Event—Adult Education

Beyond Shaky Leaf Hints

Curb your dependence on Ancestry’s “shaky leaf hints” by taking your genealogical skills to the next level!

Cost and Registration Information

Early Registration Price (January 9 at 10 am – January 26 at 4 pm): $70
Regular Registration Price (January 26 at 4 pm – first day of class): $77

Members, seniors, and students get a 10% discount.

This seminar is full. Please call (312) 255-3700 to be added to the wait list.

Excuse our dust!

Beginning January 2018 the Newberry will be undertaking renovation of much of the first floor. The Adult Education Seminars Program will still have use of the basement classrooms, but please check this link frequently for the latest conditions - which exterior doors are open or closed, where to find an accessible entrance, which restrooms are available, etc.

Because of the renovation, the Newberry Bookstore will be closed during the Winter/Spring and Summer 2018 terms. As such, seminar participants will be responsible for acquiring all required texts for their seminars on their own. We apologize sincerely for the inconvenience, and appreciate your understanding. We have put together a list of helpful resources that should make it easy to find the books you need.

Seminar Description

Curb your dependence on Ancestry’s “shaky leaf hints” by taking your genealogical skills to the next level! This class will focus on three areas: how to make Ancestry do your bidding, how to use other important genealogical databases and repositories, and how to gain research independence.
One session.

Marsha Peterson-Maass is author of the Fundamentals of Genealogy® textbook series who has led genealogy seminars at the Newberry Library since 2002.

Materials List


You can purchase the following two recommended textbooks as below. Instructor will also make them available to use in the classroom whether you choose to purchase them or not.

  • Marsha Peterson Maass, Fundamentals of Genealogy®: Basics for Everyone. ISBN#: 978-0578184166
  • Marsha Peterson Maass, Fundamentals of Genealogy®: Beyond Shaky Leaf Hints. ISBN#: forthcoming.

Both books are available for purchase directly from the instructor in the classroom or from the publisher, at https://www.lulu.com/spotlight/FundamentalsOfGenealogy

First Reading:

  • There is no reading assignment for the first class.

This class is part of the Newberry’s Adult Education Seminars Program. Learn more about our registration procedures.