This Annual Free Family History Seminar was October 29, 2016!
The next one will be in October, 2017.  Watch for news!!
2293 W. Hanley, Coeur d'Alene, Idaho

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.   Opening & Keynote Speaker – Donna Potter Phillips Presents!  Come refresh your learning about the U. S. Censuses as Donna comes to as "Elmer's wife"                       - (Elmer is an 1840's census taker). 


SECOND SESSION – 11:00 to 11:50

          2.   Hidden Gems in the Periodical Source Index - Helen Estes

                        It is estimated that about a third of all genealogical records are in county & society periodicals!  Learn how to find what you need!

          3.   DNA Testing - How, Why, Where? -- Tamera Wengeler

                        DNA testing is breaking through brick walls and connecting family - find out how to choose your test and your provider.

          4.   Filling the Holes in Your Family History - Connie Godak

                        Puzzila, Kinpoint, and Hope Chest can give you new insight into your family records and how you can perfect them!

          5.   Treasures in Digital Newsprint - Jason Miller

                        Newspapers from the past can reveal the daily life and significant events of our ancestors' lives.

THIRD SESSION – 12:00 to 12:50

        6.  Lunch Hour 1

           7.  Colonial New England - Development & Significance - Ron Litz

                    This difinitive class on Colonial New England will be a memorable and stellar presentation - the best we've ever  seen!

           8.  Effective Use of FamilySearch Family Tree - Tonya Schorzman

                    More than an introduction, this presentation will give you confidence in working with your family records.

                    9.  The How and Why of Cloud Technology - David Shepherd                                                                                                                                                                                      If you are finding the concept of the Cloud to be a little nebulous, this class will put you at ease.

FOURTH SESSION – 1:00 to 1:50

         10.  Lunch Hour 2

         11.   Free & Easy, Evernote Saves Your Work - Zooey Byram

                     The Evernote cloud will be available anywhere you go!

         12.  The Family History Library Catalog -Key to Centuries of Records -- Helen Estes

                      Find out how to explore the vast collection of the Salt Lake Family History Library, and obtain the records right here at home!

         13.  The New Family Search Wiki, Highlighting County Histories - Sandra Doutre

                      Newly revised, the FS Wiki can lead you to answers and access far more information than ever before. 

FIFTH SESSION – 2:00 to 3:00

      14. Indexing - Opening the World's Records - Ed & Pam Dittmar                                                                                                                                                                               The world's largest volunteer project continues to grow and  bring our ancestors' records right to our fingertips.  Find out how you can help!                  15. Swedish & Scandinavian Research - Sharon Gibson                                                                                                                                                                                                 Sharon's vast experience with Swedish and Scandinavian records will prove a boon to anyone with roots in the old country.                                                 16. Photo Editing Tools You Can Use - Connie Godak                                                                                                                                                                                                    Photoshop is not the only game in town anymore!                                                                                                                                                                                      17. Daughters of the American Revolution - Website & Membership - Louisa Durkin                                                                                                                                            Find out how to become a member of this venerable institution, and search their online records whether or not you are a member.  



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

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.

Sharon Gibson: FHC staff member specializing in Swedish records, Sharon has been with digital family history records since its beginnings in the 1960's.

Tamera Wengeler - Tami Wengeler is currently studying Family History at BYU online, with plans to become a professional genealogist.  Her passion is reconstructing family trees using DNA. She formerly taught the family history class in the Timberlake Ward and is currently a genealogy consultant for the Lakeland 2nd ward. In addition to volunteering at the family history center, Tami volunteers at her sons' schools and is a member of the North Idaho Head Start Policy Council. Tami currently lives in Rathdrum with her husband, Bret, and their three sons.

Ron Litz: I grew up in rural Nebraska, and attended the University of Nebraska where I met Carlene. We moved to Idaho in 1971 where I graduated with a BS in Forest Management. We have two sons and five grandsons. My hobbies include hunting, shooting and marksmanship, cross-country skiing, mountain biking, leather working, and wood working to name just a few. Genealogy has turned into my second career.  

Jason Miller: In addition to being one of the finest speakers and teachers I've ever had the pleasure of hearing, he gives us this summation of life so far: Jason Miller is a native of Pocatello Idaho.  At the age of 19 he served a mission for his church for two years in Venezuela where he learned Spanish and was given a new perspective on life. After his mission, he earned a BS degree in Biology from Idaho State University. After undergraduate study, Jason entered Midwestern University's Dental School.  Jason earned a coveted National Health Service Corp scholarship while in Dental School.  Jason is the current Dental Director for Heritage Health, the Federally qualified health center for our county.  Jason is married to a beautiful and talented wife, Heather, and they have three exceptional children.

Tonya Schorzman

Dave Shepherd

Zooey Byram - Married to Dennis, Zooey is a talented writer and teacher.  She grew up on a farm with several exotic animals and loves to tell interesting stories about their antics.  She has been doing her genealogy for some time and enjoys helping others do the same.

Ed & Pam Dittmar


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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