|Getting Started in Genealogy
This 1 hour class explores the resources offered within the Henderson County Public Library. The class introduces the students to techniques for researching using databases, the internet, local print holdings, microfilm, and family tree forms. The instructor provides information on local sources and shows patrons how to use the Public Internet Terminals. The class provides an overall view of the other genealogy and computer classes held at the library. Attendance is limited.
A Tour of the Genealogy Room
This 1 hour session in the genealogy room identifies the equipment in the genealogy room and introduces students to reference books in the room that assist in general genealogy research. The use of genealogy and family tree forms is discussed and the session covers some of the possibilities for research in the community and region. The instructor demonstrates how to use the genealogy computer. Attendance is limited to 6.
Using the Technology in the Genealogy Room
This 1 hour class demonstrates the various technologies available in the genealogy room including the microfilm and microfiche readers. The library's three microfilm readers offer a variety of ways to view and print. The newest microfilm reader is able to scan images and create a PDF file to be transferred onto a storage device or for emailing. Public computer access will also be reviewed. Attendance is limited to 4 people.
An Introduction to the Family Tree Maker Genealogy Program
hour class focuses on Family Tree Maker, the most popular genealogy program in use today. The class includes a description of the more common features of the program. The instructor demonstrates the techniques needed to enter the data and makes suggestions about avoiding common mistakes when using the program. The student is shown a sample printout of ancestor and descendant charts plus a family group sheet. At the end, the instructor shows a sample of a full family genealogy book. Attendance is limited.
Searching the US Census
Experience with a computer is highly recommended. This 1½ hour class demonstrates how to use the computer to search for family members on the Federal censuses. To benefit the most from the class, the patron should have done some genealogy research and have worked with ancestor charts or family group sheets.
During the second part of the class, students use the library's computers to practice techniques and ask questions. Students are encouraged to bring the names, dates, and places of birth of several ancestors or relatives who were born or lived in the U.S. before 1930 to make sure the best use of the hands-on portion of the class. Attendance is limited to 6 people.
Googling for Genealogy
This 1½ hour class covers techniques for searching the internet through Google. Google's unique web search features are discussed. During the second hour, students use the library's computers to practice techniques and ask questions. It is recommended that the student bring the names, places, and dates of at least 1 ancestor who was alive prior to 1930. Attendance is limited to 6 people.
Surfing the Internet for Genealogy
This 1½ hour class demonstrates using the Internet for advanced genealogy research. The Internet sites available on the library's computer and website are demonstrated. Experiences in the previous classes will be beneficial when surfing. The patron must have some experience with a computer. During the second hour, students use the library's computers to practice techniques and ask questions. Therefore, the student should bring information about an ancestor or relative as examples for searching. Attendance is limited to 6 people.
Advanced Internet and technology based topics discussed at length in a 1 to 1½ hour class. Topics include electronic newspapers, military records, passenger lists, immigration ports, electronic books, writing effective queries, advanced Google and Family Tree Maker courses. More topics are being developed on a regular basis. Classes are taught 1 to 2 times per year. Attendance is usually 8-10 people.
Advanced research topics with greater emphasis on strategy and less on technology instruction. Topics include Finding Female Ancestors, Scotch/Irish Research, Identifying Family Photographs, Preserving Family Photographs, Migration Routes, DNA/Genetics, Gravestones, and more. Courses are in various stages of development. Classes are taught 1 to 2 times per year and last one hour. Attendance is usually 8-10 people.