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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.


Minimizing Clutter: Organizing Your Family History Information  - June 2024
Minimizing Clutter: Organizing Your Family History Information - June 2024
Are you overwhelmed with genealogy "stuff?" Becoming distracted and going down too many rabbit holes when you search? This class will address ideas for planning the research process; gaining control over your computer or paper files, photos, copies, and records; and figuring out what to do with all you've learned (or will learn) about your ancestors.

Instructor: Connie Sheets
Saturday, 1:00 - 3:30 p.m., June 8, 2024
THIS CLASS WILL BE CONDUCTED VIRTUALLY via Zoom. Registrants will receive the necessary link via e-mail about one week prior to the class.

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 - July 2024
Novice Genealogy - July 2024
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., July 19, 2024
In-person at WVGS Library (Multipurpose Room)

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

Available Qty: 20
Building & Managing Your Family Tree on Ancestry - July 2024
Building & Managing Your Family Tree on Ancestry - July 2024
If you have a subscription to Ancestry and are building a Member Tree, you will want to attend this class. Learn about public vs private vs unsearchable trees, using other members’ trees, MyTreeTags, notes & comments, printing charts, managing hints, merging duplicates, adding information from other websites, source citations, gedcom files and syncing to your desktop computer, and other “Trees” features. This class has been updated to cover recent Ancestry changes.

Instructor: Connie Sheets
Saturday, 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., July 27, 2024
THIS CLASS WILL BE CONDUCTED VIRTUALLY via Zoom. Registrants will receive the necessary link via e-mail about one week prior to the class.

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

Available Qty: 17
Genealogy 101: Foundations for Research - August 2024
Genealogy 101: Foundations for Research - August 2024
This class is designed for those with less than 3 years experience but anyone who wants to review the basics of how to find and compile information about their ancestors is welcome. Completion of the Novice Genealogy class or equivalent is recommended.

Topics include understanding family trees, ancestor charts, and family group sheets; setting research goals; finding and using records and sources (online and elsewhere); documenting search results (research log); an overview of the concept of genealogical proof; and avoiding common mistakes.

Optional “homework” assignments are included — be prepared to spend a few hours each week between the sessions to complete the assignments. The 3rd session is a free, more informal session to focus on and ask questions about researching your own family; you will leave that session with a plan for what to do next.

Instructors: Connie Sheets
Mondays, 9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., August 12, 19, and 26, 2024 (3 sessions)
THIS CLASS WILL BE CONDUCTED VIRTUALLY via Zoom. Registrants will receive the necessary link via e-mail about one week prior to the first session.

The class is limited to 12 participants.

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

Available Qty: 12
Novice Genealogy - August 2024
Novice Genealogy - August 2024
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., August 16, 2024
In-person at WVGS Library (Multipurpose Room)

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

Available Qty: 20
West Valley Genealogical Society