Genealogy Toolbox Series | Newberry

Genealogy Toolbox Series

Led by Caron Primas Brennan
Thursday, October 7, 2021
Six sessions. Thursdays, October 7-November 11



For the Fall 2021 term, we’re offering a mix of virtual and in-person classes. Although we are still primarily virtual, you will find a smaller selection of in-person seminars in the schedule. For more information about the Newberry’s virtual seminars, including a Zoom tutorial, please see our Virtual Seminars FAQ page. Registration opens on September 1st at 9am (Central time). Registration will take place through our online platform, Learning Stream.

Seminar Description

Take this whole three-part series and build your genealogy research toolbox. Register below for all three seminars or select the individual seminars that appeal the most to you.

Genealogy Toolbox: A Primer
October 7 - October 14

Take a tour of the under-utilized website to see what it has to offer genealogy researchers. This course will include a review of this free resource and all the research opportunities it offers, as well as other tools useful for genealogists and family historians.

Genealogy Toolbox: An Primer
October 21 -October 28

So, you think you know Ancestry? In this course, we will take a tour of the website to reveal all it has to offer genealogy researchers„ focusing especially on tips and tricks for getting the most from the site.

Genealogy Toolbox: Family History Databases to Know
November 4 - November 11

Have you exhausted your old standby resources? Do you need some new records to review? This genealogy workshop will introduce you to family history databases you may have heard of but never utilized, in particular (a military history site),, American Ancestors, and FindMyPast.

Six sessions. Registration – $230

Caron Primas Brennan is a frequent speaker on genealogy at local libraries and genealogical societies. She has taught at the Newberry since 2009 and is a member of the Genealogical Speakers Guild and the Association of Professional Genealogists.

Materials List


  • There are no required materials for this seminar.

First Reading:

  • There is no reading assignment for this seminar.

Cost and Registration Information 

Registration Information

Registration opens at 9 am (CST) on Wednesday, September 1st . Newberry Associates members at the Literati level and above will have access to early registration beginning August 25th at 10am. Learn more about membership benefits and becoming a Newberry Associate.

Please note: The Newberry is moving to a new registration system called Learning Stream. This will simplify the registration process for participants, instructors, and staff. For more information about registration, including a guide to online registration, see our Registration Information page. Questions? Please contact seminars program staff via email at

We offer a 10% discount to members, seniors, and students.

This seminar is part of the Newberry’s Adult Education Seminars Program. Learn more about registering for a seminar, program policies, or teaching a seminar.