*Abbreviations under the "Available" column: A = Available // NA = Not Available // R = Previously Registered // WL = Currently on the Wait List

Explore Your Roots: Getting Started in Genealogy

Have you ever wondered about your family's history? How do you start your family tree? Isn't everything on the internet? Can't you just click on a shaking leaf and get the whole story? In this class, you will find answers to those questions with hands-on practice in sound genealogical research. While basic principles have not changed, technology has transformed the tools available to find information about our ancestors. Beginning genealogists will get off to a good start in this introduction, combining technology with traditional practice. We will cover organization, planning, software, websites, and more.

Instructor Bio:

Patricia Lukas and Linda Brown Gore are genealogy enthusiasts. Linda is a retired insurance adjuster who has been researching her family history for about 25 years. Patricia has been working on her genealogy for about 10 years. Jean Cooper, guest speaker, is the Librarian for Content Access and Research / Genealogical Resource Specialist at the University of Virginia Library.

Required Reading:

Participants will need a JMRL library card and a laptop or tablet computer. Due to the pace of this class, basic computer skills, including ability to access the internet and website use, are essential.

Course Number Instructor Dates Day Time Location Available
B108 Patricia Lukas Apr 16, 23, 30, May 7 Mo 2:00-3:30 p.m. OLLI Conference Room WL

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