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

You may attend one or all of the sessions.  Registration is required.
Class size is limited to 25 people.  Minimum class size is eight.

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

Getting Started with RootsMagic
RootsMagic is powerful genealogy software that not only manages your pedigree and ancestral chart data but also allows you to integrate photos and documents and print custom reports and publish family histories.  Learn how RootsMagic can keep your family tree growing straight and looking good!  Topics covered include:

+ Downloading and installing the software
+ Growing your tree one family at a time
+ What to do about sources
+ Maintaining your lists
+ Printing reports and publishing

When:                        Thursday, September 12 at 6:30 p.m.
Class length:              1 hour
Designed for:             Beginners or those with minimal experience
Presenter:                  Melissa Smith
Registration opens:   August 1
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Saving the Past
Preserving and organizing family photographs and documents is an important part of genealogy.  In this class, you'll learn the skills you need to get the job done.  Participants are encouraged to bring their own family photos and documents about which they have preservation questions. Topics covered include:

+ What should I do with all these photographs?
+ Preserving and storing old images and documents
+ Scanning photographs and documents.
+ Housing and displaying them

When:                        Thursday, October 10 at 6:30 p.m.
Class length:              1 hour
Designed for:             Beginners or those with minimal experience
Presenter:                  Steve Read and Melissa Smith
Registration opens:    August 1
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Origins:  Immigration and International Research
Most of us trace our origins in this country to people coming to America – some earlier and some later.  But how did our ancestors get here, and from where?  And how to continue tracing our line in another country?  Get ready to go global!  Topics covered include:

+ A nation of immigrants
+ To the transporter, Mr. Spock!
+ Going global
+ A brief guide to the rest of the world
+ With a little help from my genes

When:                        Thursday, November 14 at 6:30 p.m.
Class length:              1 hour
Designed for:             Beginners or those with minimal experience
Presenter:                  Steve Read
Registration opens:   August 1
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Breakthrough: Strategies for Brick Walls and American Research before 1850
Hitting brick walls while tracing your line is a common occurrence, particularly when the time frame of your research is before 1850.  These strategies may give you the sledgehammer you need to bust through those walls.  Topics covered include:

+ Making friends with taxes
+ Rocking the FAN club
+ Shifting into drive
+ Changing your point of view
+ Thinking like Sherlock Holmes
+ Rounding up the kids

When:                        Thursday, December 12 at 6:00 p.m.
Class length:              1 and 1/2 hours, including a break
Designed for:             Genealogists with names on their tree and experience researching.
Presenter:                  Steve Read
Registration opens:    August 1
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