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 PC classroom. We cover the ins and outs of genealogy, genealogy libraries, genealogy computer programs, technology aids, genetic genealogy, preserving memories and photos and more.

Registration for classes may be done by check or exact cash at our monthly membership meetings. You may also use a credit or debit card to register using the Add to Cart buttons on the classes below.

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 email 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 or have an idea for a class, please send email to classes@azwvgs.org.

 

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

Instructor: Connie Sheets
Friday, 1:00 - 4:00 p.m., December 9, 2022
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: 8
Getting the Most from Ancestry.com  - January 2023
Getting the Most from Ancestry.com - January 2023
This class will provide an overview of the Ancestry website, focusing on the “Search” tab. Topics covered include the differences between Ancestry Library Edition (available at the WVGS Library) and personal paid subscriptions, an overview of the Ancestry menu, search strategies including wild card searches, understanding Ancestry Collections and Databases, and how and when to use the Ancestry Card Catalog.

If you rely mostly on Hints in your Member Tree and do not regularly search Collections individually or use the Ancestry Card Catalog, this class should help you find more information about your ancestors that may be hiding on Ancestry.

Instructor: Connie Sheets
Thursday, 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., January 12, 2023
In-person at WVGS Library

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Available Qty: 20
What to Do With Your Genealogy After You're Gone - January 2023
What to Do With Your Genealogy After You're Gone - January 2023
Who will receive your research - your family or a genealogical society? What exactly is your genealogy research? If you don’t have a list of these items, how will others know where to find them and keep them? How do I get organized? Have you written your obituary? Learn how to complete a home inventory. Learn about appraisals, estate auctions and more!

Instructor: Cathy Gallagher
Wednesdays, 1:00 - 3:00 p.m., January 18 and 25, 2023 (2 sessions)
In-person at WVGS Library

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Available Qty: 18
Novice Genealogy - January 2023
Novice Genealogy - January 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., January 20, 2023
In-person at WVGS Library

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Available Qty: 20
Research in Salt Lake City - January 2023
Research in Salt Lake City - January 2023
This class is appropriate for those joining the 2023 WVGS Research Trip to Salt Lake City and anyone considering such a trip in the future. The class will offer the following:

* An overview of the Family History Library and its resources so that you know what to expect.
* Information about what items to take.
* Tips on how to set objectives for your research.
* Suggestions about the homework you need to do before the trip.
* How the FamilySearch.org website can help in your trip preparation.
* Tips on how to organize your materials in order to attack the Library and maximize limited research time.

Instructor: Marilyn Simleness
Saturday, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m., January 21, 2023
In-person at WVGS Library

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Available Qty: 18
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

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Available Qty: 20
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

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Available Qty: 20
West Valley Genealogical Society