“Beginning Genealogy: A Crash Course” | Newberry

“Beginning Genealogy: A Crash Course”

Led by Marsha Peterson-Maass
Saturday, March 12, 2022
One session. Saturday, March 12


Virtual (Full - Register for Waitlist on Learning Stream)

Newberry Adult Education Seminars will meet both virtually and in the building for the Winter/Spring term. 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. If you have questions about online learning, please reach out to adulteducation@newberry.org.

Seminar Description

The Newberry has one of the nation’s strongest genealogy collections. This one-session course will show you accredited research methods for tracing your family’s history in America. You will also learn about genealogical relationships, traditional family trees and charts, and see a step-by-step example of finding genealogical information at home and in public sources.

One session. Registration – $85/$76.5

Marsha Peterson-Maass is author of the Fundamentals of Genealogy® textbook series and a Director of Valor Research for Purple Hearts Reunited. She has led genealogy seminars at the Newberry Library since 2002.

Materials List


  • Marsha Peterson-Maass, Fundamentals of Genealogy®: Basics for Everyone. ISBN-13: 978-0-578-18416-6.

  • Marsha Peterson-Maass, Fundamentals of Genealogy®: The Most Helpful Tools You’ve Never Used. ISBN-13: 978-0-578-18417-3

First Reading:

  • There is no first reading assignment

Cost and Registration Information 

Registration Information

Registration opens at 9 am (CST) on Wednesday, January 19th . Newberry Associates members at the Literati level and above will have access to early registration beginning January 12th at 10am. Learn more about membership benefits and becoming a Newberry Associate.

Please note: The Newberry uses Learning Stream for all Adult Education Seminar registrations. 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 adulteducation@newberry.org.

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.