Baltimore Family History Workshop

Registration for the August 2015 Workshop will begin in June 2015.  

Shown below are the 2014 classes.

Class TitleExperience LevelTimeInstructorDescriptionFiles
Advanced Census ResearchIntermediate-Advanced1:45 - 2:45Angela McGhie

Census records are an essential resource for genealogists. This session will focus on going beyond basic use of the census and assist participants in understanding the pre-1850 census records; discovering how the non-population schedules can enhance research; locating and using state census records; and evaluating information from every census column to maximize the information gleaned from the record.

Beginning African American Research - Emphasis Maryland - 1st HourBeginning1:45 - 2:45Noreen GoodsonThis is a 2-hour class from 1:45 to 4:00 with a stretch break.

The purpose of this 2-hour workshop is to provide novice African-American researchers with some guidance, hands-on experiences and explanations concerning various aspects of researching your family's roots, with emphasis on Maryland resources.

HANDOUTS WILL BE GIVEN IN CLASS TO ATTENDEES.  THERE ARE NO FILES TO DOWNLOAD.
Beginning African American Research - Emphasis Maryland - 2nd HourBeginning3:00 - 4:00Noreen GoodsonThis is a 2-hour class from 1:45 to 4:00 with a stretch break.

The purpose of this 2-hour workshop is to provide novice African-American researchers with some guidance, hands-on experiences and explanations concerning various aspects of researching your family's roots, with emphasis on Maryland resources.

HANDOUTS WILL BE GIVEN IN CLASS TO ATTENDEES.  THERE ARE NO FILES TO DOWNLOAD.
Beginning FamilySearch FamilyTree - 1st HourBeginning10:00 - 11:00Steven & Barbara GrimshawGet started on your Family History today.  Steve & Barbara Grimshaw will provide hands-on guidance as you get started on your family tree using LDS webtools FamilySearch and FamilyTree.
Beginning FamilySearch FamilyTree - 2nd HourBeginning11:15 - 12:15 (or lunch)Steven & Barbara Grimshaw2nd Hour of Class.  Get started on your Family History today.  Steve & Barbara Grimshaw will provide hands-on guidance as you get started on your family tree using LDS webtools FamilySearch and FamilyTree.
Beginning GenealogyBeginning12:30 - 1:30 (or lunch)Dottie AleshireThis class is a great opportunity for beginning genealogists to learn from one of our most experienced instructors.  She's down to earth and ready to help you with your questions and concerns.
Brick Wall PanelAdvanced11:15 - 12:15 (or lunch)Singhal & Singhal, Skinner, panel

Submit your cases of brick wall genealogy to our expert panel for discussion.  Class may extend until 1 pm as needed.  Class panel will include Bob Barnes, Jerry Hynson, Cheryl Singhal, Vern Skinner, and Dolly Ziegler.

Compiling A Medical Family HistoryAll Levels of Experience10:00 - 11:00Dottie AleshireUse your Family History information to improve your medical care.  In this class, you will learn why your family medical history is important, and how to properly compile that information to assist your medical providers in understanding how your genetics can affect your health.
Computer Basics for the New GenealogistBeginning10:00 - 11:00Michael R. Boivin Sr.

Every month various companies/organizations are adding millions of entries of genealogic value to the researcher to their online databases.  You will learn what a computer can do for you in accessing this information and how it can save you a lot of time.  Learn what information is available for free and what is available on a fee basis.

You will learn about the various genealogic software products that are available and how to choose the right one for you.   Also, you will learn what other software products are available to assist you in your genealogic journey and how they can make you life a lot easier. 

Crossing the Pond - Nach DeutschlandAll Levels of Experience10:00 - 11:00Vernon SkinnerLearn more about how your German ancestors immigrated to the United States.  Prior to 1871, Germany was not a country.  Rather, there were a large number of independent German states and principalities, which changed somewhat frequently.  This can be challenging for those searching for German ancestors.
Family History Centers: What's In Them for You?All Levels of Experience12:30 - 1:30 (or lunch)Carol Petranek

In this day of virtual experiences and online relationships, there are volunteers who are anxious to help you, one-on-one, with your research. This session will explore the various resources and personal assistance that are available to you at your local Family History Center.

Family History Photo BooksAll Levels of Experience1:45 - 2:45David LohrA fun discussion of how to use internet resources to create and print beautiful books containing your family history.  This is a great way to create what is essentially a digital scrapbook, and then to allow other family members to print on demand their own copies as needed.  We will discuss how to get started, how to structure the book, and how to get feedback from others to complete the book.  Electronic copies can also be made and distributed.  Also create your own Family Yearbook with photographs and details of what your family does each year.
FamilySearch FamilyTree & Partner Sites (for LDS members)All Levels of Experience12:30 - 1:30 (or lunch)Karen PerryThis class is for LDS members.  Through an exciting arrangement by FamilySearch, ALL LDS church members age 13 and up have been invited to sign up for FREE premium memberships to three FamilySearch partner sites -- Ancestry, FindMyPast, and MyHeritage.  This class will show you how to sign up, when to sign up if you already have paid memberships, what each partner site offers, what to expect now and in the future as the partnerships develop, and how you can integrate your FamilySearch Family Tree and temple work with the partner sites.  Because features continue to be released, handouts will be emailed to class registrants a day or two before the class and they can be requested after the workshop by emailing baltimorefamilyhistoryworkshop@gmail.com, subject line "FS Partner Site Handouts."  If you would like to go it on your own before the class, sign in to your member account at FamilySearch.org and look for the link or go to http://familysearch.org/partneraccess.  For free LDS access you MUST sign up through the links provided using your member number or by being logged into your FamilySearch member account.
FamilyTree: Adding Photos, Stories & Documents - 1st HourAll Levels of Experience10:00 - 11:00Gary Petranek

Learn more about using the FamilyTree internet site.  This 2 hour class will teach you how to upload and attach quality photographs and stories to your ancestors.  Youll learn to tag, label, and link your uploads to people and albums within FamilyTree.

FamilyTree: Adding Photos, Stories & Documents 2nd HourAll Levels of Experience11:15 - 12:15 (or lunch)Gary Petranek

This is the 2nd hour of a 2 hour class.  Learn more about using the FamilyTree internet site.  This class will teach you how to upload and attach quality photographs and stories to your ancestors.  Youll learn to tag, label, and link your uploads to people and albums within FamilyTree.

Finding Your CousinsAll Levels of Experience3:00 - 4:00Sarah Strong

Climbing Down Your Tree: using descendancy research to find your cousins.  You may have spent a lot of time climbing up your family tree but have you ever tried climbing down?  Like you, your ancestors were part of a family with parents, children, aunts, uncles, cousins and children.  All of these people are your cousins!  Lets turn your tree upside down, change your perspective and learn how to find your cousins through descendancy research.  We will discuss the benefits and methods of working down your tree and focus on tools available on familysearch.org and puzilla.org. to help you find your cousins.  

French Revolutionary Calendar & GenealogyAll Levels of Experience12:30 - 1:30 (or lunch)Cheryl SinghalThe French Republican Calendar - A fast overview of a little-known, complex, but important research challenge in Europe and scattered outposts.  If you've seen a date that ends VII where you expect a year, you've seen this calendar style.  Learn how the implementation of this Calendar by the French in 1793 affects your genealogical research today.  

Genealogy Techniques ToolboxIntermediate-Advanced11:15 - 12:15 (or lunch)Angela McGhie

How full is your toolbox? Does it include creating spreadsheets, charts and timelines to compare and evaluate research findings? Would you like to add skills such as separating individuals of the same name, researching extended family and associates of an individual, and using identity characteristics to locate or identify a person? The session will highlight these techniques and conclude with a case study that employs many of the methods to demonstrate their use in a real genealogical problem.

Genealogy Using DNAAll Levels of Experience1:45 - 2:45Margaret McMahonGetting stuck on your family line?  See how molecular biology and DNA testing can link you and a long lost cousin who just happens to have genealogy data that you need.  
How Your Ancestors Came to USA & How to Find Their RecordsAll Levels of Experience12:30 - 1:30 (or lunch)Tom Sadauskas

Every family with immigrant ancestors has stories of how their family first arrived in America.  Many of these stories contain grains of truth as well as unsubstantiated myths.  This presentation looks at the immigration process that our ancestors went through to come here to America as well as how to find their records here in the United States.  

Intermediate Genealogy on the InternetIntermediate-Advanced11:15 - 12:15 (or lunch)Julia Coldren-Walker

So you have interviewed your family, found them in the census and gotten the vital records.  Whats next? This lecture will cover how to progress to the next level including the need for source citations and a brief look at the genealogical proof standard.  Then we will survey of additional useful records including military records, courthouse documents, Immigration records and newspapers.

Involving Children and Youth in Family HistoryAll Levels of Experience11:15 - 12:15 (or lunch)Sheri WardleGet your family excited about Family History!  This class with discuss ideas to involve children and teenagers in learning about their ancestors.  
Land Records Online at FamilySearch.orgAll Levels of Experience3:00 - 4:00Margaret McMahonLearn how to find and use Land Records now online at FamilySearch.org in your genealogical research.
Lunch 1 (not provided except for instructors and staff)All Levels of Experience11:15 - 12:15 (or lunch) N/ABring your own lunch to eat in our gym, or head out and enjoy a local restaurant.
Lunch 2 (not provided except for instructors and staff)All Levels of Experience12:30 - 1:30 (or lunch) N/ABring your own lunch and eat in our gym, or head out and enjoy a local restaurant.
Navigating Ancestry.com with FamilySearchAll Levels of Experience3:00 - 4:00Jacob MetroNew changes to Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org make it easier to combine information between the two websites.  Learn how to simplify your research using these two popular tools.
Newspaper Research on the InternetAll Levels of Experience1:45 - 2:45Julia Coldren-Walker

More and more newspaper archives, both free and subscription-based, are appearing online.  These are very valuable in conducting your family research.  The lecture includes a short history of newspapers in the United States, a look at why we should use newspapers in our research, and where we can find these newspapers.

Preserving Genealogical DataAll Levels of Experience11:15 - 12:15 (or lunch)Michael R. Boivin Sr.

You will learn how to best handle and preserve your genealogic photos, documents, and electronic files. Included will be a discussion on scanning techniques with recommendations for best results, storage of original photos and vital records, recommendations on backing-up your electronic files, plus a demonstration on the new M-Disc technology for shortage of electronic files.

Reading Old German ScriptIntermediate11:15 - 12:15 (or lunch)Sheila WallaceMany Americans have German ancestors.  If you haven't run into the old Gothic script yet, it's only a matter of time.  The old script often shows up on records created in the U.S. and in personal letters & documents.  This class will give you resources & references to use in reading & translating the old German records, plus some hands-on examples.  It's not always easy, but you CAN do this! 
Really Useful Books at the Family History Center and onlineAll Levels of Experience1:45 - 2:45Dolly ZieglerLet Dolly guide you in finding some hidden treasures in the Family History Center that can help you move forward in your genealogical research.
Searching & Sourcing on FamilySearch FamilyTreeAll Levels of Experience1:45 - 2:45Jacob MetroLearn the latest techniques for finding individuals and source documents on LDS websites FamilySearch and FamilyTree.
Searching for the Living and Connecting with the Slave Owner's DescendantAll Levels of Experience10:00 - 11:00Bernice Bennett

This workshop will describe and discuss research strategies to connect with living  and possible slave owners descendant. In addition, a case study will illustrate how various resources can be used to accomplish your research goal.

Smartphone and Tablet Genealogy Using iOS and AndroidAll Levels of Experience3:00 - 4:00Margaret EzellLearn about the latest ways to use your smartphone and tablet apps to conduct genealogy research.  This class will cover the applications available on the two most popular operating systems used on Apple and Samsung phones and tablets.
Using RootsMagic for Family HistoryAll Levels of Experience12:30 - 1:30 (or lunch)Margaret EzellThis class will provide a general overview of the RootsMagic software program.  Learn how to use RootsMagic to store your Family History data, photos, and sources.  RootsMagic will also interface with FamilyTree and other websites.
VIDEO British Ancestry & FindMyPastAll Levels of Experience3:00 - 4:00RootsTech Video

This class is a RootsTech 2014 Video.  There will be no live instructor in Baltimore for this class.  Old World, New Records: findmypast.com as the Key Resource for Tracing British Ancestry, by Elaine Collins.

VIDEO Creating a Valuable Family History BlogAll Levels of Experience11:15 - 12:15 (or lunch)RootsTech Video

This class is a RootsTech 2014 Video.  There will be no live instructor in Baltimore for this class.  Using Tools and Organization for Creating a Valuable Family History Blog, by James Tanner.  See attached notes.


VIDEO How to Scan an ElephantAll Levels of Experience12:30 - 1:30 (or lunch)RootsTech Video

This class is a RootsTech 2014 Video.  There will be no live instructor in Baltimore for this class.  How to Scan an Elephant:  Digitizing Your Family History from Artifact to Zombie, by Denise Levenick.  Learn the latest about scanning and digitizing your family history.  See attached outline.

VIDEO How to Use YouTube for Family HistoryAll Levels of Experience1:45 - 2:45RootsTech Video

This class is a RootsTech 2014 Video.  There will be no live instructor in Baltimore for this class.  How to Use YouTube for Family History: Setting Up Your Own YouTube Channel by Lisa Louise Cooke.  Find out more about using videos to connect your family history stories with the younger members of your family.

VIDEO Telling & Preserving Your StoryAll Levels of Experience10:00 - 11:00RootsTech Video
This class is a RootsTech 2014 Video.  There will be no live instructor in Baltimore for this class.  Telling & Preserving Your Story.  "It only takes 3 generations to lose a piece of oral family history."  Find out more about making, using and storing oral and video family storytelling.
What's New in FamilySearch Family TreeAll Levels of Experience3:00 - 4:00Carol Petranek

The FamilyTree internet site is a powerful platform for your ancestral research. This session will teach you how to use the newest features such as: record hints, mobile applications, descendancy view, and collaboration tools.

Your Frequent Flier AncestorsAll Levels of Experience10:00 - 11:00Tom Sadauskas

One little known immigration phenomena is that of multiple passages of immigrants to America and their return to the Old Country. Anywhere from one-fourth to one-third of the immigrants that came to America ultimately returned to their native homeland.  One of the reasons researchers often fail to find missing ancestors is that these ancestors lived in America for a brief time and then returned permanently to the Old Country.  This presentation looks at why these frequent flyers chose re-emigration as well as ways for finding them.  


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