September 15, 2012
Ogden Family History Conference
Weber State University Shepherd Union Building
First Session 10:00-11:00 following Keynote Speaker
1. newFamilySearch.org vs. Family Tree: What, Why & When?....Ron Tanner
In this class we will discuss in a very open forum about the Our Tree model for FamilySearch Family Tree and how and why we are evolving new.familysearch.org to have an effective open system that moves towards genealogical correctness. Come and understand the concepts and provide feedback and reaction. You can still have influence on the future. This class will attempt to answer all your questions on how Family Tree will fix the problems and help us have a great shared genealogical tree. We may also let it slip when everyone will be moving to Family Tree… come and find out.
2. The 30 Second Genealogist: How to Find Genealogy Answers You Want Now....Barry Ewell
Find, access, and explore genealogical resources quickly. Develop, expand, and sharpen your genealogy research skills. Discover clues to trace and explore your family ties. Quickly identify which record collections to search first. Learn to find and use specific country, state, and county records, and much more… the source for the presentation is MyGenShare.com
3. Basic Sources, 1775-1815....Arlene Eakle, PhD, AGC
This "nuts and bolts" session will discuss the six basic record categories and how they fit together to prove a family tree: I) Marriage Records, supplemented by Births and Deaths where available, 2) Census Schedules, 3) Probate Files, 4) Cemetery Records, 5) Land and Tax Records, 6) County and Local Histories. Also included: substitute evidence when these basic sources are missing. Beginning-Intermediate level.
4. Too Many with the Same Name....Karen Clifford, AG
Today's family historian is confronted with a new problem. Computer searches can generate too many potential ancestors. Learn to meet this flood of unevaluated output head on. By setting defined goals, applying human logic and establishing an ancestor's "core" identity, you can distill the relevant facts into reliable information and share those results with confidence.
5. How Do I Start My Family History Research?....Doris Bateman
This course is designed for those beginning their family history journey. We will discuss an organized approach to research, including: finding records in your own home, interviewing family members, and organizing the information you find into a detective kit. We will explore how to find the online records and physical records that will help you find your family, use a research log, and record and evaluate your findings and sources.
6. Loops, Dups, & Oops! Oh My! nFS Ancestral Relationships....Amanda Terry & Samantha Sulser
Are incorrect relationships appearing for your ancestors in new FamilySearch? This class will help you with tips on what you can do to correct these relationships, how to avoid them in the future, along with other resources and suggestions.
7. FamilySearch Wiki....Fran Jensen
67,000+ articles and growing. About 1,000 new articles are added each month. Learn some of the tips and tricks for using the Wiki to find the information that will help you with your own research.
8. Ten Powerful “Search” Features in the FamilySearch.org Search Engine (Pt1)....Phil Dunn
Are the “results” you obtain in FamilySearch not specific or accurate? Are there ways to customize your searches to help you find ancestors in FamilySearch’s vast system databases? Come on a journey of discovery to find ways to help you simplify your search experience in FamilySearch.
9. Roots Magic 5: Family History Made Easy....Mike Booth
Get a brief overview of the newFamilySearch system, and then discover how easy it is to access this new system from inside your RootsMagic software. Learn how to find people, sync (share) your data (in both directions) between RootsMagic and newFamilySearch, and find out what the future holds for software applications accessing this new system.
10. Meyers Gazetteer: Gateway to Germany....Warren Bittner, CG
See the layout and structure of the indispensable Mayer's Gazetteer. Learn to interpret its many abbreviation and crosee-references. Learn to use it to find levels of jurisdictions.
11. What’s new in Ancestral Quest 14....Gaylon Findlay
Ancestral Quest is the commercial program from which PAF 5 was derived. It feels like an updated version of PAF, which is familiar to most genealogists in the LDS Church. Learn to use dozens of new and improved features in AQ which are not part of PAF 5. (Note that the features dealing with newFamilySearch will not be discussed in this class. Those capabilities are taught in a separate class.)
12. Binding Generations Through Family Stories....Eleanor C. Jensen
This class will teach you how to recognize, find, write and organize stories from your family that teach a lesson and will become a guiding beacon to family and descendants while binding generations together. The result of this effort is an ever expanding book, making your family stories readily available to your family. Taught from an LDS perspective.
13. FamilySearch Indexación....Carolina Aranda de Espinoza
El objetivo de esta clase es motivar y enseñar cómo usar correctamente el programa de indexación."
A) INTRODUCCIÓN: Analizar la importancia, propósitos de un proyecto de indexación. El principal propósito de la indexación es poner los registros a la disposición del público [de formato electrónico], de modo que las personas encuentren a sus antepasados.
B) PASOS A SEGUIR PARA INDEXAR:
1) Cómo comenzar.
2) Cómo descargar un Lote.
3) Revisar las instrucciones de un proyecto.
4) Definir el Número de Registros.
5) Ingresar información correctamente.
6) Control de calidad.
7) Cómo enviar el lote.
C) PAUTAS BÁSICAS DE INDEXACIÓN: Estas son instrucciones que se aplican a todos los proyectos y pueden disiparse las dudas que se presentan durante la indexación.
Second Session 11:15-12:15
14. Family History Consultants: Keys to Success and Working with Leaders in the Work of Salvation....Steve Brey
For family history consultants and leaders; presents a new view of family history and how consultants can be a resource to leaders in missionary work, teaching the gospel, retaining new members, and reactivation.
15. Fifty Google Searches Every Genealogist Needs to Know....Barry Ewell
Search the internet like a genealogist. Learn 50 of the most effective search queries that you, as a genealogist, can use to find what you want when you want it.
16. Binding Generations by Involving Youth in Family History from Research to the Temple....Eleanor C. Jensen
In this class we will follow an English family found in the census, check civil records, visit Family Search, organize information into colored generational folders, enter data, and clear the names for the temple in 1 hour! This integrated approach will demonstrate how to invite youth (and elders too) into the fascinating world of family history.
17. FamilySearch Made Easy with Roots Magic....Mike Booth
Don't miss the chance to learn about the latest version of the RootsMagic family tree software, taught by its creator. Whether you are a beginner or an experienced genealogist, see the new features which make the #1-selling LDS genealogy software even better.
18. “I Didn’t Know That!”....Joanne Hanson
Often I am asked at the Ogden Family History Center, simple questions concerning some aspect of research. When the individual gets an answer, even when they are quite knowledgeable, the most common response is, “I didn't know that!”. Just a little explanation or a tip can help us with our research. Education is a must in family history research and it doesn't have to be something big although it may be, if not known by the researcher ahead of time. Tidbits can relate to naming patterns, handwriting, immigration, military records, the calendar, census and LDS records to name a few. You might even be heard to say, if you attend this session, “I didn't know that!” or share one of your own.
19. Destroyed and Missing Records: Getting Past Burned County Records....Karen Clifford, AG
Learn about other records and methodologies available to the researcher when the courthouse in which your ancestor’s papers should be recorded has burned.
20. Grandma’s Flak Jacket - Why Your Children Need You to Tell Them About Their Family History....Janet Hovorka
Why would your children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews want to know about their family’s heritage? And how do you share it with them so that they are interested? The benefits illustrated in this class include emotional healing from understanding the past, inspiration from knowing the greatness in your heritage, the perspective of knowing what was sacrificed for you, and knowing you are part of a greater whole. You are going to want to go home and start sharing and this class will get you started.
21. Using FamilySearch Family Tree (Pt1)....Debbie Burnett
This class will focus on how to navigate in Family Tree, the new program replacing newFamilySearch.
22. Ten Powerful “Search” Features in the FamilySearch.org Search Engine (Pt2)....Phil Dunn
Three Classic (England & Early American) Case Studies to Dramatically Enhance Your “Searches” in FamilySearch
23. German Territories & Maps; You Can’t Do Research Without Them....Warren Bittner, CG
Germany has had frequent and significant boundary changes. Learn about the 300 independent territories that have now merged to become modern Germany and how to find their records.
24. Migration from the British Isles to New England, New Netherlands, and the American South Before 1850....Arlene Eakle PhD, AG
Documenting original settlers to New England, New Netherlands, Virginia, and Pennsylvania. Special attention is focused on the Irish, the Germans, the indentured servants, the "brides" and British-sponsored religious migrations. Also included is migration through the West Indies to New York, Virginia, and the Carolinas. New indexes and special projects will be highlighted.
25. Swedish Research Online....Bradley Marchant
The Swedish class is concerned with online Swedish research. We will go over the basics of Swedish records, online repositories, and some Professional methodologies. Pros and cons of the various family history programs will also be discussed. A case-study showing research only conducted from online sources will be a part of the lesson.
26. Creating Connections with DNA - a Step-by-Step Guide....Diahan Southard
This class will cover the basics of using DNA testing in your genealogy. We will cover Y chromosome DNA (YDNA), mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA), and even a bit of autosomal DNA. You will learn what can and what cannot be learned through DNA testing, who should be tested, and what to do with the results once you have them.
27. Nuevo FamilySearch (Parte 1)....Juan Balderas Nápoles
La Parte 1ra. toca los conocimientos más básicos sobre Nuevo FamilySearch--un sistema de herramientas y otros recursos informáticos accesibles vía WWW (la ‘telaraña mundial’ del Internet) sin costo o cuota y sin obligación. Esto incluye su razón de existir y la manera en que cualquier persona puede acceder al sistema para buscar información sobre sus antepasados. Parte 1 contiene también una reseña abreviada de la manera de utilizar el sistema y las maneras de recibir ayuda con preguntas sobre la operación y las normas de Nuevo FamilySearch.
Third Session 12:30-1:30
28. Writing Your Personal History....Emil Hanson
This session will teach individuals how to write their personal histories in such a way that their children and descendants will want to read them. It will also make the project fun for the writer. “After all, all we really are is our story.” That statement from the movie, 'Australia', becomes absolutely true after we are dead and gone. This session will be taught by Emil O. Hanson, Director of the Ogden Family History Center
29. Intro to Indexing....Kris Jackson
Service in Slippers – FamilySearch Indexing
This is not your typical genealogy class! Contribute to this important volunteer effort from the comfort of your home taking less than 15 minutes. This fun class taught by Kris Jackson from FamilySearch will teach you about getting started, handwriting helps, the tools of indexing, and tips and tricks that will help you succeed with indexing. Learn about what has been called “the Greatest Generation” as we index the 1940 Census. Beginners through advanced indexers will gain additional knowledge from attending this class.
30. I Found my Tree Online, Why Do I Need Family History Software?....Arron Wheeler
This beginning class will answer the question, “Why do I need my own database on PAF or another program?” It will also provide you with an overview of the some of the main family history programs.
31. Organize in Color (Pt1)....Joanne Hanson
Have you always wanted to create a family history book (or two) using all the paper copies that you, your mother and grandmother collected and preserved? I did, too. Especially after I began to document and make copies of my own. Yes, I can put them into a computer file on my flash drive, but could my children, grandchildren and great grandchildren plus grand and great, read and handle the pages as they do with other valuable and historic books. Now that I have, they are being read, remembered, and shared with other extended family members. Color coding makes it a simple organizing system, come see.
32. Think Your Family history is All Done? - Try Cousin Research (Pt1)....Sam Lower
Has much of the temple work on your family lines already been done? Open the temple doors to your relatives by searching for those who are easy to find—your ancestors’ children and grandchildren who have not yet had their ordinances completed. Find out how and why in this two hour presentation.
33. Branches Genealogy....Mike Miller
This class will introduce BRANCHES, a revolutionary new genealogy and family history software program for Windows. Branches is a patented, fully featured personal genealogy program that uses a graphical approach to show all of your genealogy on one screen. It is similar to Google Maps in that you can zoom down into your family history data and see all relationships, all data and all multimedia all in one place. The software was designed for both casual and serious genealogists. It is simple and intuitive and can be learned by a non-computer literate person in less than an hour. The class will demonstrate the power and depth of the software and by the end of the class, the participants will be able to not only fully understand the software but will be able to use it with very little outside help.
34. Find a Grave....Barbara Lewis
Barbara will demonstrate the important features of Find-A-Grave that show why this online site is becoming a great genealogical resource. There is more to this project than meets the eye. She will show you how interaction with Find-A-Grave can be fun, while finding the burial records of your kin.
35. England - Beginning Research: Civil Registration, Census & Church Records....Margo McKinstry
Using the research process, we will explore the three most important record groups: Civil Registration (1837-present), Census records (1841-1911) and Parish Registers (pre-1837). These records, accompanied by search strategies, will open numerous possibilities for discovery and help family history researchers trace their ancestry back through time.
36. FamilySearch Facebook Pages....Fran Jensen
Getting the research help you need through the FamilySearch social media options. Ask a research question, or help answer someone else’s question on Facebook and Skype Chats.
37. Spanish Research (taught in English)....John Walker
This class will cover the basics of doing research in countries that speak the Spanish. It will be taught in the English language.
38. Pitfalls to Avoid in Online Genealogy Research....Karen Clifford, AG
Have you been trapped in the muddy waters caused by online postings of your family tree? Genealogists are lured to free web site space for publishing what they think is true. Public pedigree builders make it quick to link to the work of others which while easy to access, is often incorrect, or lacking enough evidence to decide. How to honestly see what’s “out there” for the good it contains, but then learn to evaluate and make a plan to record the truth.
39. FamilySearch Family Tree (Pt2)....Debbie Burnett
This class will focus on searching and sourcing in Family Tree.
40. Nuevo FamilySearch (Parte 2)....Juan Baldaras Nápoles
La Parte 2da. toca las funciones más comunes que el sistema aporta, tales como—buscar datos aportados previamente sobre sus antepasados difuntos; agregar nueva información que no se ha aportado antes; coordinar los datos aportados por más de una persona sobre el mismo antepasado finado; comunicarse electrónicamente con otras personas que están estudiando el mismo antepasado muerto; y para miembros de la Iglesia de Jesucristo de los Santos de los Últimos Días--efectuar las ordenanzas vicarias en el Templo SUD que sus antepasados muertos no recibieron antes de morir.
41. Top 20 Lessons Genealogists Need to Know....Barry Ewell
Whether you are a beginner or a 40-year-veteran in family history, learn what genealogists from around the world consider to be the top 20 lessons every genealogist should learn and how to effectively apply these lessons in every day research.
42. Playground Rules for Genealogy Collaboration on the Internet....Janet Hovorka
The internet creates an exciting gathering place where we can find distant cousins and fast friends to help us research our family tree. It’s never too late to play by the rules and have fun. Be sure to follow these three basic safety rules and you’ll have a great time.
43. Legacy Family Tree Overview....Leonard Plaizier
Millennia Corporation's Legacy Family Tree genealogy software is popular among both novice and advanced researchers. See an overview of the software with tips on how to use it more effectively.
44. Documentation Made Easy....Doris Bateman
This class will help you learn in simple language why documentation is important and how to do it. We will discuss the changes in vocabulary and thinking concerning notes, sources, citations, and information; understand the meaning of original and derivative sources, primary and secondary information, and learn how to document your sources using genealogy software and in your own software and FamilySearch Family Tree.
45. newFamilySearch Made Easy with Ancestral Quest....Gaylon Findlay
Ancestral Quest is the commercial program from which PAF 5 was derived. It feels like an updated version of PAF which now also works with New FamilySearch (NFS). Learn how to match your PAF 5 or AQ records with the corresponding records in nFS individually, as families, or as other selected groups. Learn to compare your data side-by-side with the data in nFS, and easily exchange data between your local file and the data of nFS. Learn to upload records to nFS, or import data into your personal file from nFS. Learn to reserve LDS temple ordinances and track their progress.
46. Family Tree, the Next Step....Edith Reeves
This class will compare new FamilySearch and Family Tree. We will also discuss the pedigree in Family Tree and the information that is available there. We will talk about how to move around, to see ancestors or descendants. We will view the information on the Ancestor Card and the Ancestor Page.
47. Netherlands Internet Research....Don Koldewyn
This workshop will provide a brief overview of several online Dutch national, provincial/regional, and city genealogical websites and how to navigate the sites. Time may be provided to actually search for participant family names.
48. AncestorSync: The Best of Both Worlds....Andrea Schnakenburg
AncestorSync makes it possible to easily keep your online and desktop databases in sync with each other. Whether it be computers in your own home or across the globe or with your online database. Now you can have the best of both worlds and not have to worry which database is most up to date.
49. Scotland: Beginning Research - Civil Registration, Census & Church Records....Margo McKinstry
Civil Registration (1855-present), Census (1841-1911) and Church records (pre-1855) can open doors for finding your Scottish ancestors. Indexes prove invaluable, and Scotland’s own reasonably-price web site is full of digitized images to help with search strategies. Researching in Scotland can be a rewarding adventure.
50. Organize in Color (Pt2)....Joanne Hanson
A continuation of Class 31, Organize in Color.
51. Finding American Birth, Marriage, and Death Records Prior to 1900....Arlene Eakle PhD, AG
If your ancestor lived before vital statistics were kept, where can you find his birthdate? This session will focus on those American sources prior to 1900 which yield birth, death, and marriage dates. Also included: How to calculate dates from known information and vital records computer databases.
52. Think Your Family history is All Done? Try Cousin Research (Pt2)....Sam Lower
A continuation of class #32
53. FamilySearch.org Parte 1 en Español....Luis y Marta Quintana
En la primera clase hablaremos de la capacidad que tiene el programa FamilySearch, cómo podemos aprender usando los recursos--wiki, cursos de investigación y los Fórums de discusión. También mencionaremos el programa de indexar (indexing) y cómo utilizar el Blog para noticias y eventos de Historia Familiar.
54. Supercharge Your Research: Cut 10 Years Off Your Learning Curve....Barry Ewell
Learn how to find your ancestors faster with substantially less road blocks, when you see your family in the times and seasons of their generation. We will explore several simple, but very effective methods for creating a roadmap that you can follow, update, and change as you research your family.
55. Danish Research on the Internet....Annie Strawn
Did you know that Denmark has put their national records online at no cost? Unfortunately, the website is a little difficult to use unless you speak Danish—or take this class which will teach you all the tips you need to know to navigate the website and find your Danish ancestors.
56. FamilySearch Forums....Fran Jensen
70 Forums with research help coverage from Africa to Oceania and many more. Success stories from the Forums will help you understand how you can use the Forums to help with your own research. You can also help someone else by answering questions posted by others..
57. Family Tree, What Can I Do Here that I Could Not Do in newFamilySearch?....Edith Reeves
New items will be noted – like the Watch list and the History. We will demonstrate adding a source and discuss using the folders to store sources you have created. We will edit and delete information and see how 'Restore' works. We will demonstrate unlinking an incorrect relationship and other newly added capabilities.
58. Submitting LDS Temple Ordinances....Ed Williams
Turning Family History into Temple ordinances: Making peace with my ancestors before I have to meet them. This is a class about creating a Family Ordinance Request Form which will be used to create temple cards.
59. Magnifying Glass Wide-angle Lens or Telescope Charts to Visualize Your Family Tree....Janet Hovorka
The visual presentation of a family’s history can be a powerful communication and research tool for the genealogist. Charts can be used to record and collect information or move data off the computer screen for further interpretation and new research directions. Charts can also display what you have accomplished and explain your research to others by location, relationships and timelines. This class will teach easy ways to create various kinds of charts, large and small, and how you can use each type of chart to enhance your research.
60. British Descendancy Research....Bradley Marchant
The British class is concerned with finding descendants of families from about 1770-mid 1900's. It will focus on searching standard genealogical sources for England: Church, Civil Registration, Census, and Probate records. This class will work with the family reconstitution principles. One case study deals with 6 women (all first cousins!) of the same name, all born within 8 years of time in the same parish.
61. newFamilySearch Made Easy with Legacy Family Tree....Leonard Plaizier
Millennia Corporation's Legacy Family Tree genealogy software is popular among both novice and advanced researchers. See an overview of the software with tips of how to use it more effectively to synchronize with newFamilySearch.
62. Preserving our Heritage Through Oral History....Ben Reeves
A discussion of what oral history is, what are it benefits, what are the elements of a good oral history, some problems that might arise from an oral history interview, techniques that can help make your interviews better, and types equipment available and how to best use them.
63. SharingTime - Making nFS Easier and More Efficient....Andrea Schnakenberg
Learn how to increase your productivity using Sharing Time (TM), a new tool from Real-Time Collaboration, that integrates into the FamilySearch (TM) website.
SharingTime allows you to: Quickly link to and auto-search dozens of internet resources; E-mail collaborators in seconds; focus your research on ancestors that are closest to being ready for temple work; see where your ancestors lived; and identify individuals without parents Learn how you can use SharingTime to your advantage!
64. Becoming a Professional Genealogist....Tristan Tolman AG
Learn about the requirements and skills necessary to become certified as a professional genealogist.
65. FamilySearch.org (Parte 2) en Español....Luis y Marta Quintana
En la segunda clase abundaremos más en la utilización del programa FamilySearch y mostraremos ejemplos.
FAMILYSEARCH WORKSHOP – “ASK AN ADMIN”
New this year – Need some help with a tough, tangled newFamilySearch problem? Sit down with a professional from FamilySearch for 20 minutes of personalized help. Our “Ask an Admin” workshop will give you the opportunity to receive the one-on-one help you need. To sign up, email email@example.com. You’ll receive a confirmation e-mail assigning you an appointment time along with further instructions so that you will come prepared.