WVGS Classes/Workshops

WVGS offers a variety of classes from beginner to advanced to help you with your family history. Topics vary from year to year, but include genealogy research methods, record types, online resources, genealogy computer programs, technology aids, genetic genealogy, preserving memories and photos, and more.

Classes are usually held in the WVGS Library but some may be conducted virtually (see listing for each class below for location).

Registration with a credit or debit card using the “Add to Cart” buttons below is preferred. However, you may also register for classes with cash or check at our monthly membership meetings or at any time at the WVGS Library.

If you need to cancel after registering for a class, please send an email to classes@azwvgs.org. Please note that refunds may not be made if at least 24 hours advance notice is not received.

If the class you are interested in is sold out, please send an email to classes@azwvgs.org to be put on a waiting list.

We are always looking for new classes and instructors. If you are interested in teaching a class, please send email to classes@azwvgs.org.

 

Novice Genealogy - February 2023
Novice Genealogy - February 2023
A Basic Course for Beginning Family Research, with an 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 and where to find it.

Instructor: Barbara Stenberg
Friday, 1:00 – 3:30 p.m., February 17, 2023
In-person at WVGS Library

Please provide your phone number in the space below so we can contact you if there is a schedule change.

Available Qty: 17
MYX and Match DNA  - February 2023
MYX and Match DNA - February 2023
Want to understand your Mom’s, your Dad’s and your X’s DNA? No, not your ex‐spouse, your X chromosome! We’ll dive into your maternal Mitochondrial (mtDNA), paternal Y‐DNA and the X chromosome in this class. You will need to have tested your mtDNA or YDNA of yourself or another person to get the most out of the class. The class curriculum emphasizes learning from listening, sharing, watching and hands on! You’ll have the chance to play with learning tools and the steps to research your DNA results. Best for those who have taken the DNA Kindergarten class.

Instructor: Bonnie Bossert
Tuesday, 12:00 - 3:00 p.m., February 21, 2023
In-person at WVGS Library

Please provide your phone number in the space below so we can contact you if there is a schedule change.

Available Qty: 17
Designing a Family Tree Graphic  - February 2023
Designing a Family Tree Graphic - February 2023
A picture is worth a thousand words. What better way to share the infomation you’ve accumulated on your family’s ancestry than to provide easy to understand, professional looking graphics? Don’t feel very artistic? Well, there’s an app for all that! Yes, there are programs that create cartoonish looking family trees, but I will show you how to easily construct your personalized family tree using only the PROCREATE app on an Apple tablet. (Sorry, it’s not available for computers or Android tablets!). To learn how this app works, just bring your iPad with the Procreate app already loaded from the app store and a brief sketch of a small portion of your family tree, about two to four generations and less than 15 people will work.

Instructor: Lari Ott
Saturday, 9:30 - 12:30 p.m., February 25, 2023
In-person at WVGS Library

Please provide your phone number in the space below so we can contact you if there is a schedule change.

Available Qty: 19
Basic Writing for Genealogy - March 2023
Basic Writing for Genealogy - March 2023
The Basic Writing for Genealogy Class will discuss key points of organizing and writing your stories, family history, and other important details that are critical to preserving and publishing your precious family heritage.

Instructor: Cathy Gallagher
Wednesday, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m., March 8, 2023
In-person at WVGS Library

Please provide your phone number in the space below so we can contact you if there is a schedule change.

Available Qty: 18
Novice Genealogy - March 2023
Novice Genealogy - March 2023
A Basic Course for Beginning Family Research, with an 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 and where to find it.

Instructor: Barbara Stenberg
Friday, 1:00 – 3:30 p.m., March 17, 2023
In-person at WVGS Library

Please provide your phone number in the space below so we can contact you if there is a schedule change.

Available Qty: 20
DNA Kindergarten  - March 2023
DNA Kindergarten - March 2023
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.

Instructor: Bonnie Bossert
Thursday, 12:00 - 4:00 p.m., March 30, 2023
In-person at WVGS Library

Please provide your phone number in the space below so we can contact you if there is a schedule change.

Available Qty: 18
West Valley Genealogical Society