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Genealogy Classes

Fall 2014 Beginner’s Genealogy Seminar Series

The Santa Clara County Historical & Genealogical Society is sponsoring a three-part seminar on how to get started researching your family history; Part 1 will be offered twice. All classes are free and registration is required (no walk-ins admitted). If you have any questions, please contact us at .

Location: Santa Clara Central Park Library
Central Park Library Redwood Room (1st floor)
2635 Homestead Road
Santa Clara, CA

The Santa Clara County Historical & Genealogical Society will be sponsoring a three-part seminar on how to get started researching your family history, with Part 1 being offered twice. All classes are free but registration is required. NO WALK-INS WILL BE ACCEPTED.

  • Part 1 : Getting Started in Genealogy
    Date/Location: Friday, September 19, 1:00-4:30 p.m., Central Park Library Redwood Room
    Registration: Open

    This session will explain the basics of getting started researching your family history. The class will help you discover what documents you have and what documentation you need. You will learn what information is available from vital records and how this is useful, and will get started in completing Family Group Sheets and Pedigree Charts.

  • Part 1 : Getting Started in Genealogy
    Date/Location: Monday, October 6, 1:00-4:30 p.m., Central Park Library Redwood Room
    Registration: Open

    This session will explain the basics of getting started researching your family history. The class will help you discover what documents you have and what documentation you need. You will learn what information is available from vital records and how this is useful, and will get started in completing Family Group Sheets and Pedigree Charts.

  • Part 2 : U.S. Census & Internet Genealogy
    Date/Location: Wednesday, October 8, 1:00-4:30 p.m., Central Park Library Redwood Room
    Registration: Open

    Learn the importance of following your ancestors with the U.S. Census. This session will walk you through the various U.S. Censuses through 1940—different census years have different information. Learn to find clues about the lives of your ancestors and where they lived. Different Genealogy websites, such as Ancestry, RootsWeb and Family Search, will be explored. Find out which websites are free vs. paid, how to evaluate the accuracy of what you find, and how to connect to other genealogists using Message Boards.

  • Part 3: Organization & Genealogy Software
    Date/Location: Wednesday, October 22, 1:00-4:30 p.m., Central Park Library Redwood Room
    Registration: Open

    This class will explore organization of your genealogy materials. Learn the different methods of filing your information and the forms and charts to use. If you are looking for a genealogy software program for your computer, you will be given a checklist of what to note when choosing a computer program, and how easy it is to input your information.


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