Sunday, August 10, 2014

Stake Youth Family History Committee

Class One - Turning Hearts

Find your most interesting relative using:

A.  Google Search
How to search on Google

1.   Use a tilde or ~ before  your search item and with words like genealogy or birth or death
      ie Emma Scholl ~genealogy

2.  Put "quotes" around search terms so Google will look for those words in that order
      ie  "Emma Scholl" and "Scholl, Emma"

3.  Use OR
      ie "Emma Scholl" OR "Mrs. Scholl"

4.  Use a * if you don't know part of a name or phrase
      ie  "Emma * Scholl"

5.  Use AROUND(8) when looking for two terms in proximity
      ie   "Emma Scholl" AROUND(8) "George Scholl"

(you will need your confirmation date to set up your own account on FamilySearch)
Assignment: be ready to tell us about your most interesting relative after searching Google and FamilySearch for photos, histories, birth dates, death dates, number of children, career etc.

Class Two - What can a census tell us? 
1940 census categories

Census information can be found on Ancestry or FamilySearch for free.

Blue words are clickable on this site.

  • 1940 United States Federal Census (Ancestry) (free)
  • United States Census, 1940 (FamilySearch) (free)
  • 1940 Census (National Archives) (free)
  • 1930 census:
  • In FamilySearch go to the Search, then Records, then click on: Browse All Published Collections in the center of the screen and click on census and lists on the left.

  • Hint: To search for a word on any internet page: Macs: use command + F, for a PC use: control + F.  To do this on a iPad merely do a second search and look at the bottom of search results for that page.
Assignment: Find a relative of yours in at least two censuses and write down what you learn.  Be prepared to share next week.   

Class Three - Collecting Information

What information can be found on a person?
1.  Photographs
2. Histories
3.  Phone or city directories
4.  Newspaper articles
5.  Census info
6.  Birth certificates
7.  Death certificates
8.  School photographs
9.  School records
10.  Military registration
11.  Marriage certificates
12.  Contributions to schools or unions
13.  Voter registration
14.  Land records
15.  Court cases
16. Crimes

example: Go to GatheringGardiners.blogspot and click on my father's photo to see different types of info you can collect

example: Click on Frank Workman on GatheringGardiners.blogspot to see what I found in a few hours yesterday

1948 Glendale City Directory



First: Find information

A.  Pick a grandparent or a deceased relative
B.  Ask your relatives for information on the person
C.  Go to and find everything you can (Go to "Search" then "Search All Records" on the dropdown)

Second: Make a collection in one of the following places
1.  A file on your computer
2.  A word document: (Simply drop your collection into a Word Doc and save it.)
3.  FamilySearch (FamilySearch Tree App or Memories App or attach document to the person's name on your tree)
4.  Ancestry (attach information to your person's tree)
5.  A professional program (Use a software program like iFamily, Reunion, RootsMagic etc)
6.  Your own blog or website (You can make your own website for free on or another of your own choosing, most cost monthly)  

Share what you found next week.

Class Four - Newspapers


1.  Utah newspapers, free, online:

2.  Recent newspapers, free in Family History Centers: 

3.  Early newspapers from the Library of Congress, free:
Library of Congress - Chronicling America

4.  Google has digitized many newspapers,  free:
Google News Archive

Share an interesting newspaper article on an ancestor. 

Class Five - Death

Brother Gardiner's grandfather, George Scholl's grave marker, burried in Glendale, CA

1.  Find a relative or a famous person's death certificate on this site:

2.   Find a relative's grave marker and see what else  there is, and leave a flower 

Be ready to share what the death certificate tells you and what a grave marker tells you next week. 

extra stuff on death in Utah: 

Class Six - Interviews

Your assignment is to video tape a relative and post it on YouTube or Vimeo or upload it to your computer for future use.   

I encourage everyone to record family histories and/or oral histories of individuals that are important to you. This brings history alive. People don't live forever.  Record now. The benefits are:

*hear the voice of a relative who will one day passed away
*remember how much you love them
*get details from a relative and be able to record everything they say
*hear the sound of a voice that you love

Here is are two short examples:


2010 Who ate the candybar? from Kent on Vimeo.

2014 George Larkin saves 2 men from Kent on Vimeo.

 Class Seven - Journals

Make a journal entry on a "defining moment in your life."  This comes from advice from Bro Faust to the Santa Clarita Stake many years ago but it is still good today.    

Class Seven - Photographs

Photos can be found from:
FamilySearch (has portrait pedigree, good place to start)
Relatives (second best place to start)
Internet search

Make a photograph collection of yourself, your parents, grandparents and great grandparents.  See how many photos you can find.  If you found them all it might look like this: 

 I was able to find ______photos out of 15. 

 Class Eight - Maps

Take a screen shot of a map showing where your grandparents or great grandparents lived and a photo of the house if you can.   Email the photo of the house