Spring brings…new Genealogy classes!

genealogy_treeThe Local History & Genealogy Department is pleased to announce a new crop of Genealogy classes scheduled for March and April.

  • Learn How to Use Familysearch.org for Ancestor Research is scheduled for  10 am – 12 noon on Tuesday, March 25, and will be repeated at 4 – 6 pm on Wednesday, March 26. This workshop is intended for those who want to learn how to navigate and use the familysearch.org website. Interested individuals should register for one session only.

To facilitate the learning process, registrants are required to create a Family Search account prior to the class. (Navigate to the site; select Join for Free and enter the requested information.)

  • A four workshop series for novice researchers is planned for Thursday, March 27, and Thursday, April 3. The series includes morning and afternoon sessions with a noontime lunch break. Instructors for these sessions will be Janet Rogge and Angela Rifkin. No prerequisites required.

March 27

  • 10-12: Organizing your records and planning your research
  • 1-3:  Introduction to Census Research

April 3

  • 10-12: Using Vital Records
  • 1-3:  Beginning Immigration Research  
  • A third series, Continuing your Genealogy Research using the Census and Other Resources, is planned for four consecutive Tuesdays in April (April 8, 15, 22 and 29). Instructor Alan Horbal will present techniques for continuing to pursue your genealogical research. Participants may choose either a morning session (10 am – 12 noon) or afternoon session (1 – 3 pm). Prerequisite: An established email account. Prospective registrants should be prepared to commit to all four classes. Attendees may bring a personal laptop or use one provided by the library.

Space is limited. Registration is required and may be made with the Local History Department by calling 499-9480 ext. 6

These offerings are sponsored by the Berkshire Athenaeum and the Berkshire Family History Association.


About Berkshire Athenaeum

We are the public library for the city of Pittsfield, Massachusetts.
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