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
+  Getting (and staying) organized
+  Ready reference
+  Research essentials
+  Getting started


September 14


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

September 21


Beyond the Census
+  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
+   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
+  What should I do with all these photographs?
+  Preserving and storing old images and documents.
+  Bring your special photos and documents for preservation 


October 12


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


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