Mesa AZ FamilySearch Library
2016 Regional Family History Conference
Peoria AZ North Stake



  9:00AM to 9:45AM: Opening Remarks: Director Sherril Harmon KeyNote Speaker: Charles Shults  

9:55 AM to 10:55 AM

Class Title Class Description Presenter Handouts
Whats New in FamilySearch is the largest free genealogy website currently available. The website has been constantly changing as new icons, searching techniques, source views, ability to add memories and work from and IPhone or tablet have improved the site's abilities.  Some of the latest updated features will be discussed along with a description of how to stay in the loop of what is new and where you can learn how to use the new features. Edith Haws Intermediate Class: Teaching the overview of the website and how to navigate.  Learn to find new information by clicking on the “hints” (leaves) and verifying sources, documents and photos.  Learn to use the Pedigree View and Family View to identify the relationships of your ancestors to each other.  Review your preferences in viewing your Tree and Privacy Settings for your convenience.  Learn to use the Search variables to finding new information.  Share your tree with others.

Janet Foster
Beginning your Family History - Do It Like the Pros How to get started and be more efficient in your genealogical pursuits: getting organized, where to keep your information, using internet trees and/or personal databases, finding records, and where to get help.  Emphasis will be made on using the Research Cycle and using a Research Log. Darlene Brady Beginning.your.FamilyHistoy-Handout
Hear Ye, Hear Ye! Newspaper Searches Reveal Ancestor Info! Using historical newspapers gives us the ability to see the national, community and personal events as they were happening in the lives of both famous and ordinary people. There is more than the obituary – newspapers can tell us about accidents, crimes, births, marriages, anniversaries, organizational events and more. Learn tips on how to access historical newspapers. Chris Seggerman  
Using the Internet from Home This class is intended to present tools and websites that can be used from home 24/7 to do US research. The user can find much of the desired information for free. If desired, there are a couple of subscription sites that may aid in the research. There are over 300,000 websites on the internet that can be helpful, but it only takes a few to get results. Charles Shults Researching.on.Internet.Home-Handout
US Civil War History & Genealogical Records Presentation about researching the Civil War ancestor; emphasizing the importance of military records as research tool for furthering genealogical research in general, and obtaining more details regarding the Civil War ancestor in specific. Includes fascinating and unique historical facts and statistics related to the Civil War as a research tool for furthering genealogical research. These Civil War facts are presented primarily in relationship to the common Civil War soldier, so as to provide hints and clues, research tips and analytical approaches. Robert Wilbanks IV Civil.War.Research-Handout
Moving Records from Family Search to Roots Magic December 8, 2015 Ancestry announced it was retiring Family Tree Maker Software. An agreement with RootsMagic to connect Ancestry with the RootsMagic software by the end of 2016.  RootsMagic can serve as your desktop family tree software, with access to Ancestry hints, Ancestry searches, and the ability to save your tree on Ancestry Katie Gertz FamilyTree to Roots Magic
   11:05 AM to 12:05 PM

Class Title Class Description Presenter Handouts
Wiki: The Ultimate Family History Research Tool This class is basic for beginners but also appropriate for those with higher skills and needs. All the information in Wiki relates directly to family history. Wiki teaches how to begin, organize, find help, solve problems on all levels, and gives links to thousands of other sites and databases. Wiki contains information on specific types of research, including advanced searches. Filled with information and examples, Wiki is essential for successful researchers of any skill level. Wiki is The Ultimate Family History Research Tool! This class will show Wiki's diversity and teach how to utilize it to achieve your family history goals. Carma Lee Ellingson The.Wonderful.Wiki-Handout
My Heritage This is a basic class suitable for those beginning to learn about Family History.  In the class, learn how to most effectively use as a valuable tool to assist in finding and documenting your ancestors.  Learn how to navigate within the website and take advantage of SuperSearch, Record Detective, Smart Matches, Record Matches and Instant Discoveries. Jeanne Koniuszy MyHeritage-Handout
Using DNA Results in Your Family History Searches This class explores the types of DNA tests available, the costs and what can be realistically expected with the results.
-We explore the Y-chromosome, Mitochondrial and Autosomal tests.
-We explore the results from actual people from Tucson.   
Steve Packer DNA-Handout
Roots Magic Basics This class is an overview of the bells and whistles found in the RootsMagic genealogy program.  Learn how to make genealogy fun and interesting and share with others.  Learn how to use it for descendancy research, internet research as well as how to share information with FamilySearch Family Tree. Kathy Percy No Handout
Genealogy on your IPAD This class demonstrates various tools and ways you can use your iPad to further your genealogy research. Use the tools shown on Genealogy Road Map to share your results with family members. Katie Gertz Genealogy.on.IPAD-Handout

-------12:05 to 12:50 PM LUNCH--------

1:00 PM to 2:00 PM

Class Title Class Description Presenter Handouts
Opportunities Galore This is a basic class suitable for beginners who have good computer skills.
Have you been frustrated looking for Temple work needed using the Descendancy feature in Family Search? Would you like to find additional records to clean up duplicates, etc. in Familysearch? Then this is the class for you.
In this class, you will learn what an “Opportunity” is and how to recognize those “OPPORTUNITIES” in Familysearch descendancy view. Then you will use the powerful search features of to capture those opportunities.
The class will explain how to get a free LDS account, how to upload several generations at once, how to “Compare people” between; “Add relatives” and how to “View an Individual in Familysearch” from your tree and finally how to save the new people you find to Familysearch.
Wallace Haws Opportunities.Galore-Handout
German Research This class we give the basic requirements to begin your research, what background information is critical to a successful search and where it can all be sourced.  We will look at the multiplicity of German record sources and how they can be found and utilized for a successful search. Steve Packer German.Research-Handout
Maps are a Must   Jean Lavendar Maps.are.a.Must-Handout
Electronic Records In today’s world of genealogy, it is important to maintain your records electronically on your personal computer. This class will emphasize how to organize and maintain your multimedia files to effectively document events in the lives of individuals in your family and facilitate sharing your information with others. Lynn Melville No Handout
Finding Your Ancestors in England and Wales Introducing the kinds of records available to find ancestors in England and Wales: census, civil registration, church records and probate.  Also discussed are several websites that offer records online Denise Crawford England.and.Wales-Handout
Find A Grave This is a basic class suitable for those beginning to learn about Family History.  This class will introduce Find A Grave, how to use the website and what the value is to the family historian.  We will demonstrate how to use the website and show what the different options are within the website.   Learn how you can become a contributor.  We will cover searching, linking, correcting, and submitting information to existing memorials as well as how to create a new memorial for family members.   I love Find A Grave and after you become familiar with this wonderful website, you will, too. Jeanne Koniuszy Find.A.Grave-Handout
   2:10 PM to 3:10 PM

Class Title Class Description Presenter Handouts
FamilySearch Basics Teaching the overview of the family tree and how to navigate.  Learn to standardize names and places and why it’s so important.  How to use the research help, especially hinting, sourcing and data problems? Learn to search records on FamilySearch and their partners such as Ancestry, MyHeritage, etc.  We will go over the different tree views of Landscape, Portrait, Fan, and especially Descendancy view. Janet Foster FamilySearch.Basics-Handout
Mesa Family History Center Website This overview of the Mesa FamilySearch Website will provide you with the knowledge to search for your ancestors in America and many Foreign Countries.  There are links for multiple websites both free and for a fee. In addition, there is instruction on how to research in many countries and more. Come and see what you have been missing. AlRhetta Anderson Mesa_Website-Handout
Using Court Records in Family History Research Many of our ancestors appear in records created by the courts, yet few family history researchers use them. Criminal and civil cases, marriages, divorces, land partitions, water disputes, naturalizations, inquests, guardianships and probate cases can be rich sources of information that cut across class, race, gender and economic situation. Learn about courts and the information held in their records that might just help you break down that proverbial brick wall. Dr. Melanie Sturgeon Using Court Records
Writing About Family Members, Places and Events Discussion includes the family experiences that offer rich material for writing and will share strategies for beginning the process, including an easy hands-on activity that will get participants writing about a memorable family member, place, or event (so please bring paper and pen or laptop).
Participants will respond in writing to a series of questions designed to generate concrete details about family stories. After recording these details, participants will be invited to share their writing with the group. In turn, the group will be encouraged to offer constructive feedback that will help writers develop their writing further.
Dr. Duane Roen Writing.Family.History-Handout
Researching Italian Records Churches, libraries and archives in Italy house an extraordinary number of genealogical data and historical records that bring to life an immense history of Italy from the middle age until today. As indexing will become more effective, doing research until 1808 it will be easier, but since that day is still away, the vital key for searching family names is knowing how to locate the records, read them and understand them. Knowing Italian customs will help a lot in searching and understanding the records. A new way to do a genealogical research in your home even for the old records is available.
Massimo Franceschini
    3:20 PM to 4:20 PM
Class Title Class Description Presenter Handouts
Moving Records from to FamilySearch

You’ve created family trees in FamilySearch and you have one in  Now you want coordinate both trees so that you can exchange details between the two trees. How do you keep them both synchronized?

Gordon Mulleneaux  
Preserving Family Photos & Records This is a basic class suitable for those beginning to learn about family history. Dr. Melanie Sturgeon Preserving.Photos-Handout
The National Archives Census, military, immigration and more - learn what records come from our National Archives and where to find them online. Denise Crawford National.Archives-Handout

Ideas for Climbing Over the Brick WALL   Jean Lavendar  
Native American Research Learn how to research Native American Ancestry. Sources for research the National Archives, Using FamilySearch Wiki "American Indian Research" Emerson Mose  

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