Fundamentals of Genealogy 3: Research Methodology | Newberry

Fundamentals of Genealogy 3: Research Methodology

Led by Marsha Peterson-Maass. One session, 9 am - noon.
Saturday, September 30, 2017
Saturday, September 30

9 am - noon

Cost and Registration Information

Early Registration Price (by September 1): $70

Regular Price (after September 1): $77

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Seminar Description

This seminar is the first class in the Fundamentals of Genealogy Series.

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

In this session, we will tackle the fundamentals of accredited genealogical research and process methodology including research basics, important records repositories, precepts, and establishing standards of proof. We will review genealogical software, online resources for research, and research strategies. One session.

Marsha Peterson-Maass is author of the Fundamentals of Genealogy® textbook series and a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists. She has led numerous genealogy seminars at the Newberry Library since 2002.

Materials List


  • There are no required materials for this class. The instructor will make the below recommended textbooks available to use in the classroom whether students choose to purchase them or not.


  • Fundamentals of Genealogy®: The Most Helpful Tools You’ve Never Used. ISBN-13: 978-0-578-18417-3
  • Fundamentals of Genealogy®: Basics for Everyone. ISBN-13: 978-0-578-18416-6
    • Both texts will be available for purchase directly from the instructor in the classroom, as well as from the publisher,, at

First Reading:

  • There is no reading assignment for this class.

This class is part of the Newberry’s Adult Education Seminars Program. Learn more about our registration procedures.