Fundamentals of Genealogy: Basics for Everyone

Saturday, March 8, 2014
(This program continues for multiple sessions)
Saturdays, March 8 – March 22
Led by Marsha Peterson-Maas

The Newberry has one of the strongest genealogy research collections in the nation. Whether you are a beginner or looking for formal fundamentals training, try these seminars, tailored to meet your research needs. Take all six or just those that interest you most.

Six session rate: $215.
Register for all six online. Individual session prices as marked below.

Research Methodology

Saturday, 10 am – 1 pm, March 8
We will tackle the fundamentals of accredited genealogical research and process methodology including research basics, strategies for beginners, precepts, and establishing standards of proof. We will also review genealogical software and online research resources. One session, $55.
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Records Group I

Saturday, 2 – 4 pm, March 8
We will cover how to find and use the U.S. Federal Census, religious and vital records, and more using Newberry.org, Ancestry.com, and FamilySearch.org. One session, $45.
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Records Group II

Saturday, 10 am – Noon, March 15
We will focus on library research and reference tools, including genealogical resources at the Newberry, library catalog searching, inter-library loan, and Chicago genealogical materials. The session will include a brief tour of the Newberry. One session, $45.
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Records Group III

Saturday, 1 – 3 pm, March 15
We will discuss wills and probate records, local histories and city/county/telephone directories (including HeritageQuest Books), genealogical publications (including PERSI), as well as military, tax, and ethnic records. One session, $45.
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Networking, Analyzing, Recording, and Organizing

Saturday, 10 am – Noon, March 22
We will learn about networking both the “old fashioned” way and online via genealogical service providers (like Ancestry.com), social media, societies, email lists, e-bulletin boards, and DNA databases. We will also discuss methods of information analysis, recording software, citations, style sheets, and organizing many forms of information. One session, $45.
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Records Group IV

Saturday, 1 – 3 pm, March 22
We will cover the important sources of maps, land records, newspapers, and immigration and naturalization records. One session, $45.
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Marsha Peterson-Maas is a forensic genealogist and member of the Association of Professional Genealogists. She has taught Newberry seminars since 2003.

Materials List (same for all sessions)
Required:

  • Participants to bring paper and pen for note taking.
  • Marsha will offer an extensive agenda outline and include several genealogy periodical articles.
  • Fundamentals of Genealogy®: Basics for Everyone, instructor will bring copies to class for students to use and optionally purchase.

This class is part of the Newberry’s Adult Education Seminars Program.

Cost and registration information: 

Six session rate: $215. Register for all six online. Individual session prices as marked.