Oakland California FamilySearch Library/Class Schedule

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4766 Lincoln Avenue
Oakland, California

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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.

Class and Event Schedule

Date Title Teacher # wks Time

May 9
Introduction to Roots Magic (hands-on)
May 10
Ashes to Ashes, Dust to Dust: What's buried in cemetery records
May 14
East Bay Genealogical Society Meeting
May 14
Mac Users Workshop
May 15
New Family History Consultant Training
Buss & Olson
May 16
Correct documentation in RootsMagic by using Sources and Notes. Miller       1 1:30P
May 17
Youth Ancestry Proj. Alameda Co.

May 17
Concord Stake Relief Society Group

May 28
African American Research Workshop Ward monthly   6:00P
May 31 New Family History Consultant Training
Buss & Olson     1 9:30A
May 31 Youth Ancestry Proj. Alameda Co.
May 31
Mac Gen group Meeting
George  monthly 1:30P
  • 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!

Documentation Using Roots Magic 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 Roots Magic 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. 

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 6 participants. Bring a flash drive if you have one.

New Family History Consultant Training Class – Instructors, Sisters Buss and Olson, experienced genealogists and teachers serving in the Oakland FS Library. - When consultants are trained they become empowered to reach out to their wards and branches to help members find family names for temple work. However, technology has changed everything about family history research from the sources we have available to the way we submit names to the temple. All consultants called to work in their wards and/or to work in Family History Centers are invited to attend this new class to help you become comfortable with the many resources at FamilySearch/Family Tree and thereby to help you magnify your call. Classes will be held in the computer classroom at the Oakland FamilySearch Library on Temple Hill. Please call or e-mail the Library to reserve your seat in one of these hands-on classes. 510-531-3905 or fhcoakland@gmail.com

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