With the number of genealogy resources rapidly expanding and available online, there's never been a better time to start researching your family history!  This series of seven classes, taught by McPherson Public Library staff members, will give you the tools you need to succeed in your quest.

All classes begin at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday evenings in the library meeting room and last for one hour.  Time will be available afterwards for discussion and assistance.

You may attend one or all of the sessions.  No pre-registration is required.

Questions?  Call us at (620) 245-2570 or email us by clicking here.

September 7

 

Basic Training
Includes:
+  Getting (and staying) organized
+  Ready reference
+  Research essentials
+  Getting started

 

September 14

 

Time to Hit the Beaches
Includes:
+  Strategy, strategy, strategy
+  Gold standard:  The U.S. Federal Census
+  The Big 2 1/2:  Ancestry, FamilySearch, and HeritageQuest


September 21

 

Beyond the Census
Includes:
+  Census schedules and tax lists
+  Using the Ancestry and FamilySearch catalogs
+  Timelines tell the story
+  Public institutions are our best friends
+  Women are hard to find

 

September 28

 

More Resources
Includes:
+   A stroll around HeritageQuest
+  The Net (Don't get caught in it)
+  The tangled branches of family trees
+  Military records overview


October 5

 

Saving the Past
Includes:
+  What should I do with all these photographs?
+  Preserving and storing old images and documents.
+  Bring your special photos and documents for preservation 
         advice!

 

October 12

 

Origins
Includes:
+  Immigration
+  Going global:  International research
+  Are you ready for DNA?

 

October 19 Tracing Your Line in McPherson County
Includes:
+  Online resources of the McPherson Public Library
+  Physical collections of the McPherson Public Library
+  Other county sites and resources.