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We are now OPEN. Our hours are Monday, Thursday and Friday from 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. and Tuesday and Wednesday from 3:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. We are welcoming guests back with open arms. Keep posted for updates on our website.


Layton Utah FamilySearch Center Classes



We offer classes online using Zoom technology. Below is a list of classes,
when they are being offered, and links to register.


Register, Class Description, Handouts

You can register for one of our classes by clicking on the More Information/Register link to the right of any of the classes, then clicking on the registration link for the date and time you wish to attend. Here you will also find a class description and class handouts.

Zoom

Zoom is an online communication tool, which allows us to provide classes for you wherever you are in the world. An account is not required to use this service. For help with Zoom, select one of the links below.

  1. How do I join a meeting?
  2. Download the App


Online Class Offerings

Class Schedules:

July 2021
August 2021



*We recommend joining classes 5-10 minutes before they start to resolve any connection issues.

Activities

ONLINE – Fun Family History Activities to Do in Your Home

The class will highlight fun family history activities that can build family relationships today and connect hearts to family members who came before them. Having fun family history activities support the new balance between gospel instruction in the home. Come to have fun!

Class Handouts
Family Activities

Upcoming Dates



Basic Skills

ONLINE - Basic Computer Skills for Family History


This class introduces you to Basic Computer Skills for Family History using the Microsoft Windows operating system at the Layton Utah FamilySearch Center (LFSC). Much of the information can be applied to other systems. The handout also includes supplementary skills which may be useful and yet not covered in class.

Class Handouts
Basic Computer Skills

Upcoming Dates

ONLINE – FamilySearch Mobile Apps

Learn how to use your smartphone or mobile device with Family Tree and Memories apps in FamilySearch. Work on an ancestor’s information. Basically, all FamilySearch – Family Tree functions can be done in these apps.
Please Note: Experience in FamilySearch and basic smart phone functions is suggested. Come to class with a current FamilySearch account and a smartphone with “Family Tree” and “Memories” apps by FamilySearch already downloaded. These apps can be found in the Solutions Gallery in FamilySearch." Pictures and stories are a wonderful way of preserving our family history. This class will assist you in learning how to use photos, documents, stories and audio in the FamilySearch program.


Class Handouts
FamilySearch Mobile Apps

Upcoming Dates

ONLINE - Getting Started: Me and My Tree

Where do you start in FamilySearch to build the Family Tree and connect your hearts to your ancestors? Hands-on activities will introduce you to the Home Page of FamilySearch, Personal Settings, the Pedigree Chart views of Family Tree, the Source Box, and Memories where photos, documents, and stories can be found and preserved. An overview of the Person Page in Family Tree is taught in the class, “Getting to Know Your Ancestors with The Person Page.”


Class Handouts
Me and Tree

Upcoming Dates


ONLINE - Getting Started with Help and Search (Beginners and Intermediate)

When you have questions about any family history topic, where can you go for help? How do you search for historical records in FamilySearch? Did you know that information in indexed historical records can now be edited to improve the information? This class introduces you to the Help and Search features in FamilySearch where you can Discover, Gather, and Connect with the lives of your ancestors and their records.


Class Handouts
Help and Search

Upcoming Dates


ONLINE - Getting Started - Getting to Know Your Ancestors with the Person Page (Beginners and Intermediate)

What can you learn about your ancestors and the days and times in which they lived? Get to know them through the Person Page in Family Tree. It is full of discoveries that will link your hearts to theirs! Hands-on activities will introduce all features of the Person Page including Details, Timeline, Sources, Collaborate, Memories, and Ordinances.
Note: The Ordinances option only shows for those who are members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and are signed in with a FamilySearch account.


Class Handouts
Person Page

Upcoming Dates



Consultants

ONLINE – Family History Training for Adult Temple and Family History Consultants

Part 1 This course focuses on the roles of Adult Ward Temple and Family History Consultants. Topics discussed are:
 - Leadership patterns – where are consultants in the pattern?
 - Frequently asked questions
 - Where to go for training? – Helper Resources
 - Adding someone to my Planner in Helper Resources
 - What do I do now?
 - Resources available at the Layton FamilySearch Center
 - Conclusion – set some goals.
For more instruction on the use and benefits of the Planner, sign up for “Family History Training for Adult Ward Temple and Family History Consultants - Part 2”.


Class Handouts
Adult Temple & Family History Consultant

Upcoming Dates


Part 2 This course focuses on the use and benefits of the Planner, which is found in Helper Resources. We will look specifically at how we, as consultants, can help… “create inspiring experiences that bring joy to all people as they discover, gather, and connect their families – past, present, and future.” from the Family History Department Purpose Statement
Class Handouts
Adult Temple & Family History Consultant part 2

Upcoming Dates


ONLINE – Family History Training for Leaders and Organization Presidencies

This course focuses on the roles of Stake and Ward Priesthood Leaders, Relief Society Presidencies and Temple and Family History Leaders. Topics discussed are: Where do I receive training for my calling?; What are my responsibilities?; How can we develop and implement a meaningful Ward Plan?; How can we help our ward members have a joyful experience?; and, How do we utilize the extraordinary talents of our youth?


Class Handouts
Organization and Leader Training

Upcoming Dates


ONLINE - Using Helper Resources to Discover Family History Experiences

The Helper Resources class is designed to help individuals and families Discover, Gather and Connect families using the FamilySearch.org website. For members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints who are signed in to FamilySearch, options are provided in the Planner section to assist up to 300 people at a time to have successful family history experiences by creating personalized experiences. In class, each section of Helper Resources is introduced. Class members will learn how to use it through “hands-on” activities.


Class Handouts
Helper Resources

Upcoming Dates


ONLINE - Ward/Stake Group Class - Topic of your choice

This class gives local units (For Example Ward Young Women’s Group, Young Men’s Group, Relief Society Group, Elders Quorum or just adults) the opportunity to attend a class together that is taught by Layton FamilySearch Center missionary instructors. The unit will choose their topic from the following classes at the time of registrations: Ordinances Ready, Family History Activities to Do in Your Home, Getting Started: Me and My Tree, Getting Started with Help and Search, Getting to Know Your Ancestors with The Person Page, Family History in the Palm of My Hand, Discover Your Family using Descendancy View, Record Hints and Sourcing in Family Search or Web Indexing.


Class Handouts
Refer to the Class Handout listed for the Class of your choice in the Class information section.

Upcoming Dates


ONLINE – Family History Training for Youth Temple and Family History Consultants

This course focuses on the roles of Stake and Ward Youth Temple and Family History Consultants. Topics discussed are: Leadership patterns – where are consultants in the pattern?; The Youth Program and my role as a youth consultant; Where to go for training? – Helper Resources; Frequently asked questions; FamilySearch blog; Resources at the Layton FamilySearch Center; and What do I do now?

Class Handouts
Not available at this time

Upcoming Dates



Memories

ONLINE - Memories: Photos, Documents, Stories, Audio, etc.

Each person, no matter how ordinary, has extraordinary memories to share. Many of the most precious, heart-changing family photos and stories are tucked away in our homes and our minds. At FamilySearch, we preserve memories, so they can be shared for generations to come.

Class Handouts
Photos, Documents and Stories

Upcoming Dates


ONLINE - Memories Class: Preserving Family Memories through Stories (Beginners and Intermediate)

Learn how to create and edit a story in "Memories", attach an image, and link the story to an ancestor in Family Tree.

Class Handouts
Memories - Stories

Upcoming Dates



30 minute classes

ONLINE – Ancestor Discovery Pages

You can now find some of the best experiences FamilySearch has to offer all gathered in one place—ancestor discovery pages. With FamilySearch’s updated ancestor discovery pages, you can do everything from viewing photos and timelines of your ancestors’ lives to exploring their heritage with fun interactive online activities.

Class Handouts
Not available at this time

Upcoming Dates


ONLINE - Following and Labeling Ancestors

Do you want to remember who is: end of line, direct line, frequently changing, close to 110 years old, or any reason? This quick class will show you how to keep track of relatives, follow changes being made to their page, and label them so you can keep them organized and remember why you are following them.

Class Handouts
Not available at this time

Upcoming Dates


ONLINE - Record Details Page

Gain a new perspective when viewing the new FamilySearch Record Details page, to include: others in the record, editing indexed information, finding similar records, and spotting duplicates. Learn how to navigate for multiple options, to create a rewarding and inspiring experience at the click of a mouse.

Class Handouts
Not available at this time

Upcoming Dates


ONLINE - FamilySearch Community

FamilySearch Community has a new look, added functionality, and easier navigation! The Community is an online resource to help you connect worldwide with others who are interested in family history. You can get answers to frequently asked questions or ask your own questions, view genealogy events, or join a group with others who have similar interests. Come and see what FamilySearch Community is all about!."

Class Handouts
Not available at this time

Upcoming Dates


ONLINE - Who is my third cousin, and why is he removed?/How to enhance, colorize and animate photos

Enhancing Photos - Come learn how to make your great grandfather come to life by Animating his still photo with MyHeritage tools. Also learn how to colorize old black and white photos. MyHeritage also makes enhancing or clarifying your photos an easy process. These are some fun and useful tools for your Family History!

Class Handouts
Colorizing, Enhancing, Repairing and Animating Photos

Upcoming Dates


ONLINE - Guided Research/Ordinances Ready

Need help finding Birth, Marriage, and Death records? Find out how FamilySearch Wiki’s Guided Research can assist you.
Ordinances Ready is a program designed to help you find names to take to the temple. You will find out how to use Ordinances Ready to add to your temple list. Discover where those names come from and how many of each ordinance can be reserved. (Ordinances Ready is also available on the Mobile App.) Once you have added the names to your temple reservations, learn how to effectively filter your list as you prepare to complete the ordinances.

Class Handouts
Not available at this time

Upcoming Dates



Partner Sites

ONLINE - Discover Your Ancestors Using Partner Sites

FamilySearch is the largest database of genealogical information in the world, and it is growing daily, but there is still more information available than can be processed by one group. And, family history is for everyone who is in a family, regardless of religion, race or nationality. Because of the enormity of the task, FamilySearch has formed partnerships with several other groups and companies to share information and move the pace of the work forward. These Partner Sites have agreements with FamilySearch to share their data in exchange for sharing the data and resources of FamilySearch. Most are companies who operate for a profit, but allow LDS church member free access to at least some of their data.

Class Handouts
Partner Sites

Upcoming Dates


ONLINE - Using Ancestry.com with FamilySearch

NOTE: PLEASE BRING YOUR USER NAME AND PASSWORD FOR BOTH YOUR FAMILYSEARCH ACCOUNT AND YOUR LDS-ANCESTRY MEMBERSHIP ACCOUNT
> In this class you will learn how to “move information” between Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org. The feature to “move information” is only available for those who are registered in FamilySearch and Ancestry as members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. This is a benefit of the partnership agreement between FamilySearch.org and Ancestry.com. You will need your username and password for both websites.

Class Handouts
Ancestry

Upcoming Dates



Research

ONLINE - Finding and Merging Duplicate Records (Beginners and Intermediate)

Learn how to search for duplicate records, how merging works, and steps to follow during a merge. Class members will practice merging using the FamilySearch Family Tree BETA program.

Class Handouts
Duplicates and Merging

Upcoming Dates


ONLINE - How to Edit and Fix Relationships in FamilySearch (Beginning and Intermediate.)

Learn how to correct dates, other information and attaching husbands, wives and children to their respective family lines.

Class Handouts
Edit and Fix

Upcoming Dates


ONLINE - Keys for Searching Online Historical Records (Beginners and Intermediate)

This class covers online (digital) historical records, how to access them in FamilySearch, and FIVE KEYS in searching them. The KEYS will increase your success for discovering information about your family.

Class Handouts
Searching Online

Upcoming Dates


ONLINE - Discover Your Family Using Descendancy View - (Beginning research)

What is the difference between ancestral and Descendancy research and how can it make a difference in your life? In the class, you will be introduced to Descendancy research and what you can learn about extended families by using the Descendancy view. Hands-on activities help you "Discover", "Gather", and "Connect" ancestors and their stories to you and to each other.

Class Handouts
Descendancy View

Upcoming Dates


ONLINE - Naturalization Records

Naturalization Records is a class designed to show what type of information can be found on naturalization documents. In many cases, the exact place of origin can be found. Participants will also learn where naturalization records can be found online and other off-line resources.

Class Handouts
Naturalization Records


Upcoming Dates


ONLINE - Record Hints and Sourcing in FamilySearch (Beginning research)

Learn the value of adding Sources to your ancestors in Family Tree and how to “Review and Attach” record hints.

Class Handouts
Hints and Sourcing

Upcoming Dates


ONLINE - Sources: The Next Steps

This class teaches how to add sources seven different ways such as; Adding sources attached to someone else, sources from another site, adding your own source, etc.

  • It gives tips on how to enhance your sources by adding memories to them.
  • It helps you understand how to create a story of your ancestor from sources.
  • Adding sources can help you tell stories about your ancestors, draw timelines, connect the unconnected.

It would be helpful to take the class “Record Hints and Sourcing in FamilySearch” first, but not required.


Class Handouts
Sources: Next Steps

Upcoming Dates


ONLINE - Research Strategies - The Next Steps

Searchable historical records on FamilySearch account for about 30% of the data available. Record Hints in Family Tree are part of the searchable records. If you are not seeing blue Record Hints in Family Tree in the Research Help section of the Person Page and you would like to find more information, this class will provide the next steps in research including additional resources found on the Person Page, Historical Record collections and filters, Wild card searches, FamilySearch Wiki, Partner sites, Google searches, and other helpful websites!

Class Handouts
Reseach Stratagies

Upcoming Dates


ONLINE - Using Census Records to Identify Family Members (beginners and Intermediate)

Learn how to trace a family over time through census records, and use them to tell a family’s story.

Class Handouts
Census Research

Upcoming Dates


ONLINE - Using DNA to Expand Your Family Tree

This class will explain how to use your DNA results to expand what is found in your Family Tree. The emphasis will be on using results from Ancestry.com DNA, but will also mention using cousin matches on MyHeritage DNA and Family Tree DNA.

Class Handouts
Using DNA

Upcoming Dates


ONLINE - Using the Wiki and Catalog to Find Research Helps (Beginners and Intermediate)

In FamilySearch, learn what records exist in the places and time periods for your ancestors and find links to world-wide record connections.

Class Handouts
Wiki and Catalog

Upcoming Dates



Web Indexing

ONLINE - Web Indexing Part 1 & 2

Part 1 - Basic Indexing is the process of taking information from historical record images and putting it into a digital format. Indexing turns the records into searchable sources, allowing researchers to find and attach them to ancestors in their family tree in FamilySearch. This Basic Indexing class will introduce you to Web Indexing in Family Search. You will learn how to index, how to navigate the Indexing site and the importance of Indexing in Family Tree. A variety of records are available to index that are appropriate for anyone ages 11 to 111. A group of records can typically be indexed in just 15-30 minutes. You will learn how to access help for the various indexing projects. This class is appropriate for the beginner and as a review for someone who has not indexed recently.

Class Handouts
Indexing

Upcoming Dates

Part 2 - Tips and Tricks This class will help those who have some experience In Web Indexing. There are tips and tricks that will enhance your indexing experience. These hints will help you be more efficient and accurate. These hints are time saving as well. You will learn how to reorder fields, use different data entry forms, copy duplicate information from one entry into the next and learn how to share your batch when you need help and open a shared batch to help others. These helps will also prepare you to become a Reviewer.

Class Handouts
Indexing part 2

Upcoming Dates


ONLINE – Web Indexing - Reviewer Training

NOTE: Class taught one-on-one. Email the Center to schedule.
Once an individual has indexed over 1000 records, he/she is invited to become a reviewer. The process of "reviewing" a previously indexed batch helps to insure the quality of the work.
This class is a hands on practice of "reviewing" previously indexed work.


Class Handouts
Reviewer

Upcoming Dates


ONLINE – Foreign Language Web Indexing

Learn to index in a foreign language. No foreign language skills required, but it is helpful.

Class Handouts
Not available at this time

Upcoming Dates



Links to Layton FamilySearch Center Staff Training


Links to Online Classes at Other Centers
Family History Library Web-site
Family History Library Webinars
Archived Classes in the Learning Center (FHL)
BYU Webinars
Los Angeles FamilySearch Library
St. George FamilySearch Center
Ogden FamilySearch Center
Lehi FamilySearch Center
Riverton FamilySearch Library