Saturday, February 23, 2013
The conferences have been very helpful with classes ranging from beginning to advanced genealogists and family historians. We look forward to the wonderful day.
All posts following this post are from years past. Take a look and get an idea of what lies ahead.
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Tomorrows the day. Hope you can make it!
Registration at 8:00
Following our keynote address by Glenn Rawson,(see the post below for more information about him) there will be five different classrooms where instruction will be held, as well as some displays helping you understand other aspects of genealogy not addressed in a formal class. The classrooms and the classes held there are divided as follows:
Classroom #1: Basic Genealogy Series
A. Are There Special Rules in Genealogy? by Dave/Manja Midgley. Actually, yes, and this class will help you follow them. Putting commas in the location field or do I need to put in "USA" are just two of the questions you may be asking. This will answer many more for you, and help you understand the "why's" behind the rules.
B. If You Want This .... Look Here by Dave/Manja Midgley. Want to know someones birth date? You probably won't find it in a father's will, but there are a lot of places it may be found. This class will share where information is most likely to be found including places you may never have thought to look including high school or college student records. A very useful class.
C. You Know Their Names - Do You Know Their Story? by Dave/Manja Midgley. Using the genealogy software, you can add all different kinds of events into a family members individual data, creating a timeline that can help you get to know and understand your ancestor more completely. This class will help you get to know so much more about your ancestor if you implement what is taught and gather all information and include it.
D. Genealogy Software Programs - Which One Do I Choose? by Dave/Manja Midgley. Well, that is totally a preference call, but in this class you will learn the real gems of each different affiliate program and you will be able to make an informed decision.
Classroom #2: Computer Sills - hands of series (held in the computer lab) first 27 to sign up will be allowed to work on a computer. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A. Where Do I Start - by Karen Chatland. A beginners class to help you know exactly how to get started for the beginning genealogist as well as the different events you can add to your data or information. Giving you suggestions on how to become successful right of the bat.
B. Basic Computer - by Carol Meinhardt. We have had so many people comment that the computer scares them. We have added a class that will just focus on the computer and how to use it for your best benefit. Very little will be taught about how to do genealogy in this class, but will focus on how to use this great tool called a computer.
C. Blogging Basics - by Allyson H. Wood. What better way than to go through your files, confirm your information is correct, and then getting it out there to share. Class one will focus on the basics of getting a blog online and show you just how easy it is to do. We will discuss how to make your blog easy to navigate, as well as ways to coordinate working with others to publish information there. A good working use of the computer and scanner will be helpful in understanding the class but not mandatary to get you excited and "blogging" your own family site.
D. Advanced Blogging - by Allyson H. Wood. Don't miss part one, because this is a continuation, not a repeat. We will discuss how to link to your other blogs, move posts to a different location, and my favorite way of accessing all my family links on a blog meant for quick retrieval. We will discus a couple of easy html codes not found in blogging software that you can add to make your blog more appealing. We will share more information to help personalize your blogs, and how to add your document links to the sources in new.FamilySearch. Prepare to learn how to have hours and hours of fun, for a very worth while purpose.
.......... Clean up FS Form.
.......... "Prove It" Blog - must be imported into blog after it has been set up.
Classroom #3: Verify/Digitize Series (computer lab) first 27 to sign up will be allowed to work on a computer. Email us at email@example.com. We have been called the "Verify and Digitize Generation". As we work together, and share our documents and information more quickly and easily, others will not have to trace the same steps you have walked. They can, instead, move forward into less travelled or undiscovered territory.
A. Photo and Document Scanning and Editing -by Mike Bringhurst. Using free software, lear n how easy it is to scan your files, label them and share them digitally. How great would it be if everyone could share their old photos and precious documents with everyone in the family and basically for free.
B. new.FamilySearch [part 1] - by Tom and Cindy Urban. The Church sponsored program is ever changing and has so much to offer. Get to know your way around it, its purpose and how to help get "the book of life" correct and up to date.
C. new.FamilySearch [part 2] - by Tom and Cindy Urban. You may have had no idea how much genealogy help there is at this site, and you may be surprised by how much new is coming all the time. This class is not a repeat of the previous hour. It continues on to help you discover this amazing tool.
D. Indexing - by Loreta Whicker. What a blessing you indexers are in the lives of the genealogist and those deceased! It is you that makes it easier to find our family names and have success as we research. Come learn how to index so that you, too, can experience the great Spirit of Elijah.
Classroom #4: Record Groups and How To Use Them Efficiently - a bit more advanced classes
A. Scandinavian Research by John and Linda Larsen. There are a few things you will need to know as you look for your ancestors from Denmark, Sweden and other Scandinavian areas. This class will give you hints and sites that will help you along the way. A must attend for anyone searching these areas. Once you learn the basics of researching from this class, you should be ready to get right in and start looking for records of your own.
B. Filing Basics/Starting Right - by Dean Wood. A class that will bless the novices life, but also those who have found themselves needing some suggestions on how to make their storage work better for them.
C. It's Here: The 1940 Census - by Gordon and Carolyn Casper. All census are a bit different and this one is a goldmine of information. However, knowing a bit about how to maneuver through it will help you find your family and the information you seek.
D. But I've Already Checked the Church Records! by Gordon and Carolyn Casper. Now where do I go? Church records are often the most viewed records for information about life events but there are many other places you can look. This class will focus on other resources available in the United States and England.
Classroom #5: What's Next? for the genealogist who is pretty comfortable and ready to branch out.
A. The Hidden Resources of FamilySearch.org by Claire V Brisson-Banks. FamilySearch.org has much to offer everyone who visits, online databases, online classes, online help, discussion areas, a research wiki, blogs, tech tips, a catalog, guides to help one research and so much more. This live online session will step through FamilySearch and take a look at the often not noticed resources available to help locate one's ancestors.
D. British Isle Research: by Julie Hammond. Time to go across the pond and get your feet wet in England and surrounding area? This is where you will want to start. This class will alleviate much of the fear you may experience as you begin looking through British records in your search to find more.
Not taught but handouts included: Deciphering Handwriting - by Vivian Rowlette. If you have seen the transition of writing through the years, you will know that it is a bit difficult to read old script. There are some great helps, that will be shared in this class, to help you be able to more easily read it. Learning some of the basics taught here will be a blessed tool to possess.
Monday, February 27, 2012
Saturday, September 17, 2011
Now that the conference is over, we want to share a few photos of the events of the day. So many willing hands, and such great talent shared made the conference a huge success.
"Ask a Pro" was something new this year. Attendees came with questions
Thursday, June 16, 2011
Plans are well underway for our local family history conference being held in Fillmore, Utah on September 17, 2011 from 9 am to 3 pm. It will be held at the Millard High School and some wonderful classes are being planned.
Stop back by in a month or so and the classes will be listed.
Registration for the conference can be done by simply filling out the form on the left. Be sure and scroll down so that the entire form can be filled out and submitted.
If you are later registering you are still very welcome to come. The early registration is so that we will be able to print a syllabus out for you. If you register late, you will most likely not receive a printed syllabus but we are planning on putting it online and you can download the information from each class from the link [we will put on this blog once it is available].
We look forward to seeing you there.
Saturday, June 4, 2011
9:00 - 10:15 am Opening Session in the Auditorium: President and Sister Ed Pinegar
10:30 - 11:15 am
- Responsibilities of Priesthood Leadership in Family History - Monroe/Robison
- Photo Scanning and Editing - Mike Bringhurst
- Pioneer Research - Karen Chatland
- Introduction to New FamilySearch - Tom Urban
- Are You Buried Under a Mountain of Paper? - Cheryl Waterfall
11:30 - 12:15
- Family History Consultant Training - Max & Ruth Seamons
- Using Your Family to Write Histories, Women of Faith, Men of Valor - S & M Jacobson
- Hitting Brick Walls - Julie Hammond
- Basic Research, Notes and Sources - Manja Midgley
- I Have Images, Now What? - Cheryl Waterfall
12:15 - 1:45 pm Lunch in the Lunchroom
1:00 - 1:45 pm
- Descendency Research - Ruth Seamons
- Add Life and Color to Family Histories and Books - Roger and Moana Wilcox
- Google Earth - Julie Hammond
- Basic Affiliate Programs for New FamilySearch - Dave Midgley
- The Fact Ma'am, Only the Facts - Jeanie Timm
2:00 - 2:45 pm
- How To Use and Contribute to Find-a-Grave - Karen Shurtz
- Newspaper Research - Vivian Rowlette
- Scottish Research - George Richardson
- Introduction to New FamilySearth - Tom Urban
- Be a Desktop Detective - Jeanie Timm
2:50-3:00 pm Evaluations and gifts
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Saturday, October 9, 2010
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
Beginning/Pioneer Ancestry Research by Karen Chatland R.N., BSN, MS. Karen was born and raised in Utah. Married Clyde R. Chatland, they have three married children. By profession, is an RN - career Chief Nursing Officer of several large Corporations. Her job has provided opportunities for living in Utah, Texas, Illinois, and Missouri. She vowed that when she retired from nursing she would seriouly pursue Family History and Genealogy.
Beginning genealogy is fun, exciting and rewarding. You will be ready to embark on a journey of Discovery, Adventure and Mystery. Your discovery will begin in gathering information from home sources. Your adventure will be in utilizing Pioneer, Utah and other valuable internet sites. You will encounter mystery as you go your own Pioneer trek. Our goal is to find ancestors names and perform Temple Ordinances for them.
Pictures for Your Pedigree by Mike Bringhurst. Mike Bringhurst has spent the last six years as the ward family history consultant and loved every minute of it. That is, except for the times when he feels like he has not been able to answer a question about family history. He volunteered to be a Family & Church History Worldwide Support missionary in 2008-9. His calling was to provide phone support for the New Family Search system. It was a great
Family History for Kids by Marilee Lewis. "When is the best time to start doing family history work with my children?" "Where do I start?" "HOW do I start?" The answers: "Now," At the beginning" and "With them." Genealogy For All ages will offer games, activities, stories, and practical suggestions for involving your entire family in family history work.
Google Earth: Land and Migration by Julie Bliss Hammons. Google earth is free and it can be very helpful – and fun – in locating ancestors, sorting them out from people of the same name, locating their records, and tracking their migration. Learn how to use this tool of Google and you will be amazed at what you may find.
• The importance of Maps and Land Records in your Research-
◦ How to find other family members-
◦ Find when your ancestor arrived and/or left an area-
◦ Understand Geography and its importance in your searches-
◦ Learn how to Download Google earth-
◦ Tour your ancestors neighborhood-
◦ Save your searches in a folder-
◦ Share your searches with family-
◦ Set up a migration track and use a virtual tour
◦ Locate cemeteries-
◦ Use 'Street View' to take a virtual tour of your ancestors land-
• Use commercial and .jpg maps with Google Earth-
• Use those descriptions to “fly” directly to your ancestors property-
- Serious evaluation of what you have
- Family traditions a stepping stone or stumbling block
- Creating and using timelinesUsing the - 1850 census records
- Finding under-used records [city directories, tax lists, etc]
- Cluster Research - the magic bullet
- Local and online libraries
- Historical Societies
- Records Checklists for more complete searches
- Value of a Research Log
- Free online websites
- Finding others who are searching your family.
Organizing Your Records by Dean Wood. Dean has lived with family history for most of his life, (on the kitchen table, on the couch, on the bed), but somewhere along the line he was bitten by the bug. He was raised in St. George and moved with his little family to Delta 24 years ago. With his engineering and business background he realizes the importance of getting your information organized. He has tried a few different systems and believes this system can work for most people. Come and see how easy it can be.
Family History Cookbooks by Desiree Rhoades. So often our stories and recipes are lost as generations pass away, but with research, organization and writing you can ensure this doesn’t happen in your family. A family memoirs that focuses upon such memories is a wonderful way to preserve some of your families history, and you can ensure that you never forget some of your most comforting moments in life. This class will help you learn the steps necessary to make an heirloom cookbook.
8 Sources for Successful Searching by David Larsen. David Larsen is a long time resident of Hinckley, Utah. David was born in Brigham City where he shares that one common thread with all nineteen of his aunts and uncles. Smitten with the genealogy bug about five years ago he has traversed the state of Utah, visiting family history libraries, county court houses, public libraries and the back rooms of local newspaper businesses. He loves walking through cemeteries looking for ancestors old headstone, time-worn and vigilant in their silent guard. David and his wife Marg work at the Delta Family History Center. He loves family and family history especially anything Scottish.
The Perfect Gift: A Spiritual Foundation for Family History with 16 Steps to Take When Beginning new.familysearch by Tafta Watson Whether you are just beginning or have been working in family history for decades, we all need a spiritual lift. Come get a spiritual boost to help you start or to keep going in family history work. We will also cover how to work in a logical order in new FamilySearch. If you are just beginning, it will give you a direction to take. If you are skilled in new FamilySearch, it will give you a road map to help others.
Indexing by Amy Wright. Amy began doing record extraction in 1988, writing the information
Writing Your Life Story by LaWanna Peterson. We have been placed on earth to learn. Our first question about anything we are trying learn is usually, "Where do I start?" Genealogy begins with that question. The experts tell us, "Start at the very beginning . Start with you.
Searching LDS Records by Gordon Wright. The objective of this session is to give the participant an overview of various records relating to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It will include a discussion of various sources including: ward membership records, minutes of ward and stake meetings, Church census records, the Early Church Information File and the Journal History of the Church and so on. There will also be a brief discussion of Endowment House and early temple records. Some examples will be shown and discussed
Census Help: Hints & Tips by Pam Chapman
Sourcing - The Often Missed Vital Step by Allyson Wood Allyson has been doing genealogy work since she was 14, full time for the past 17 years. Lucky enough to come from a family that believes strongly in this work she has been locating family names for her aunts, uncles and cousins to take to the temple. Two of her favorite life experiences were her 4 week trip to Switzerland in 2006 and a cemetery trip to Kentucky with her husband. She has a firm testimony that the Lord will help this work move along and that it is, indeed, the greatest and grandest work we can do.
The Google Genealogist by Vivian Rowlette Vivian Rowlette is a family history fanatic. If you don't want your ear talked off, don't ask me a family history question. :) She has served as the director of the Delta Utah Family History Center, and is currently a ward consultant and a trainer for the Delta FHC. This class will teach how to narrow the search from thousands of hits to five or so relevant hits. We will also cover error messages, alerts and definitions.
Monday, June 14, 2010
July 1, 2010
Power point is a tool to present information in a slide show format. You can use text, charts, graphs, pictures, sound effect, etc.
When making the slides ... show them with bullets. Less is more on a slide show. Too much information on a single slide becomes unreadable, especially when it is projected on a big screen for a large audience.
1. Present your content in the form in the form of four or five bulleted points per slide.
2. Let your bullets be visible. Try to use font size 18-24.
3. Don's let each bulleted point be too lengthy. Limit it to six words in one line use short sentences.
4. Try to restrict it to six lines in a slide.
5. Contrast the text with the background.
6. To highlight certain import information, present that text in a larger font size ....
- Don't make it too animated.
- When presenting your power pointer is not a teleprompter.
- Don't commit the cardinal sin of reading out your slides word for word.
- Power point slides are to be used as a visual communication aid. If the audience needs to make notes of important points, provide handouts after the presentation. This ensures the audience is listening instead of taking notes.
- Go slow - don't rush through your slide show. Give about 30 seconds to two minutes for the images on your slide show to make an impact.
- Practice, don't make the first presentation to your audience. You should do the entire presentation by yourself. See how it flows and how long it takes.
Sunday, June 13, 2010
AF = Ancestral File
FAQ = Frequently Asked Questions
FS = Family Search
NEW.FS = New Family Search
PAF = Personal Ancestral File
PERSI = Periodical Source Index
RIN - Computer generated number for individuals
Temple Ready - is now replaced by new.familysearch. It means checking the IGI and new.familysearch for ordinances already done.
B = birth
M = marriage
D = death
Bu = burial
Chr = Christening [not LDS blessing]
Class taught by Allyson H. Wood, Jan 2009