Genealogy Classes & Resources

Genealogy Classes

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Upcoming classes:

Personal genealogist via Zoom

MON, JAN 11, 9-10:30 a.m. (Click here to register starting 12/28)
MON, JAN 11, 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (Click here to register starting 12/28)
WED, JAN 13, 9-10:30 a.m. (Click here to register starting 12/30)
WED, JAN 13, 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. 
(Click here to register starting 12/30)

Personal Genealogist Time!  Bring your questions and research papers or documents.  The Instructor will suggest different resources for you to search and together we can make a plan for you.   Before attending, draft a paper tree of your family for quick and easy reference.  If you have questions about Ancestry, My Heritage or Internet Archives (Cloud Library), this is the time to ask. 

Family Tree Maker Database

MON, JAN 18, 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. 
Click here to register.

Family Tree Maker is a great database which will organize your family tree on your personal computer.  It also prints family trees and reports.  If you have not purchased this program, come and learn more about it.  If you own the program, we will work on how to enter data, print your trees and more.  If you have an Ancestry subscription and you cancel it, you will not be able to access and update your tree.  This program syncs with both Ancestry Family Tree Maker and will download the attachments to your computer.  Once you do that you have total control over your family tree.  It's a cold and dreary month! Great time to work on your family tree! Sign up for the follow up meeting on January 25.

Searching for Vital Records on Ancestry
MON, FEB 8, 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Click here to register starting 1/25. 

What are Vital Records?  Vital records are birth, death, and marriage records which are recorded in a local courthouse or at the state level. They are your best source for proof of lineage (your family tree) and documented records. Many records go back to the 1700's and are on Ancestry; others need to be ordered from the state or county courthouses. Discussion will include how to get the best record possible and how you can link family members through records. This lesson will include a discussion and examples of primary and secondary sources found on Vital Records.

Create a Family Tree and Organize Those Papers!
WED, FEB 10, 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Click here to register starting 1/27.

What is the best way to record, store, and organize your genealogy records?
Paper Trees/Charts; Ancestry Digital Trees; Notebooks and Files
You may have your tree on Ancestry, but do you know how to create a paper tree which you can easily share with family members?  If you are an Ancestry beginner, devise a plan for organizing your paperwork before it becomes overwhelming.  Instruction will include how to correctly enter data on your Ancestry tree and enhance your research or on a paper tree.  Once you have created a tree, what records do you print or save digitally and where do you keep those records.  Examples will include notebooks, file folders, and several types of family trees.

Free Historic Books and Records
MON, FEB 15, 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Click here to register starting 2/1.

Free Books and Records are available on Internet Archives and Open Library!
You have found your records on Ancestry, but is there more to the story?  There are thousands of historic books which include biographies and specific details about early pioneers and settlements. Instruction will include how to properly download, archive, and print these stories.  Internet Archives also includes microfilm and other media.  

What You’ll Learn

In the Genealogy Classes you can learn about the following topics:

  • Find and use census information.
  • Find and use library databases including ancestry international, world vitals records, proquest and historical maps.
  • Find the best sites for historical newspapers and books.
  • Save, organize and print from these sites.


We also have resources online and in our collection to help you put together the pieces of your family’s past.

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