Oakland California FamilySearch Library/Class Schedule
|4766 Lincoln Avenue|
|Tue-Wed: 10:00 am – 9 pm|
Thu-Sat: 10:00 am – 4 pm
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
|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||Importing & Exporting Files Using GEDCOM in PAF||Miller||1||10:30A|
|Mar 8||Import.& Export.Files 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||
|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||
|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 - 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.
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 email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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) - 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.