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Antelope Valley Family History Fair

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Saturday, September 13, 2014 from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM (PDT)

Antelope Valley Family History Fair

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Attend the Antelope Valley Family History Fair and learn how to strengthen your family across generations.  The Fair's format this year will combine presentations from RootsTech 2014 in Salt Lake City with local live presenters.  Attend instructional classes and hear inspirational messages from popular speakers who will help inspire you to:

  • Seek out your ancestors
  • Build your family tree
  • Discover and share your families' stories
  • Prepare family names for temple work (LDS)

"We discover something about ourselves when we learn about our ancestors."--Thomas S. Monson

Workshop descriptions (organized by time slots)

9:00 a.m.-9:25 a.m.  Chapel session--Welcome and Orientation

9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m.

To Pay or Not To Pay by Bonnie Petrovich:  A preview of the premium websites that are available to all patrons at Family History Centers.  (Live)

The Power of Youth: Making a Difference by John Bytheway & Youth Leading the Youth: How to Get Involved With Family History by Youth Committee Members (LDS): This workshop helps Church members to understand the divine responsibility to do family history research.  The many ways to do family history and the blessings derived are analyzed.

Indexing Basics: Pay It Forward by Linda Tippets:  The newest tips, techniques, and technology as it deals with the skill of Indexing, which is a crucial step in making records available and searchable to the public. If you have discovered a priceless record in FamilySearch, you can thank an Indexer.  So learn how to become one and Pay It Forward.(Live)

Getting the Most Out of by Christa Cowan: Ancestry's "barefoot genealogist" covers the five major areas of the website and will share her favorite tools for advancing your family history research.

Writing Family History Stories by Randall Bunn:  You will be shown how to integrate your family history facts into engaging stories. (Live)

Como sacar el mayor provecho a Ancestry by Christa Cowan (Spanish/Espanol)

10:40 a.m. - 11:40 a.m.

Papers, Papers, Papers by Bonnie Petrovich:  How to organize your files for effective family history research. (Live)

Facebook is Family History--Engaging Young People in Their Own Stories by Devin Ashby: Learn why young people get so excited about sharing pieces of their stories online and what can be done to channel this excitement into the genealogy community.

Intensive by Lynn Gardner:  Advanced techniques for getting the most out of your family history research on (Live)

FamilySearch Family Tree: What's New and What's Next by Ron Tanner:  New features are being added to Family Tree on a daily basis.  This workshop will be a roadmap for upcoming features.

Connecting Past, Present, and Future Through Stories by Heidi Swinton & Tim Cross (LDS): These speakers use stories from Thomas S. Monson's life to help participants understand that "First the Heart, Then the Chart" is a good philosophy to adopt in family history research.

Facebook es historia familiar.  Como caulivar a los jovenes con sus propias historias by Devin Ashby (Spanish/Espanol)

12:40 p.m. - 1:40 p.m.

Searching Across the Pond by Bonnie Petrovich:   This workshop will help participants to understand how to navigate some of the premium websites that deal with European research. (Live)

Tweets, Links, Pins, and Posts: Break Down Brick Walls with Social Media by Lisa Alzo: Social networking provides genealogists with unprecedented access to places, people, and resources.  This session will demonstrate how to use Blogs, Wikis, and other social media to find cousins, share information, and break down brick walls in your family history research.

Beginning Family Tree by Tom Tippets: Are you a beginner to Family Tree, the newest tool provided by FamilySearch to discover, preserve, and share your family history?  Or perhaps you are poking around on your own trying to figure it out.  This is an overview of the basics in using Family Tree with real life examples, discussions, and Q&A. (Live)

Become an iPad Power User by Lisa Louise Cooke: Move beyond apps into iPad power usage as Lisa Louise Cooke shares hacks for customizing your tablet's browsers and bookmarks, app organization and search, harnessing accessibility features, and Evernote tricks.

Effective Database Search Tactics by Kory Meyerink: Your research success depends on knowing the best way to search each different collection.  Boolean, truncation, keyword, fielded data, proximity, phrase, wild cards and wild words are not foreign terms, but rather your keys to genealogical success.

Como conectar las generaciones pasadas, presentes y futuras por medio de historias by Heidi Swinton, Tim Cross (Spanish/Espanol/LDS)

1:50 p.m. - 2:50 p.m.

More Than the Library Catalog by Bonnie Petrovich:  Using the online catalog has many advantages for the genealogist.  Bonnie Petrovich will reveal many tricks and secrets to making your research easier. (Live)

From Chaos to C.A.L.M.--Organizing Digital Photos for Use in a Life Story Project by Alison Taylor: Do you have photos spilling out of shoe boxes?  A computer full of photos with names such as DSC_00067899?  In this workshop, you will learn a foolproof method for taming the chaos and organizing digital photos to enjoy, share, and preserve.

Family Memories You Can Create by Marla McEwan plus a RootsTech presentation entitled "A Celebration of Family History" featuring President Henry B. Eyring. (LDS)  Lisa Jones and Marla McEwan will demonstrate ways you can integrate family history into your home environment...and get your whole family involved. (Live)

Top 10 Things I Learned About My Family From My Couch by Tammy Hepps: New to genealogy and short on time?  You can make amazing discoveries using online resources!  These true research examples demonstrate the breadth of materials available and suggest next steps for when you have time to go deeper.

Puzzilla (and Other FamilySearch Partners) by Dorothy Brinck:  FamilySearch has partnered with many companies to make family research fun and easy for everyone.  Join Dorothy Brinck for a preview of what these partners have to offer. (Live)

El Arbol Familiar de FamilySearch: Que hay de nuevo y que sigue by Ron Tanner (Spanish/Espanol)

3:00-4:00 p.m.

Advanced Family Tree by Tom Tippets: New tools in Family Tree allow people worldwide to share family history and genealogical information, media and stories.  This workshop provides a discussion of the advanced features of Family Tree. (Live)

How to Use YouTube for Family History:  Setting Up Your Own YouTube Channel by Lisa Louise Cooke: You, too, can go viral.  These are more social media tips and tricks for technology buffs.

Family Memories You Can Create by Marla McEwan plus 5 Ways to Do Genealogy in Your Sleep by Deborah Gamble:  Lisa Jones and Marla McEwan will demonstrate ways you can integrate family history into your home environment...and get your whole family involved. (Live)

Using Tools and Organization for Creating a Valuable Family History Blog by James Tanner:  Everybody's doing it--blogging, that is--are you?  This workshop will teach you how to "blog" for genealogical purposes.

Working Smarter, Not Harder with DNA by Cynthia Litchko:  This is NOT a technical, scientific workshop.  Instead, participants will see the speaker's actual and 23 & Me DNA results and will learn how the results can provide "low hanging fruit" that you can easily pluck off your family tree. (Live)

Diez conceptos que Tammy Hepps (Spanish/Espanol)




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Lancaster California Stake Center
3140 W Avenue K
Lancaster, CA 93536

Saturday, September 13, 2014 from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM (PDT)

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The Lancaster California, Lancaster East, and Palmdale Stakes of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are combining their resources to provide a free community event.

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