Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Heritage Room Genealogy Classes at the Council on Aging

On this day, we'd like you to know that the Heritage Room librarians will be offering a series of genealogy courses this year in conjunction with the Athens Community Council on Aging

Rather than the longer, comprehensive single classes we offered in the Heritage Room, these courses are focused on certain areas of research, such as Military Records (such as service records and pension applications), Courthouse Documents (such as deeds, wills, and tax records), and Milestone Documents (such as birth, marriage, and death certificates). 

Each class is independent, so if you are set on the basics, but want to know more about tax records or using newspapers in research, just take those classes when they are offered later in the year. (No final schedule has been set; please see the ACCA's program schedule for class dates and descriptions.)

Our first course will cover Getting Started with the Basics on Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012, from 1-2:30pm in the Harris Room at the ACCA's Hoyt Street location. The class is free to members of the ACCA's Center for Active Living. Though free for members of CAL, registration is required.

In this class, we'll cover such introductory information as how to fill out and use pedigree charts, family group sheets and family trees; how to use vital records, federal census records, and newspapers to piece together a family history; how to use family-kept records and papers, such as Bibles, scrapbooks, letters, etc.; and the importance of interviewing not just relatives, but family friends and neighbors when trying to fill out the many leaves on your family tree.

For more information about the classes, please call us at the library, (706) 613-3650, extension 356; to register, please call the Athens Council on Aging at (706) 549-4850 or consult their online program catalog, Senior Center Scene.

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