treeGenealogy 101
January 21 – March 25- 2017

Tracing one’s ancestors is a rewarding opportunity to discover and preserve a family history for generations to come. The Local History Department’s Genealogy 101 series focuses on the best methods of searching a variety of resources that may reveal very interesting or little-known information about a family. These methods apply to genealogical research across the United States.


This series of classes is offered on consecutive Saturdays, January 21- March 25, 2017 from 9:10  – 10:45 a.m. in the Central Library auditorium. Bonus programs are scheduled from 10:45 a.m. – Noon.


Pre-registration appreciated.  Call 920-448-5815.


January 21 Introduction to Genealogy 101: A Primer
January 28

Searching Vital Records: The Clues They Hold

Learn how to find valuable information in death, marriage and birth records.



February 4

Searching Census Records: More Than a Head Count|

Learn how to find detailed information about residents and their relationship to the head of the household.


BONUS!  Documentation – how to label and document what has been found.


February 11

Searching Newspapers: Fit to Print?  It might be there.

Discover how newspapers can hold some of the most complete and interesting narratives beneficial to genealogical research.


BONUS!  Organization – the key to efficient and effective research.  Learn how not to repeat work.



February 18

Searching Land Records: How Do  I Find the Farm?

Learn how this often overlooked source can be an integral part of research.





February 25

Searching Naturalization Records: But They Always Voted!

These records can be the window to the native land and are worth searching.


BONUS!  Dutch Database Research – Find out what databases are free.


March 4

Searching Court Records: Yes, They Went to Court!

Court records are often overlooked as a resource for genealogy but they can be very useful to the researcher.
BONUS!  Researching in Different Irish Religions.

                    March 11

Computer Databases: What is new, what is free, and more.



BONUS!  Belgian & Alsace/French Database Research


March 18

More Computer Databases: Learn about more new & free resources  and what’s available at the library




March 25  

Computer Programs: What’s out there – the new and the old.

BONUS!  Proving Family Stories: Truth and Tales