Tuesday, March 25, 2014

2014 Brookings Family History Fair May 3

Brookings Family History Workshop 


A Taste of the Largest Family History Conference in the North America
—Rootstech 2014—

If you would like a taste (beginner, advanced or hobbyist) of the largest-attended Family History Conference in the North America (over 10,000 attendees) without having to pay a $190 admittance fee or travel hundreds of miles to view/hear a wide variety of current topics in Family History, along with live speakers, please plan to attend:

Saturday May 3, 8:00– 3:30 pm

Brookings Ward The Church of Jesus Christ of
Latter-Day Saints, 200 22nd Ave, (south of Hospital)
Northeast door
Sponsored by Brookings SD Family History Center and Brookings Area Genealogical Society

For Information or  Registration Forms emailed to you, contact:
Pat Walker 605 534 3103 or Liz Gorham 605 692 4551

Registration and Check In    8:00 am - 8:30 am

           Welcome     8:30 am

 *Live Speakers—Remainder are RootsTech 2014 pre-recorded classes
 Note: Some Syllabuses Already Online Now!

Session 1 – 8:50 – 9:50 am

  • *Navigating FamilyTree by Jean Steele* Learning to add and edit people; search and attach sources. This will be a hands-on workshop.  You are not required to bring a device, but if you do bring your own device, (to follow along with the instructor) you should have already registered at FamilySearch at www.familysearch.org by clicking on upper right corner "Join for Free". Laptops rather than mobile devices seem to work best for the search options. There are some minor limitations on mobile devices for entering and searching items on Family Tree. Bring what you have and we will work with it
  • Information Overload: Managing Online Searches and Their Results by Josh Taylor When using a search engine pressing Search often yields an large amount of search results. Discover ways to manage online searches and read between the lines" of your results. This presentation includes search engines and popular family history websites
  •  How to Use YouTube for Family History by Lisa CookeIf you have a free Google account, you can have a free YouTube channel for your family history. Learn about:  Setting up Your channel, uploading your first video, customizing your channel layout, organizing channel playlists.

Session 2 – 10:00 – 11:00 am

  • *Writing a Moment From a Life by Mary Haug* Focusing on writing narratives about your family history to enhance genealogy work that focuses more on factual data.  The instructor will talk about how she began writing her own memoir by focusing on one small moment, event, or character at a time. If time permits, the class members will write a response to a writing prompt. She will also provide a bibliography of books on memoir writing
  • Piecing Together History: Crowd-sourcing Events by Cheri Daniels As a technology driven society we have focused most Crowdsourcing initiatives on social media venues and electronic collecting methods. However, a balance of tech and nontech approaches is necessary to reach a generation in transition.
  • 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!

    Session 3 – 11:10 am – 12:10 am

    • *Best Free Genealogy Websites by Jodi Sides*. Looking at best websites for climbing your tree without emptying your wallet.

    • Finding Your British Roots by Elaine Collins Old World, New Records: findmypast.com as the Key Resource for Tracing British Ancestry - 35' BONUS - 5 Ways to Do Genealogy in Your Sleep or Visit FHC last 1/2 hour.

    • Getting the Most Out of Ancestry by Christa Cowan (of Ancestry.com) – Cover 5 major areas of Ancestry website and favorite tools to advance your research.

    12:15 pm Lunch

     Join us for a $7.50 prepaid (by April 26)  
    Payable to: Brookings Ward
    Sandwich, Salad, Desert Lunch or 
    bring a lunch or visit nearby eateries

    Session 4 – 1:20 – 2:20 pm

    • *Who Will Write the Next Chapter in Your Family History? by Larry Cool*.

               This class is geared toward your next generation.  
     It is an interactive class so bring your laptop or your Ipad. 
      • The class revolves around 6th through 12th grade students.  At some point in this time frame of a student’s education, their history, social studies, or English teacher will probably have them write a paper on their family.  They may also be part of an organization such as the Boy Scouts or the Girl Scouts where they may be able to earn a merit badge or some other rank or credit for doing research on their family’s history.

        You do not have to be this age to take part, but if as an adult you have a youth who is your son, daughter, grandson, granddaughter, niece, or nephew, bring them along.  If you are able to bring your grandfather or grandmother, so much the better.
    • How to Scan an Elephant by Denise Levenick Learn how and when to achieve best results using a digital camera, mobile scanner, or portable device to digitize your awkward family keepsakes and oversize research materials

      • Intro to DNA for Genealogists by James Rader  Family historians are presented with many tools in Genetics and DNA. This session is the first and will introduce the concepts and methods used in applying DNA results to Genealogy pursuits 


      Session 5 – 2:30 to 3:30 pm

      • *FamilySearch Search, Wiki and Blog by Perry Hanavan* FamilySearch (FS) provides free access to billions of records as well as  a powerful search engine for ancestors.  FS Wiki is about finding records that may have been generated about your ancestors and the places where the records might be found. The FS Blog keeps researchers current with family history information.  Search, Wiki and Blog will be introduced and examples provided.
      •  Finding Family/Ancestors Outside the US with New Technologies by Daniel Horowitz Learn how MyHeritage can help break down brick walls in your research outside of the US by harnessing the power of an international family history network.
      •   Basic Online Resource for Beginning Genealogists by Lisa Alzo This session will walk beginners through the exciting journey of genealogy as to what information is online, how to effectively search databases, and share information with others.

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      LOCATION: From I-29, take Brookings Exit and then west, through 2 stop lights to 22nd Ave S stop light, then turn left going south onto 22nd. On the left or east side of 22nd, just south of the Hospital, turn left into parking lot next -- Click on Location above or on this link for Online map

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      Click on and drag the map below to see the other eateries. Hover over a marker to see the names of the eateries. The workshop is just south of the pink area and north of Larson Park--turn in just north of Yorkshire Drive.

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