Lisa Lee

(1) Introduction to using Land Records: Explore the types of land records in the U.S. and other countries, what you can find online and offline, and important information you won't find anywhere else and why land records need to be a part of every genealogical research project.

(2) Introduction to Using Census Records: Censuses date back to as early as the 15th century in some countries. We'll examine why census records are so important, how to decipher them and the best places to find them online.

Cath Madden Trindle

(1) California State Genealogical Alliance Presents California Online: Start your California research with the CSGA California Research Guide online.  Links to FamilySearch, California Wiki and other major online resources will be explored.

(2) Google Your Ancestors: A quick look at the many Google Tools, from Google Search to Google Earth that aid in gathering and compiling our genealogies.

Pat Johnson

Discover the Rich Resources of the Sacramento Archives:  Learn how to use the resources of both the public records and the private manuscripts held by the Center for Sacramento History to tell the stories of Sacramento's past generations. 

Glenda Lloyd

(1) Genealogy 101 – How to Begin:  Tracing your family tree is one of life’s pleasures! Having the tools and know-how makes it much more successful. This class will teach you how to record the data and suggest strategies to make your journey into family history more enjoyable.

(2) Genealogy 201 - Vital Records: Documentation is a key to successful genealogy. Birth, death and marriage certificates provide basic data for all researchers. This class will suggest strategies for finding this information.

Kathy Burrow

(1) Genealogical Software Aids for Data Organization: This class will introduce some popular genealogy software programs and online databases and their advantages. Learn the value of well-documented and organized research.

(2) Adding History to my Patriot: Make your patriot come alive. Tell their stories using the resources of the internet and in the libraries by using Google Earth or creating a book.  The tools taught in this class can be applied to any ancestor’s story.

Janice Sellers

Using Online Newspapers for Genealogy Research: This class will give an overview of the available newspapers and how to find them, and teach you some techniques to help you find your ancestors in the paper.

Barbara Leak

(1) Getting Organized: Managing Your Paper Files: Disorganized stacks of papers are the true hallmark of a genealogist. Understanding filing concepts is the key to gaining control. Compare some widely diverse genealogy filing systems and learn which one works best for you.

(2) Evaluating the Evidence: Are Your Facts Proven?  How many sources does it take to prove a fact? Unfortunately, more does not always mean better. Evidence evaluation is a skill a researcher must carefully develop. Join in this interactive workshop where the audience gets to decide: are the facts proven? 

Linda Johnson

Genealogical Resources at the California State Archives:  Learn about the millions of paper documents, maps, photographs, three-dimensional artifacts, and records in other formats held at the State Archives and their value to you.


Class Title and Description

Jessica Herrick

Wonderful World of Archives: A Primer:  Visits to any archival facility can be easy and efficient.  Learn how to get started, what to expect in general, and how to best use your time, topics that can benefit researchers at any level.  

Sebastian Nelson

Coats of Arms: Heraldry for Genealogists:  Heraldry is an art and a science that has used colors, shapes and symbols for over eight hundred years to visually encode genealogical information.  Join Sebastian for an entertaining introduction to the basic techniques and resources available to decode Coats of Arms and unlock the genealogical stories behind them.

Linda Lucky Learn about the many records, resources and service available on this website, at world-wide Family History Centers and at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah – all FREE.

Pamela Dallas

(1) Carved in Stone: Cemetery Research for Genealogy: Explore methods of locating cemeteries, preparing for the research trip, and ways of recording the information found. Learn about burial registers, headstone inscriptions & symbols.

(2) Remember the Ladies: Finding Your Female Ancestors: Discovering the maiden name of your female ancestors can be frustrating and difficult. Learn how to identify new ways to find her maiden name and about her as an individual.

John Jay

VERY Basic DNA/101: This class is an introduction to DNA presented at a very fundamental level.  Attend this class if you know very little about DNA and how it applies to genealogy.

Katherine Hope Borges

I’ve DNA Tested, Now What? Parts I and II:  This 2-part class will answer your questions about what steps to take next, what the results mean, what projects you should join, and more.

Melinda Kashuba

(1) Civil War Genealogy: Civil War information includes military service records, regimental and battle histories, and pension records as well as social and demographic information. This class will introduce you to the basic sources available to jump-start your Civil War research.

(2) Map Resources for Genealogists:  This class will present digital sources for maps – where to find old maps and how to make your own maps to enhance your research and illustrate events in your family history.

Joy Fisher

Introduction to the USGenWeb Archives: Learn about this all volunteer managed website of public records transcribed and made accessible by county and state and all FREE. 

Juan Ramos

Kevin Turner

Preservation Techniques:  Learn about preservation methods used by the State Archives and get answers to general questions about preservation of documents and bound volumes.

Archives Staff

Mini-Tours of the State Archives: Learn what’s behind-the-scenes at the State Archives, including the stack area and security vault.

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