Beginner’s Genealogy Classes offered October-November


The Local History Department of the Berkshire Athenaeum announces a four-part series on beginning genealogy.

  • On Thursday, October 12,  we’ll be learning how to organize and plan  family research, along with reviewing what the census is and how to glean information from it.
  • We follow up on Thursday, October 19, with  using vital records and beginning level immigration research. Learn how how navigate the various vital record sites and begin research on your immigrant  ancestor.
  • On Thursday, October 26, we delve into, the world’s largest genealogy website, which can help you discover your family history and build a family tree. Search birth records, census data, obituaries and more.
  •  We conclude on Thursday, November 2, with an introduction to, a resource built by a nonprofit family history organization that has been gathering, preserving and sharing genealogical records worldwide for over 100 years.

All sessions run 10 am – 12 noon. We recommend registering for all sessions to receive the most benefit from the instruction.  Class instructors will be library volunteers Janet Rogge and Angela Rifkin, assisted by Vera Silvia.

Space is limited and Preregistration is required.  Register at the Calendar of Events on the library’s website or by contacting the  Local History Department at or  413 499-9480 x6 during regular business hours.

Please note: We accept your registration as a commitment to attend a session and we will hold a spot for you. If you later find you will not be able to attend, we request that you let us know so we can alert someone on our waiting list. Those who habitually reserve a spot and then don’t show may be denied the opportunity to register for future sessions. Thank you.

Sponsored by the The Berkshire Athenaeum and The Berkshire Family History Association.


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