Event—Adult Education

Beginning Genealogy: A Crash Course

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Get a crash course in the research methods that will help you trace your family’s history in America.

Genealogical family tree for the Lippincott family, 1880s.

Class Description

Home to one of the nation’s strongest genealogy collections, the Newberry is an excellent place to pick up the fundamentals of genealogy research. This one-session class 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.

Marsha Peterson-Maass is author of the Fundamentals of Genealogy® textbook series and a board member of the Chicago Genealogical Society. She has led genealogy seminars at the Newberry Library every year since 2002.

Materials List


First Reading:

  • No first reading assignment

Cost and Registration

This class is full, but you can still register for the waitlist on Learning Stream.

One session, $95 ($85.50 for Newberry members, seniors, and students). Learn about becoming a member.

To register multiple people for this class, please go through the course calendar in Learning Stream, our registration platform. When you select the course and register, you’ll be prompted to add another registrant.

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