Logan Utah Family History Center/Class Descriptions

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Logan, Utah
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Descriptions of Classes Offered at Logan Utah Family History Center

For a list of current class descriptions and handouts that may not appear below, click on the underlined blue class Title on the Classes & Handouts page. You can download the handout to your computer or flashstick; or you can print the handout and take it to class with you.

  • Introduction to FamilySearch FamilyTree (Robert Curry, Instructor):
  • Description of the Class:  This is a series of four separate classes that provides an introduction to FamilySearch Family Tree.  Each class focuses on specific features of Family Tree and may be taken independently of the others.  The following is a brief description of each class:
    Family Tree – Introduction to Features, Navigation, and Where to get help and additional training (One Week)
    Family Tree – Adding, Editing, Deleting Information (One Week)
    Family Tree – Searching for and Recording Source Citations (One Week)
    Family Tree– Memories - Photos and Stories and Submitting Names for Ordinances.  Attendees should have access to images they can upload (flash drive or on-line)  (One Week)
  • The Beginning Path for FamilySearch/Family Tree (Luana Merrill, Instructor):
  • Description of the Class:
    1. Learn the differences between and the importance of Family Search and Family Tree.
    2. Learn navigation in Family Tree. The following will be covered: Drop down arrows, Hover, Detail Page, and the various icons on the home page and where they take you.
    3. Learn the recent information that has been added to Family Tree.
    4. If you have questions or problems in your branch of the family tree,
    you will learn four ways to get answers or help.
    5. Learn which classes to take next, as a beginner, and where and how to
    print handouts for classes you take.
  • Information about the Class:
    1. Those invited to attend: Beginners to Family Tree and those who
    teach Beginners.
    2. Sign in when you first come to class or come early to receive help getting registered. You will need an email address to register. If LDS you will also need your membership number.
  • The Excitement of Stories on Family Tree (Instructor - Luana Merrill)

Importance of Stories in Family History
How to Attach Stories to Family Tree
Short Stories verses Complete Histories on Family Tree
The Effect of Stories on Your Descendants

  • Pioneer Ancestors - A Discovery Adventure (Instructor - Luana Merrill)

Class presentation will include:
Your Pioneer Ancestors - the new list on Family tree
Additional Websites listing your Pioneer Ancestors
Using the FamilySearch catalog to find books of your Pioneer Ancestors
Creative Ways to use Pioneer Ancestors Information at Family Reunions

  • Find Cousins Using FSFT Descendancy View (Derwin Merrill, Instructor):
  • Description: Class members will learn how to select an ancestor to place in the "Primary Position" in the "Descendancy View", also how to navigate the Descendancy View in FamilySearch Family Tree, attach sources to your portion of the Family Tree, and reserve Temple Ordinances for Cousins born before 1904.
  • Skill Level: Beginning to Intermediate computer skills and ability to navigate Family Tree would be helpful.
  • Computer Basics (Stacie Gomm, Instructor):   This course will cover the basics of how to use Windows Explore or File Manager and using the Internet. We will cover the following:
          Copying and Moving Files
          Renaming Files
          Making New Folders
          Google Searches
          Saving Images from Google                                                                                             
  • Getting Started in Family Tree (Stacie Gomm, Instructor):  This is a two week course where we will cover how to use FamilyTree within FamilySearch. We will begin by covering how to navigate and add/edit information in FamilyTree. We will also go over how to source the information that has been entered in FamilyTree and submit names for the Temple. If time permits, we will go over how to upload photos and documents into their FamilyTree. We welcome all levels of experience, but just ask that participants come already having set up their LDS username and password. Moreover, they should know their username and password. Participants can attend just the first week if they would like. The second week will continue where we left off from the first week.
  • Mobile Apps (Stacie Gomm, Instructor):  Viewing Family Tree and adding digital files has recently gone mobile! Two new apps—FamilySearch Tree and FamilySearch Memories—now make it easy to connect with your ancestors wherever you are. You can swipe, pinch, and tap to view your ancestors who are in Family Tree and to add photos, stories, documents, and something new—audio files. We will review these apps during this course. Bring your mobile devices when you come to class. Demonstrations will be done on an iPad, but the Android App works very similarly.
  • Beginning Indexing (Von Taylor, Instructor):  For the person who has little or no experience indexing but would like to get started.
    What is an index
    Why should we index
    Minimal computer skills are needed but Internet is required
    How to get started
    Resources available for help
    Review of Basic Indexing Guidelines
    What does it take to be an excellent indexer.
    Who sees your work
    There will be hands on experience with the Indexing Software in class. We will all work on the same batch using “Share Batch”.
    A handout will be provided at the class.
    This is a one session class.
  • BSA Genealogy Workshop (Irene Burton, Instructor)
    Wolf: Achievement 11 "Duty to God" Section 11 (c) and 11 are completed in this class using family history as a way to support their faith. Class discusses LDS beliefs regarding family history.
    Bear: Achievement 8: "The Past is Exciting and Importing." Boys complete Sections a, d and g.
    Webelos: This workshop focuses on the "Heritage Belt Loop." The library gives an overview and introduction regarding family history and how it relates to their ancestors and helps the boys complete a basic three-generation family tree.
    Genealogy Scout Merit Badge: This workshop follows the Boy Scout Handbook and scouts are able to complete Sections 1,4,5,8 and 9 at the library. There is a packet with material used in the class which we can provide or the scouts can print from the Scout website. Boys are asked to do pedigree charts/family group sheets at home or come in for personal assistance
  • Young Women Family History Workshop (Linda Clark, Instructor):                                     Primary Girls up to age 11: "How Temple Work Blesses Families." Youth prepare a basic three-generation chart (names only), a family group record and share a family story. Class discusses LDS beliefs regarding family history.                                                                                                         Young Women ages 12-Up: Workshop focuses on Personal Progress booklet and it is a basic introduction to family history using the "My Family" booklet and website. It closely follows guidelines in the Genealogy Merit Badge booklet. Girls' participation can be used as either an "experience" or "Project."
  • FamilySearch Basic Indexing (Billy and Sherrie Jones, Instructors):  One-week class on the new indexing web site and basic indexing.
  • Family Search--Basic Introduction & Overview (John Burton, Instructor): This class is primarily an introductory overview and orientation for those who are new to Family Search. The class will cover "Why Family Search," what it is and isn't, as well as the purposes, parts, navigation and uses of Family Search. This is a one-week class.
  • Family Search--Search and Source Basics (John Burton, Instructor): This is a basic class on using the "Search" feature in Family Search/Family Tree.  It covers "Search" principles, analyzing documents/data, and attaching sources to individuals and families.  The primary focus will be on searching "Records."  Using "Tree Connect" to attach sources outside of Family Search/Family Tree "Search" will also be covered.  This is a one-week class.  Handout
  • Introduction to Danish Records (Irene Burton, Instructor): .This class is an introduction to records which are available and how to use them. It is for those who are starting out and do not have the time or are unable to take the multi-week classes offered. This is a one-week class.
  • Introduction to Swedish Records (Irene Burton, Instructor): This class is an introduction to records which are available and how to use them. It is for those who are starting out and do not have the time or are unable to take the multi-week classes offered. This is a one week class.
  • Ancestral Quest--The Logical "Up" to PAF (Robert Gerber, Instructor): If you enjoyed your PAF software, you will love Ancestral Quest. It looks and acts very much like your PAF program, but has many improvements and is fully certified to work with FamilyTree. There is no need to learn a new software program to connect your PAF data to Family Tree. This is a three-week class.
  • Ancestry.com: Learn what is available at Ancestry.com and how to search the site more effectively. This is possibly the best research database available. Make it work for you! Handout
  • Ayudando los hispanos en su CHF o barrio - Helping Hispanic Researchers in Your FHC or Ward (Jonathan Walker, Instructor): Como uno puede ayudar a los hispanos bajo de su responsabilidad hacer su investigacion genealogica. Covers how to help the Hispanic researchers who are under your care in your Ward or FHC to do their Family History research. This is a one-week class.
  • FamilyTree y su programa de genealogia - FamilyTree and Your Genealogical Software (Jonathan Walker, Instructor): Se trata como de organizar su informacion genealogica y como preparar los nombres para el templo. Covers how to organize your genealogical information and how to prepare names for the temple. This is a one-week class.
  • La investigacion genealogica hispana - Hispanic Genealogical Research Tracing Your Hispanic or Mexican Ancestry (Jonathan Walker, Instructor):
  • Family Search (Lynn Miller, Instructor): This class will teach you how to use Family Search as a research site. You will be instructed on how to use Family Search with several different search methods. This is a four-week class.
  • Family Tree (Lynn Miller, Instructor): This class will cover a mini-class on Family Search; instruction on Family Tree will include how to use the Source Box, how to add people, how to make corrections and how to merge possible duplicate records.
  • Family History Consultant Training: Overview of all the skills that are necessary to be a ward family history consultant. Introducing organization, searching compiled records, verifying and updating with today's technology, temple submission and sharing with others. A portion of this class will be used as a workshop for you to bring your questions and then to come up with solutions. [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~utcfhc/Ward_Family_History_Consultant.pdf Handout
  • Genealogy Boy Scout Merit Badge: Exploring your roots--where your family name came from, why your family lives where it does, what your parents and grandparents did for fun when they were your age--can be fascinating. Discovering your ancestors back through history is what genealogy is all about. You will learn basic terminology, some of the available tools, the role of computers, and how to record your information. For a worksheet go to: http://usscouts.org/mb/worksheets/Genealogy.pdf
  • Google: Learn how to use the Google.com search engine more effectively to find research records available online. Google is a most effective family history research tool. Find what you're missing from this great web site. Handout - PowerPoint Presentation
  • How to Write Your Personal History (John Clark, Instructor): How to organize, document, and write about the person you know better than anyone else in the world–YOU! Handout 1, Handout 2, Handout 3, Handout 4
  • use events & chronologies, sources, the research guide & to do list. Class Handout
  • RootsMagic: Step up to a better way to keep your family history data. Sync with new FamilySearch. This is a great program and you will be happy you switched. PAF is so out of date with today's technology that you need to change. Why not choose the best! This is simply the easiest and most logical program to use. Handout