Monday, March 31, 2014

"Shaking the Family Tree" Community Family History Fair on 12 April in Chula Vista

The Chula Vista, California Stake of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (LDS) is offering a FREE community Family History Fair on Saturday, 12 April 2014 from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

The event will occur at the Stake building at 1590 East H Street in Chula Vista 91913.  Any person interested in genealogy can register for this FREE event at

The flyer above says:

"Come join us for this FREE Family History Fair and learn how to find out who’s in your family tree. Whether you’re an experienced genealogist or just wanting to get started, there are classes for you. These seminars are appropriate for adults and youth ages 12 and up, no childcare will be provided, so please make outside arrangements for younger children. A light lunch will be provided for all who register online by April 6th (see directions below). Invite your family and friends! For additional information please contact Mark Donnelly at"

The Keynote Address is at 10 a.m. by Mary Hill, author of Paper Dolls, A Family History, in the Chapel).

There are six class tracks with classes at four different times - 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m.:

1)  Family Research Lab (walk-in)

2)  FamilySearch Indexing Lab (walk-in)

3)  Live Instruction (in Relief Society Room)

** 10:30 a.m.:  Diane Godinez on "Genealogia para Antepasadoes Latinos" (in Spanish)
** 11:30 a.m.:  Diane Godinez on "Genealogy for Hispanic Ancestors" (in English)
**  12:30 p.m.: Mark Donnelly on "Paleography: Deciphering Ancient Handwriting"
** 1:30 p.m.:   Jerry Jill on "BSA Genealogy Merit Badge"

4)  Family Stories Track (in Multi-Purpose Room)

**  "Storytelling Super Powers: How to Come Off as Your Family's Genealogy Hero"
**  "Crowd-sourcing Events to Glean the Most Out of the Current Generation"
**  Connecting Past, Present, and Future Through Stories"
**  Top 10 Online Resources When You're Short On Time"

5)  Beginner Track (in Young Women's Room)

** "Finding Your British Roots"
** "Basic Online Resources for the Beginning Genealogist"
**  "5 Recursos Estenciales para Genealogical Latina" (in Spanish)
**  "5 Ways to Do Genealogy In Your Sleep"

6)  Advanced Track (in Primary Room)

**  "Introduction to DNA for Genealogists"
**  "Advanced Techniques for Use of Autosomal DNA Tests to Break Through Genealogical Brick Walls"
**  "How to Scan an Elephant: Digitizing Your Family History From Artifact to Zombie"
**  "Metadata for Digital Images"

The presentations for Tracks 4, 5 and 6 are videos from the RootsTech 2014 Conference in Salt Lake City, but they are available only to LDS Family History Fairs like this event.

Note that you need to register before April 6th to receive the free "light lunch."

The flyer notes that free wi-fi will be available and you can bring your laptop or tablet to do family history work.

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