Discover your roots and branches on Nov. 11

Family History Library directors Roger and Bonnie Hadley work with the Family Search program on computer to track down relatives.

Photo courtesy of Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints

 

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will hold a Family History Discovery Day on Nov. 11, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., at the Great Falls Montana Stake Center located at 1401 Ninth St. NW. Classes include: military records, websites, web-indexing, mobile apps, migration, partner sites (Big 4), and research methodology. Fun and games will be available for children, and a nursery will be provided.

 According to Library directors Roger and Bonnie Hadley the vision and goal they have for Discovery Day is to help people with their family history work. “We have extremely knowledgeable people that can share their expertise. Future development will be centered on the use of smart phones. People, particularly the younger generation, will pick up a phone and use the apps. If people in the community are going to be spending money on partner sites, they need to understand the similarities and differences and which site will work best for them.”

The class offered on research methodology, “is to help beginners understand not just the computers, but how to do the research.”

Family Search is a church-sponsored free website tool to locate ancestors and build a family tree. Once your tree is established, printing out a generational fan chart is quick and easy.

The church compiled some of the worlds most extensive and detailed genealogical files.

In addition, a Family History Library – located in the same building at 1401 Ninth St. NW – is open through the year, three days a week to assist all community members in identifying ancestors and family history work, with resources available and access to the Family History Center in Salt Lake. It is open from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, and from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on Wednesday evenings. Phone for the library is (406) 453-1625. 

Belt, Havre and Lewistown also have Family History Centers, open to the public.

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