Event—Adult Education

Beginning Genealogy: A Crash Course


Using the Newberry’s rich genealogical collections, this class will provide an introduction to researching your family history.

Class Description

The Newberry has one of the nation’s strongest genealogy collections. This one-session class will show you accredited research methods for tracing your family’s history in America.

You’ll also learn about genealogical relationships and traditional family trees and charts, plus 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

No required materials or first reading.

Cost and Description

One session, $100 ($90 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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