Mesa AZ FamilySearch Library

2016 Family History Conference

Red Mountain Institute

Time:  9:55:00 AM - 10:55 AM
1 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 an 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
2   Janet Foster
3 Beginning Genealogy - Do It Like the Pros How to get started or be more efficient in your genealogical pursuits:  where to keep your information, using internet trees and/or personal databases. Emphasis will be made on using the Research Cycle and a Research Log. Darlene Brady It Like the Pros Outlines.pdf
4 Newspapers 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. Deanna Johnson
5 London Research Many of our ancestors migrated from all over England in the early 1500's to London and other large cities.   Learn about what records are available and where and how to find them in London. Melba Preece MAJOR INDEXES.pdf
6 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
7 US Civil War History and 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
Time:  11:05 AM - 12:05 PM
8 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 handout.pdf
9 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
10 DNA This will cover which companies offer testing, contraindications to DNA testing, illustrations of using the tools at the websites, and results from a number of people who have found relatives (and some surprises) doing DNA testing. Steve Packer
11 Roots Magic 1 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
12 French Canadian Research Focusing on the century your ancestors were living, we will explore the various government, church, and newspaper records that exist. Chuck Filteau Quebec.Handout.pdf
13 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
14 Swedish Research Part 1 - US Records Irish genealogy research has unique challenges due to destroyed and missing records, multiple jurisdictions, and the commonality of names. Many useful records still exist and more Irish information is now accessible online than ever before. Learn what steps to take to focus your search for Irish ancestors and locate the records that will help you to optimize your research success. Martha Hewett
Time:  1:00 PM - 2:00M
15 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  
16 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 Quick StartDoc.pdf
17 Using Land Records   Suzanne Brayer
18 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
19 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
20 Mesa FSL 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. Jean Wharton
21 Swedish Research Part 2 - Swedish Records Swedish genealogy methods as births, deaths and marriages with analysis of the Household Exams in identifying families.  Other records also include military and probate records.  Historically Sweden has some of the most complete records of most European countries! Martha Hewett HEWETT ASU 2016 SWEDISH RESEARCH.pdf
Time:  2:10 PM - 3:10 PM
22 FamilySearch Basics FamilySearch is much more than “The” Family Tree. The class is an overview of many features of this powerful program for researching, compiling, and documenting your family history. Learn how to take advantage of the full FamilySearch experience including adding sources, documents, photos and more. We will briefly highlight many of the features so you will be more comfortable exploring and learning in depth how to use this program. Janet Foster
23 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
24 I do I did I Died - Using Court Records in Family History Research Court records come in many forms such as wills & probate, deeds &indentures, taxes, civil & chancery records, court orders and other records maintain by the county or city court. This course addresses these records and how to use the record book indexes effectively. Dr. Melanie Sturgeon Court Records & terms.pdf
25 Roots Magic 2   Marsha Ortiz No Handout
26 Researching Italian Records   Massimo Franceschini No Handout
27 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
28 Spanish Research The class will be bilingual, as last year. The class will focus on, developing a plan where to focus your search, where to look first? Evaluate what materials you have.  Pilar Felix búsqueda de Nuestras Raíces.pdf
Time:  3:20 PM - 4:20 PM
29 Canadian Research - Non-French   Laverne Aitichson Your Canadian Ancestors Handout.pdf
30 Preserving Family Photos and Records Many of us have treasured digital photographs,  family photographs that go back to the 19th century, old letters, diaries, journals and family bibles. Unless we actively work to take care of and preserve these materials, over time many of them will deteriorate. This is especially true of born-digital materials which are inherently fragile. This presentation looks at best practices for preserving your family records in a variety of formats. Dr. Melanie Sturgeon
31 Evaluating Evidence - What does that Document Really Say?   Suzanne Brayer
32 Native American Research Learn how to research Native American Ancestry. Sources for research the National Archives,  Using FamilySearch Wiki "American Indian Research"  Emerson Mose
33 Moving Records from to FamilySearch   Scott Ryan No Handout
34 Afro-American Research Research for African American roots is the same as any other research in the United States of America, but there are some additional challenges associated with finding names of people during the period of slavery. After slavery ended, there is the challenge of last names. Joyce Reese McCollum
35 Our National Archives Census, military, immigration and more - learn what records come from our National Archives and where to find them online. Denise Crawford