Oakland California FamilySearch Library/Class Schedule

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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.comor 510-531-3905.

Coming in February

The California Genealogical Society will be sponsoring a series titled

Beginning Genealogy: Skills for Successful Research

Has the time come for you to: Learn more about your family’s place in history? Verify family stories? Get past dead ends on your family tree? If you have answered “yes” to any of these questions, you may want to attend a series of 4 classes designed to provide beginning family historians with the skills needed for successful research.
Beginning Thursday, February 6, this 4 week series of beginning classes will meet 10 am-12 noon in the Oakland FamilySearch Library in the multimedia classroom. During this series of hands-on computer oriented classes the students will focus on individual family research goals and developing effective research plans. There will be short homework assignments each week to practice new skills.
By the end of the series, participants should be able to:
• Determine which records to look for
• Identify where to find the records
• Document the results of the search
• Evaluate the records for reliability
A guided tour of the California Genealogical Society’s Library at 2201 Broadway, Oakland will be arranged at the end of the class series where you will find books, periodicals and resources to support your ongoing genealogy research. Registration

Class and Event Schedule

Date Title Teacher # wks Time

Jan 8 East Bay Genealogical Society Stevens monthly 10:00A
Jan 8 Mac Users Workshop George monthly  7:00P
Jan 15 FamilySearch/Family Tree - What you need to know Severson     1  7:00P
Jan 21 Beginning Evernote - Digital organization of Research Mattson     1  7:00P
Jan 22 African American Research Workshop Ward monthly  6:00P
Jan 25 Mac Gen group Meeting George monthly  1:30P
Jan 27 Daughters of Utah Pioneers Workshop Severson     1 11:00A
Feb 1 Documenting Research in Personal Ancestral File Miller     1 10:30A
Feb 4 Computer Basics I Holley      1  7:30P
Feb 6 Beginning Genealogy Series - Class 1 of 4 Brett/Schwarz weekly 10:00A
Feb 9 San Francisco Bay Area Jewish Gen. Soc Meeting Frankel monthly 12:30P
Feb 11 Using the Search Feature of Roots Magic Miller      1 10:30A
Feb 12 East Bay Genealogical Society Stevens monthly 10:00A
Feb 12 Mac Users Workshop George monthly  7:00P
Feb 13 Beginning Genealogy Series - Class 2 of 4 Brett/Schwarz weekly 10:00A
Feb 14 Using the FOCUS feature in PAF (hands-on) Miller   1 10:00A
Feb 16 Black Family History Day Open House AAGSNC    1 1-5:00P
Feb 20 Beginning Genealogy Series - Class 3 of 4 Brett/Schwarz weekly 10:00A
Feb 22 Mac Gen group Meeting George monthly  1:30P
Feb 25 Using the FOCUS Feature of PAF Miller     1  2:00P
Feb 26 African American Research Workshop Ward monthly  6:00P
Feb 27 Beginning Genealogy Series - Class 4 of 4 Brett/Schwarz weekly 10:00A
Feb 28 Using the SEARCH Feature of Roots Magic Miller     1  2:00P
  • SFBAJGS = San Francisco Bay Area Jewish Genealogical Society
  • AAGSNC = African American Genealogial Society of Northern California

African American Research Workshop - Instructor, Genealogist Alvis Ward Jr. - This is an ongoing free hands-on research workshop comprised of African Americans, also referred to as Black or Afro-American, or those who harmonize with Sub-Saharan Africa, with ancestry, citizenship, or residency in the United States. The workshop is an interactive exchange of research tools, methods and systems, and discussions necessary for progress at individual levels of family histories and genealogies impacted by the 16th Century removal of Africans to America as slaves. No pre-registration is required. For additional information E-Mail :nextleveldna@gmail.com

Beginning Evernote (hands-on) – Instructor, Bonnie Mattson - Evernote is an organization tool for all kinds of media, and text of all kinds, i.e., articles on the Internet, your own personal notes that can be written in the program itself. It has countless applications to life organization and is great for research notes. Everything is searchable by key words for easy access. This class is a beginner's, hands-on class designed specifically to help you begin using Evernote to digitally organize your genealogical research material. Please go to evernote.com, register and set up an account before coming to class. Follow the prompts, it is easy!

Beginning Genealogy Series - "Skills for Successful Research - Instructors Pam Brett and Lavinia Schwartz, CGS Research Specialists - The hands-on 4 week series sponsored by the California Genealogical Society is designed to teach the beginning researcher the skills needed for finding, organizing, and evaluating sources.  There is a fee for the series.  Follow the link for futher information and registration. Registration

Computer Basics I - Kim Holley - This hands-on class is designed for the computer beginner. Learn how to get around your computer (the desktop, the mouse, windows), learn to create and move files and folders and to use a flash drive.

Documentation Using Personal Ancestral File (hands on) - Instructor, Ken Miller, Associate Director OFSL - Documenting (or footnoting) your research is a vital part of being a good genealogist. This class teaches the fundamentals of documentation using the PAF software program but the principles taught could be used in any program. Please call (510-531-3905) or E-mail (fhcoakland@gmail.com) the FHC to preregister.

FamilySearch/Familytree - What You Need to Know - Instructor, Ralph Severson, Director OFSL -FamilySearch is the genealogical website of the LDS Church and Family Tree is the portion of the website for sharing ancestral lineages.  This amazing website is fast becomming the number 1 geenalogical website in the world.  Comes see how to get the most from it. 

Intro to Roots Magic (hand-on) - Instructor Ken Miller, Associate Director OFSL - 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 PAF (hands-on) – Instructor, Kenneth Miller, Associate Director OFSL) – The FOCUS feature allows you to generate a list of individuals who meet a specific criteria. For instance, the genealogist has ordered a microfilm from a church in a small town in Pennsylvania; FOCUS allows him to generate a list of individuals in his database who resided in that area. Need a list of ancestors alive in 1930, FOCUS helps you find them. Learn to use this powerful tool. Preregister at fhcoakland@gmail.com or call 510-531-3905.

Using Online Historical Black Newspapers for Genealogical Research - Instructor, Janice Sellers - Many historical black and abolitionist newspapers are available online, with more being added. Most are on subscription sites, while some are free. This class gives an overview of the roles of black newspapers, discusses what is online and where it is, suggests access strategies, and shows sample search results.