We are keeping this page up on the site, as an example of the classes we have at our Fall Seminars.  Our seminar for 2016 is planned for the 29th of October.

This is what we offered in 2015.  Watch for 2016's classes to be posted.
2293 W. Hanley, Coeur d'Alene, Idaho
The 2015 Fall Family History Seminar was great!

A variety of soups & salads will be served from 12:00 to 2:00, running simultaneously with several classes.

Yes! There is still such a thing as a free lunch – hence pre-registration is appreciated!

Classes fill up fast!  Now Five Ways to Register:

Call 208-765-0150: Monday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Tues thru Thurs 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

(or Email haydenlakefhc@gmail.com, or Mail Connie Godak, 2203 James Crowe, Hayden, ID 83835

Or just drop in at the FHC to register……

You can also register online at our website!


Check-in starts at 9:30, and opening remarks at 9:50.  Come on in!

FIRST SESSION – 10:00 to 10:50

          1.   Research Made Easy with Steve Morse – Diane Kamphaus

          2.  Touring and Using American Ancestors.org: New England Historic Genealogical Society Resources Online – Donna Potter Phillips

         3.   All About Findagrave.com – Sandy Simon

         4.   Intro to Kinpoint: Up Close & Personal webcast– Derrick Brinton

SECOND SESSION – 11:00 to 11:50

          5.   Solving the DNA Dilemma – Sharon Gibson

          6.   Treasures in (Digital) Newsprint – Connie Godak

          7.   Breathing New Life Into Damaged Family Photos: Free Online Photo Restoration and Storage – Natalie Langford

          8.   Using Kinpoint to Find Names for the Temple webcast – Derrick Brinton

THIRD SESSION – 12:00 to 12:50

        9.  Lunch Hour 1

         10. Puzzilla.org & Family Tree Q&A Session – Connie Godak

         11.  German Ancestors Research – Renate Benn Wilde

                 12.  Building a Genealogy Research Toolbox – Rootstech 2015 Video

FOURTH SESSION – 1:00 to 1:50

         13.  Lunch Hour 2

         14.  Fun & Informative Websites You Never Heard Of– Donna Potter Phillips

         15.  DAR Membership Made Easy – Sandra Doutre & Louisa Durkin

         16.  Discover New Research Possibilities with My Heritage – Rootstech 2015 Video

FIFTH SESSION – 2:00 to 3:00

      17. Colonial Dames, Are You Interested in Becoming a Dame? – Liz Jones
                 18. The Secret to Writing Your Family Story – Kimberly Morgan
                 19. US Maps & Migration Trails West & South – Sandra Doutre
                 20. Our Changing American Culture – Syd Albright



Donna Potter Phillps: President of the Eastern Washington Genealogical Society & Frequent Contributor to  "Internet Genealogy"    Magazine

Syd Albright: Kootenai County Historical Preservation Commissioner, and popular columnist for the CdA Press.  His historical articles in the Sunday paper bring the past to life!  His vast range of experience and skill with speaking make his a fascinating presentation, no matter the topic!  This year he will review with us our early days, what's happened since then, what's happening now, and what we can do about it - the American cultural revolution.

Connie L. Godak: Genealogist & current Director of the Hayden Family History Center.  Connie is a popular speaker and writer.
Sandra Doutre & Louisa St. John Durkin: DAR Registrars & Past President of the Kootenai County Genealogical Society.
Sandy is one of our most experienced researchers, as well as being widely read and very knowledgeable, and much in demand.  She also serves as the Stake Director of Indexing in the Coeur d'Alene Stake of the LDS Church.

Derrick Brinton:  Using patented technologies, Kinpoint maximizes your family history efforts and helps you see genealogy in a different way.
Derrick graduated with his Bachelor’s in Computer Science from Brigham Young University in 2012. He helped found Kinpoint, designed and built the initial prototype, and took an active role in product development. He is currently working on his Master’s in Computer Science. His Master’s thesis topic focuses on improving computing in family history work. He enjoys photography, composing and playing music, and the outdoors.

Kimberly MorganWidely experienced in the fields of personal research and teaching. Kim holds both an MA and MA.Ed degree. Kim's career began as an English professor at Gonzaga University and NIC. At the age of 13, she recorded oral history from both her grandmothers, and so began the search for her ancestors and their stories. As an Adjunct Instructor at NIC, she will be teaching courses in 2014 on Creative Writing for Family Historians. She loves teaching and ancestral research and continues to offer free “Finding Your Ancestors” Workshops at Hayden Library. Her special interests are Colonial America and also Research Online with Digital Resources.

Liz Jones: President of the local chapter of Colonial Dames and active DAR member.  She want you to know that the Edward Carleton Chapter NSCD XVII is back!  Come and see what it is about.

Diane Kamphaus: Local realtor and genealogist with years of experience.  Diane gives an exciting presentation of her favorite research tools for success and saving time in the process.

Renate Benn Wilde: Renate is a native of Germany and a professional researcher.  She can guide us to the best ways and places to find our German ancestors.

Sharon Gibson: FHC staff member specializing in Swedish records, Sharon has been studying the science of DNA for some time.  Sharon has been with digital family history records since its beginnings in the 1960's.

Sandy Simon: Sandy has served in the Family History Center  leadership for more than a decade, and will show you how you can not only find your family in the Findagrave website, but contribute, edit and link records yourself.

Natalie Langford: with a decade of experience using online photo tools, Natalie is well prepared to show us the best free sites for repairing our treasured photos.  Natalie has also prepared the elementary school annuals for the last several years, and is a frequent contributor to Findagrave.  She says:
"I have been a photo editing enthusiast for ten years.  I am a lover of both photos and family history.  I have served as a Family History Consultant.  Finding family roots is one of my favorite pastimes." 
     Of her class she says, "Learn how to use modern online software to repair your cherished photos in just a few simple clicks.  Photo editing has never been easier.  Even a beginner can create masterpieces with ease.  Learn how to do basic editing along with repairing tears, creases, pen marks, etc., and do color correction and enhancement, and so much more.  With these tools you will become a photo-editing pro in no time!"


Now Five Ways to Register:

Call 208-765-0150: Monday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Tues thru Thurs 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

(or Email haydenlakefhc@gmail.com, or Mail Connie Godak, 2203 James Crowe Dr., Hayden, ID 83835

Or just drop in at the FHC to register……

You can also register online at our website !    https://sites.google.com/site/haydenlakefhc/
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