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.

Genealogical tree of the Richard and Abigail Lippincott family in America, constructed and published by Charles Lippincott, 1880. Source: The Newberry Library, Call Number: E 7 .L675.

Class Description

The Newberry holds 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. 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 taught genealogy classes at the Newberry Library every year since 2002.

Materials List


  • Marsha Peterson-Maass, Fundamentals of Genealogy®: Basics for Everyone. ISBN: 978-0-578-18416-6
  • Marsha Peterson-Maass, Fundamentals of Genealogy®: The Most Helpful Tools You’ve Never Used. ISBN: 978-0-578-18417-3

Cost and Registration

1 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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