October 30th, 2008 at 10:57 am (Articles)
I want to take time to thank all of you that have signed up for the class “Basic Genealogy: Getting Started.” Sometime ago I was approached by the Head Librarian to see if I would be willing to host a class on just the basics of starting genealogy. I of course was glad to do this. Although I am not a certified genealogist, I have done genealogy for about 20 years. I truly love doing family history and I am always happy to help others with their research.
A few months ago, when we decided to create several of the classes for “Adult Entertainment” at the Library, and one date for the genealogy class was decided upon. Well to my surprise, there are now three different dates set-up. The first was last week Oct. 15th, next is November 13, and last is December 4th. All are at 6 to 8 pm.
Pre-registration is required.
The patrons that attended seemed pleased with what they learned during the class. As a presenter, this is just what I wanted to hear. During my years doing research, I have found family history to be a very pleasing hobby. After talking to several of the people that attended the class, I think this is their finding too. They have not been doing their family history for very long, but they are enjoying it. But like most of us, when you are just getting started, you just need someone to give you some ideas as to what to do next.
You do not have to attend classes to get this information. Most libraries keep a nice group of self-help books on how to get started and places to check for more information. There are a few really good magazines available as well. Everton’s Genealogical Helper and Family Tree Magazine are two of them. I have subscribed to these personally for many years and have been very pleased with the articles and the information they provide.
And there is always the internet. These days you can find almost anything on the web. “Cyndi’s List” is one of the best places to start. For me, this is the best overall site out there. She has a lot to sort through, so take you time. You will find everything from forms to world wide search info. For anyone out there that does the on-line reader services, you can add this site to your lists. Cyndi’s List: http://www.cyndislist.com/
Now here is what I would like to see next, I would like to hear from all of you that visit this site. Send in your questions, your stories, and helpful hints.