - 4:00pm; Jan 9, Mar 12, May 14, July 9, Sept 10, Nov 12
  • Website: http://nordicgenealogy.org/
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Polish Society

  • 2016 Meeting Time & Dates: 4th Saturday 12:00 - 4:00pm; Jan 23, Mar 26, May 28, Jul 23, Sept 24, Nov 19
  • Website: http://pgsca.org/
  • Description:



Sons of Liberty (Sons of American Revolution)

  • 2016 Meeting Time & Dates: Saturday 10:00am - 12:00pm; Feb 27, Jun 11, Aug 27, Nov 5
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Other Societies - meet sporadically

  • Daughters of American Revolution (DAR)
  • Jewish Genealogical Society of Conejo Valley - Website: www.jgscv.org
  • Mayflower Society