WVGS Classes/Workshops


To help you with your Genealogy, we offer a variety of basic-advanced Genealogy related classes/workshops.  Sessions are held in our Library in our Traditional classroom and our New PC classroom.

 

We cover the ins and outs of Genealogy, Genealogy Libraries, Genealogy Computer Programs, Technology Aids, Preserving Memories and Photos.  Classes may be registered and paid for at the library, on line or at our monthly Monday meetings. register online for classes


DESCRIPTION

CLASSES

INSTRUCTOR

Novice Genealogy

 

A Basic Course for Beginning Family Research


This class will focus on the first steps needed to get you started on your research. No prior knowledge is necessary.

 

Introduction to: census, vital records, church, probate, land, immigration, naturalization,and military records with related papers to be found in each...what to look for & where to find it.

 

This class is one session only, recurring on the 3rd Friday of the month unless noted differently.

 

When registering, please indicate the date for which you are requesting.


Friday, 1:00 - 3:30 pm,
(every 3rd Friday of the month unless noted otherwise)

 

Exceptions:

  • September 22, 2018; Saturday 10:00am to 12:30pm
  • December 15, 2018; Saturday 1:00pm to 3:30pm

 

Class Cost $12, Members, $14 Non-members (includes $2.00 fee for handouts).

Class will be limited to the first 20 people to register.

Registration Form or register online for classes

1 session

Barbara Stenberg

WVGS Computers 101

 

October 7, 21 and 28, 2018

 

Sundays, 1:00 - 3:30 pm

 

$30 for members; $36.00 for non-members

 

register online for classes, scroll through to find the class your class of interest

3 sessions

Lou McLean

Introduction to Legacy Family Tree
Version 9

 

October 11, 2018

 

Thursday, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

 

see details/registration form

 

Topics covered will include, but are not limited, to:

 

Organizing your data; starting a new Legacy database; importing a GEDCOM file; adding new people, marriages, locations, and sources; using the clipboard; how to include photos; to-do lists; and backing up your data.

 

The class is limited to 20 students.
The cost is $12.00 for members; $14.00 for non-members (includes $2 for handouts)

 

register online for classes, scroll through to find the class your class of interest

1 session

Jim Rogers

How to Attack a Genealogy Library

 

October 17, 2018

 

Wednesday, 1:00 - 3:00 pm

 

Although much is now online, libraries are still essential for genealogy research. This class takes you step by step on how to research your family at a library. It will tell you what to do before going to the library, how to find a book or periodical, how to use the card catalog, and more.

 

click here for details/registration form

 

 

The class is limited to 20 students.
The cost is $11.00 for members; $13.00 for non-members (includes $1 for handouts)

 

A separate check for each class should be made payable to WVGS and brought or mailed to the WVGS Library, 12222 N 111 Ave, Youngtown, AZ 85363-1225.

 

register online for classes, scroll through to find the class your class of interest

1 session

Jean White

DNA Kindergarten

 

October 23, 2018

 

Tuesday, 1:00 - 5:00 pm

 

(evening class available November 15)

 

see details/registration form

 

For those who are considering testing or have tested at any of the DNA testing companies and are wondering where to
start, this is a beginner’s class that even those who think they’ve figured it out will enjoy.

 

The class curriculum emphasizes learning in different ways—visual, audial, tactile and theoretical. You’ll have the chance to play with learning tools, test your smarts and we might even have nap time! Bring your questions about those teeny pieces of DNA and how they get in your family tree.

 

This Class is limited to 20 students.
The cost is $22.00 for members, $26.00 for non-members (includes $2.00 for handouts).

 

register online for classes, scroll through to find the class your class of interest

 

 

1 sessions

Bonnie Belza

Research Techniques I

 

Wednesday, 1:00 - 3:00 pm

 

October 24, 31 and November 7, 14, 2018

 

click here for details/registration form

 

This course of four sessions includes detailed information about:

 

  • organizing your data,
  • vital records and census records,
  • cemeteries and maps,
  • computer and internet sources, libraries and much more.

 

register online for classes see costs here, scroll through to find the class your class of interest

4 sessions

Jean White

Washington, D.C. Research at Home & Onsite

 

Saturday, 1:00 - 4:00 pm

 

October 27, 2018

 

 

 

register online for classes, scroll through to find the class your class of interest

1 session

Connie Sheets

Researching in New Geographical Areas

 

Thursday, 1:00 - 4:00 pm

 

November 8, 2018

 

click here for details/registration form

 

Whether because of new clues, boundary changes or migration, our research always takes us to "new to us" geographic areas.

 

Learning about the records and history of each geographic area in which our ancestors lived is crucial to successful family history research. This class is for the novice to intermediate researcher.

 

An easy to follow format will be given to start research in a new geographic area.

 

$16 for WVGS members, $19 for non-members. Includes $1.00 for handouts. This Class is limited to 20 students

 

register online for classes, scroll through to find the class your class of interest

1 session

Adrienne Haupt

Making Sense of the Census

 

Tuesday, 1:00 - 3:00 pm

 

November 13, 2018

 

click here for details/registration form

 

This class will help you understand:

  • How often Federal Censuses have been taken and which ones are publicly available,
  • Types of Federal Censuses (population, agricultural, slave, and other special schedules),
  • Locating Federal Censuses,
  • Information you can learn from Censuses (it may be more than you think!),
  • How to use the "tick marks" on pre-1850 censuses, and
  • State Censuses (which states have them and how to find them).

 

$11 for WVGS members, $13 for non-members.
Includes $1 for handouts.

 

register online for classes see costs here, scroll through to find the class your class of interest

1 session

Adrienne Haupt

DNA Kindergarten

 

Thursday, 5:00 - 9:00 pm

 

November 15, 2018

 

see detail/registration form

 

For those who are considering testing or have tested at any of the DNA testing companies and are wondering where to
start, this is a beginner’s class that even those who think they’ve figured it out will enjoy.

 

The class curriculum emphasizes learning in different ways—visual, audial, tactile and theoretical. You’ll have the chance to play with learning tools, test your smarts and we might even have nap time! Bring your questions about those teeny pieces of DNA and how they get in your family tree.

 

This Class is limited to 20 students.
The cost is $22.00 for members, $26.00 for non-members (includes $2.00 for handouts).

 

register online for classes, scroll through to find the class your class of interest

 

1 session

Bonnie Belza

Using Ancestry's DNA Tools,
(for those who have tested with Ancestry DNA)

 

Tuesday, 10:00 am - 12:00 noon

 

November 27, 2018

 

see details/registration form

 

This class is for those who have taken a DNA test with Ancestry.com. The class will focus on using Shared Matches, family trees, and size of match (centimorgans) to find relatives
and common ancestors. Other tools such as DNA Circles and DNA Hints will also be included.

 

The class is limited to 20 students.
The cost is $12.00 for members; $14.00 for non-members (includes $2 for handouts)

 

register online for classes, scroll through to find the class your class of interest

1 session

Barbara Shroyer

An Overview of Family Tree on Family Search

 

Wednesday, 1:00 - 3:00 pm

 

November 28, 2018

 

Would you like a free place online for your Family Tree, where it will be kept forever? If so, come learn about FamilySearch Family Tree.

 

Course includes reasons for using Family Tree, entering data, adding sources, photos, documents, and family stories, and much more.

 

click here for details/registration form

 

The class is limited to 20 students.
The cost is $10.00 for members; $12.00 for non-members

 

A separate check for each class should be made payable to WVGS and brought or mailed to the WVGS Library, 12222 N 111 Ave, Youngtown, AZ 85363-1225.

 

register online for classes, scroll through to find the class your of interest

1 session

Jean White

Getting the Most from Ancestry.com

 

Thursday, 10:00 am- 12:30 pm

 

December 8, 2018

 

see details/registration form

 

This class will focus on the differences between the Ancestry Library Edition (available at the WVGS Library) and personal paid subscriptions, as well as search strategies and "hidden" resources at Ancestry.com. We will discuss:

 

  • the Ancestry Menu,
  • Search techniques, including when and how to use Wild Card, Exact, and other search types,
  • Ancestry Collections and Databases,
  • How and when to use the Ancestry Card Catalog,
  • Pros and cons of Ancestry Trees and the "little green leaf,"
  • What to do when you think you've exhausted what's available on Ancestry.com.


This class will be geared to beginning and intermediate researchers, but more advanced participants should also find it useful. You may wish to bring your laptop or tablet, but it is not required.

 

The class is limited to 20 students.
The cost is $11.00 for members; $13.00 for non-members (includes $1 for handouts)

   

 

 

Please make your check payable to WVGS.
You may also use a credit or debit card to register at our Online Store.

 

You may call the WVGS Library at 623-933-4945 to verify if the classes are still open for enrollment and to check for potential scheduling additions or other changes. 

 

Non-Members may attend our classes.   Payment must accompany your registration.

 

Please call the Library during our normal hours to cancel attendance; refunds may not be made if at least 24 hours advance notice is not received.