This virtual three-part program will help begin the journey towards a family’s story.

Wednesday, September 7th, 1 – 3 pm Session 1

Will teach you the fundamentals of family history research. You will use the data you collected about your family to begin your search. You will use the data you collected on your family to begin your research. In this class you will learn how to research using a basic genealogical search method, to compile information using established genealogy sites and software, the features of each site and software, and basic research source documentation.

Wednesday, September 21st, 1 – 3 pm Session 2

You will dig into vital records, uncover census basics and avoid search errors. You will familiarize yourself with vital record types, learn to recognize the first and second sources, interpret census data, naturalization data, and draft military records. You will see how to avoid common search errors and see varieties of simple family tree publications.

Wednesday, October 5th, 1-3 pm Session 3

Obituary notes, The naturalization process and some sources on the government website. Shows the various types of Obituaries and their value in the ancestor search. Uncovers the phases of the Naturalization Process our ancestor’s census. Presents how to access Alien Files in the Natural Archives Database for research. Relates the history and use of US Visas by our ancestors. Introduces the US Archives Publications List as a source of genealogical records.

Handouts from Sessions 1 and 2 will be highlighted during the presentation and will be emailed to all participants upon completion of the course. No handouts are available for Session 3. Registration for each course is separate. Links are available on our Website PastfinderofSL can be found on Facebook. 

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